Monday, September 19, 2011

Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting

Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting

Made this cake to take to the West End Gallery picnic on Sunday. Tom says "It is excellent!"  He went back for seconds.

I found it in an out-of-print popular cookbook from a 1970's era Vermont restaurant called Bakery Lane Soup Bowl.  It was featured on the back of the book, so I knew it had to be pretty good. 

Fresh Apple Cake
(from the Bakery Lane Soup Bowl cookbook)
Makes 9 x 13 inch cake

2 1/3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. EACH of cloves and nutmeg
4 cups chopped, peeled apples  ( I used Gala)
1/2 cup soft shortening
1/2 cup chopped walnuts  (I used 1 cup pecans)
2 eggs
caramel frosting

Combine flour, sugar, soda, salt and spices in large mixing bowl.  Mix until well blended, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add apples, shortening, nuts and eggs.  Beat at medium speed until well blended.  Pour into a greased, and floured, 9 x 13 inch pan.  Bake in pre-heated 325 degrees oven 45 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Frost in pan with caramel frosting.

Caramel Frosting
Makes about 1 cup

1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
dash salt
3 T. milk
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar (about)
1/4 t. vanilla

Melt butter in small saucepan.  Add brown sugar and salt.  Stir over medium heat until sugar melts.  Add milk and bring to a boil.  Pour into mixing bowl and cool 10 minutes.  Add confectioners sugar and vanilla.  Beat to spreading consistency, adding additional confections sugar, if necessary.  Spread on Fresh Apple Cake.

It traveled well,  stayed moist overnight and was easy to make! 



  1. Barbara ~ This is certainly a good time of year to post recipes using apples, isn't it! Topping the cake with caramel frosting makes me think of candied apples. Yum...

  2. Made this over the weekend. It's very tasty and I really like the frosting. I'll probably use it on other cakes =D

  3. Glad you tried it, Emily! Let me know when you find another use for the caramel frosting. I might try it on Gingerbread.

  4. I have used that cookbook for decades and love every single recipe in it!

  5. This is one of my favorite cake recipes and I have owned the book for years (I live in Vermont) but have moved several times over the years and have not been able to find it. So glad to find this recipe again! Believe it or not, when I got married in 1984, this was my wedding cake - different frosting though. Thanks so much!!!