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Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake (And a Giveaway!)

When life gives you left-over Salted Caramel Sauce, I say make pound cake!

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake

With fall teasing us in the Dallas area, the temperatures are fluctuating between 100 and 80, I find myself feeling very domestic.  The cooler weather puts me in the mood to putter around the house organizing books, clearing out closets, and whipping up cozy treats in the kitchen.  Usually during this time of year I would be baking fall fruit pies, as the cooler weather seems perfect for pie, but this year I have had my fill of pie.  With all the cookbook frenzy behind me I have turned my attention to cakes.  While clearing out the refrigerator, which I am sad to admit needed some particular attention, I found a jar of homemade Salted Caramel Sauce that I had photographed for the next cookbook.  How had I forgotten it?  Even more important, what would I make with it?

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake

This pound cake has salted caramel in the batter, salted caramel dripping over the top, and it is all finished with a salted caramel whipped cream.  It sounds like it would be very rich and overpowering but it isn’t.  In the cake batter the salted caramel adds a subtle, nutty yet buttery flavor that compliments the sweet-tart apple bits.  The apples seem to sort of melt into the cake, but when you find a bite with apple in it you can certainly taste it.  Because I prefer pound cake served with some sweet whipped cream I decided to experiment and make a Salted Caramel Whipped Cream.  I will tell you it is good enough to eat all by itself, and it is my new go-to Thanksgiving whipped cream.  I can’t wait to try it dolloped on pumpkin pie!

Now, for the giveaway … I am so happy to be giving away not one, but TWO copies of my new cookbook, Everything Pie!  How do I get from pound cake to pie, you ask?  Well, the Salted Caramel Sauce recipe I have included in this recipe is also found in Everything Pie.  See, it fits!

How to enter:

First, comment below and tell me about your favorite fall activities.  Do you love to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in a pumpkin patch?  Trick-or-treating with the kids?  Maybe you love going to a harvest festival?  Whatever it is, tell me about it.  What can I say, I’m nosy!

Second, Tweet about this giveaway with a link back to this entry, then post a link to that tweet in the comments below.  Tweet whatever you like, and if you want to mention me (which would be lovely) my Twitter handle is @BakingBlog.

Finally, tell your friends on Facebook by sharing a link to this entry.  Just post a link back here so I can see you did.

The giveaway ends October 11, 2011 at 11 pm CST.   The winner will be selected at random and notified via email (so be sure to use a valid email address when commenting) no later than October 13, 2011.   In the event that the same person wins both books (with multiple entries it could happen) a second winner will be selected.  I am providing the books from my own personal supply.

Good luck, and now back to the cake …

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake     Serves 10 to 12

For the cake:
1 stick (4 ounces) butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup Salted Caramel Sauce, divided (recipe follows)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups cake flour
1 cup whole milk
1 Granny Smith (or other firm apple) peeled, cored, and chopped

For the whipped cream:
2 tablespoons Salted Caramel Sauce
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Heat the oven to 325 F and spray a 10 to 15 cup bundt or ring pan with non-stick cooking spray.

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In the work bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and 1/2 cup of the salted caramel sauce until well combined.  Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

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Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture, beating for 2 minutes after adding each egg.  Once all the eggs are added stir in the vanilla.

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In a separate bowl sift together the cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, baking powder, salt, all-purpose flour, and cake flour.  Alternately add the flour mixture and milk into the butter, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.  Fold in the apple pieces.

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Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the cake springs back in the center when gently pressed.  Watch the cake carefully starting at the 45 minute mark, and do not over-bake.

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake

Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Once cool pour the reserved caramel over the top, allowing it to drip naturally down the sides.

For the whipped cream combine the salted caramel, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream in a medium bowl.  Whip until the mixture forms medium peaks.

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake

Serve the cake with a generous scoop of the whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake


Salted Caramel Sauce     Yield about 2 cups

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

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In a medium saucepan with deep sides add the sugar, water, and corn syrup.  Place the pot over medium heat and, swirling but never stirring, bring the mixture to a boil.  Brush the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush if any sugar crystals cling to the edge of the pot.

Allow the mixture to boil until it is a deep amber color and the sugar smells like dark caramel, about 6 minutes.

Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake

Remove the pot from the heat and, very carefully as it will bubble up, whisk in the heavy cream, butter, and salt.  Once the butter is melted let the caramel cool to room temperature.  Left-overs can be stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to a month.


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147 Responses to “Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake (And a Giveaway!)”

  1. Cindy B. says:

    I tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/#!/Cinbat03

  2. Cindy B. says:

    I share this giveaway on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/

  3. Kari says:

    My favorite fall activity is picking apples at the apple orchard. We went last weekend, it was great!

  4. Jacqui says:

    It is hard to pick one favorite fall activity – I am obsessed with fall and love everything about it! From pumpkin and apple picking to haunted houses to baking with fall ingredients, I love it all!

  5. Make pound cake indeed! This looks stunning!! And a great fall recipe

  6. Mellisa W. says:

    Being able to bake with pumpkin and people not looking at you weird. Thanks!

  7. Emily says:

    My favorite fall activity is just getting back into the kitchen to bake.

  8. Hi Kelly, Just wanted to congratulate you on your fantastic Everything Pie Cookbook. I wish I could have a slice of your cake with my tea now. Shulie

  9. Wow! This cake looks and sounds absolutely divine! Love the flavors! One of my favorite fall activities, aside from eating all the treats that go along with fall, would be apple picking. I know it may seem generic, but I look forward to it every year… it’s just always a great bonding experience!

  10. colleen guidone says:

    I love to bake-the smell of fall apples and pumpkins filling the house is the best!!!

  11. Becky says:

    Yum – looks delicious! This north TX girl is tired of being teased too – SO ready for consistent fall weather! My favorite thing about fall is baking/cooking up a storm and leaving the oven door open afterwards to heat the house! Sometimes it’s the little things in life : )

  12. victoria says:

    That sounds awesome!

  13. Melissa says:

    I can’t believe you found so many ways to incorporate salted caramel sauce into one recipe; you might just be my new hero! My very favorite fall activity is football: tailgating, throwing parties, cheering hard. That truly symbalizes fall to me.

  14. Sharity says:

    Getting out the pumpkin pie spice and using it in everything, made pumpkin carrot cake last night, plan on pumpkin pie cheesecake next week

  15. Amy Dawson says:

    This looks and sounds delicious! Great job detailing each and every step too.

  16. Jane says:

    The kids and I bake a special batch of pumpkin shaped sugar cookies right before Halloween! That’s about it, really, though. Not the most exciting, but definitely yummy :)

  17. Sarah Smith says:

    This is my first fall. I’m from a much warmer country and I haven’t had the pleasure of this lovely cooling off before. I let you know next year what liked best this year.

  18. NancyC says:

    My favorite fall activities are baking and going to local craft fairs!

  19. I love cooking with pumpkin and going to the pumpkin patch with the kiddos!

  20. Stephanie M says:

    My favorite fall activity is baking honey cake for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. There are a lot of ingredients, but they all simply go into one big bowl. I love when baking is simple and yet still very delicious. I am able to share a holiday tradition with all my friends.

  21. Susie says:

    I love being able to cook more, more warm treats, more soups and stews – mmmm

  22. Susie says:

    delete this comment, moderator, i don’t want to be entering twice. but i forgot to say i’m dying to make this cake :-)

  23. Frieda says:

    My favorite Fall activity is leaf peeping! I love to take a drive up in the mountains and look at all the pretty colors….

  24. Frieda says:

    Tweeted @friedaluvsbread

    I think it’s great you have a cookbook! Thanks for a wonderful recipe and giveaway!

  25. Kristen says:

    We like to go apple picking and then make apple cake. I’m SO trying this recipe!

  26. Heather says:

    All the fall festivals. We have a huge on in our town – and most of the surrounding towns have something going on every weekend. It’s fun to go – eat “fair food” and wander around all the booths etc.

    The pound cake looks awesome. Definitely trying it.

  27. Heather says:


    Is the link to sharing the giveaway on Facebook.

  28. Savorique says:

    Apple-salted caramel is a great flavor combo. And it’s such an affordable yet tasty cake: leftover caramel, apples…
    Thanks for sharing this one. I’m going to tweet about it.

  29. Liz says:

    We like all of the above! This weekend is our towns Harvest Festival, and we usually do the pumpkin patch the same weekend to get pumpkins & mums to decorate the front porch! And of course we love trick or treating and just having game nights or sitting around the fire with spiked hot chocolate, YUM!

  30. Every year we take our girls to a fall festival at a local greenhouse. They do hayrides on a horse-drawn wagon, have free homemade donuts, a petting zoo, pumpkin-picking, and other fun activities for the little ones.

  31. Heather says:

    I love to take my kids to the pumpkin patch with my husband and my sisters family. We are going this weekend.
    Thanks for the give awey. :)

  32. I love EVERYTHING about fall! The weather, the change of colors, and especially the cranberry festivals up in northern Wisconsin! It’s ALL great!

  33. jan says:

    LOVE… making carmel apples with my two amazing daughters… then delivering to all our favorite neighbors

  34. Debbie says:

    I love fall cooking and canning and when I am done with that…I love putting things to bed for the winter so they will be happy and healthy come spring!

  35. iamgogo says:

    My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather. That, and our annual pumpkin patch trip is a must!

  36. Love this cake. I tweeted the giveaway because I’m a major pie person. Can’t wait to see the cookbook.

    You asked about personal Halloween experiences. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and you’d know that by my house-cats, ravens and sinister decor this month–and other months.

    I love to go to Half Moon Bay-pumpkin capitol of the world–the whole town is decked out for the holiday! Great shop windows and pumpkin patches.

    Have a great holiday

  37. Kelly, this pound cake sounds beyond wonderful. Salted caramel turns everything it touches to gold!

    Congratulations on your book! That is definitely one I need in my kitchen because I am irrationally scared of making pies and am determined to overcome that.

    As for favorite fall activities – well, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. We usually host a Halloween party for my kids’ friends and all of us get dressed up. Often my parents are here to visit at that time and they get right into the spirit. Last year they dressed up as ketchup and mustard. They were the hit of the party!

  38. I tweeted about the giveaway (& your gorgeous pound cake). http://twitter.com/#!/cookincanuck/status/121629583832399872

  39. jeannette says:

    my favorite thing to do in the fall is to literally feel the season change. it takes a while for us to settle in to fall (being in houston) but feeling the air getting colder and the mornings getting darker is satisfying. and baking with pumpkin and apples, duhhhh.

  40. Chris says:

    I would LOVE this book! In (older) circles, I was known as the pie lady…..but haven’t baked a pie in over two years. I need a kick in the pants!

    One favorite fall cooking activity is making apple butter! I’m impatiently waiting but it won’t be long now!

    Congratulations on a book I will own, one way or another!

  41. My fav fall activity is walking while the leaves are falling. This cake looks so fantastic.c

  42. Cara says:

    I love going to the local apple orchard and just being able to enjoy the wonderful weather and football is great too!

  43. Janssen says:

    I love visiting Edward’s Apple Farm in Illinois (sadly, we live in Texas, so it’s very rare that we get to go). We don’t pick apples – we just eat donuts and fudge and apple cider and pie.

  44. Well…since I just found out that the baby shower I’m co-hosting in November is going to have a fall pie theme, it seems like a good time to win your book!

    One of my favorite things about the fall is apple cider. I had a cider float over the weekend with pumpkin ice cream. Delcious!

  45. Darleen Kurisko says:

    Making homemade pumpkin lattes is my absolute favorite fall treat!


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