Unique versions of apple cake with caramel sauce are featured at Landolakes.com, About.com and Pillsburybaking.com. Two versions include chopped walnuts and one recipe uses a packaged quick bread and muffin mix. Making this dessert involves a two-step process, and the caramel sauce is prepared after the cake is baked.
Apple cake can be made from scratch with butter or vegetable oil. In the butter version, 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour are combined with 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar. Dry ingredients are moistened by 3/4 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup water. Tart cooking apples are included, and this recipe uses 2-1/2 cups of chopped apples. A creamy caramel sauce combines 3/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream with 3 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Another version of apple cake moistens dry ingredients with 1/2 cup vegetable oil and includes 4 cups of unpeeled chopped apples. This version also uses a total of 3 teaspoons of cinnamon in the cake mixture and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in the caramel topping. An easy version of apple cake combines 1 package of nut quick bread mix, 3 cups apple pie filling with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Apple cake with caramel sauce is sometimes served with vanilla ice cream.