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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. Linda V says:

    Fall pumpkins and a local farm that has wonderful pumpkin donuts.

  2. murra says:

    The cake looks fab and sooooo fall like!! Enjoy getting your recipes!

  3. maria says:

    Congrats on the book! Love the cake!

  4. Marla says:

    Looking forward to getting the kids dressed up for Halloween and PUMPKIN PIE!!

  5. Julie Hollabaugh says:

    I love taking the kiddos to the pumpkin patch and decorating the house the house for Fall. I always really start to feel the urge to bake. It makes the house smell yummy and Fallish. ;)

  6. Marla says:

    I don’t know how to link my FB share to this page, but I did share it and tagged you in the process!

  7. Wendy G says:

    I love getting out the baking gear and diving into Fall recipes that include pumpkin, pumpkin and, oh, did I mention pumpkin? My daughters are old enough now to really appreciate Halloween decorating, so I really do look forward to that and seeing their excitement as the neighborhood starts to transform into spooky fun.

  8. Lauren Bentrup says:

    Our son’s birthday is on Halloween, so his parties are awesome! :) Other than that, during the fall we love to pick & carve pumpkins!

  9. Harmony Bays says:

    I LOVE everything about fall…the weather most of all! The changing leaves, long hikes, taking out my camera, jumping in a big pile of leaves with my three kiddos, Pumpkin patches are so fun. Actually there isn’t anything I don’t like…
    And I especially love the FOOD, I am so making this recipe this weekend. It looks SO good, and I love the step by step photography added…it is jumping it right off the page. This looks like a really fun cook book

  10. Wendy G says:

    Tweeted about it here: https://twitter.com/#!/DMBartender and mentioned you. I absolutely cannot wait to try this cake recipe, BTW.

  11. Wendy G says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/#!/DMBartender and mentioned you. Way to go on your new cookbook. You are definitely an inspiration to bakers everywhere! :)

  12. Harmony Bays says:

    Shared this with my facebook friends

  13. Harmony Bays says:

    I shared this with my facebook friends

  14. Annika says:

    My favourite fall activity for now is trying as many pumpkin-inspired food things as possible. Pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup… You get the picture!

  15. Wow!!! Fall gets me in the mood to start really crafting. I will sit for hours working on crafts.

  16. Kelly-I LOVE this gorgeous cake. You’re so kind to do a giveaway of your wonderful book. I can’t wait to get baking with my copy! xx

  17. lisa c says:

    taking the kids to the school halloween party, taking walks thru the leaves, baking lots of fall inspired treats.

  18. Julia says:

    My favorite fall activity is baking and we also go to my sister’s to help hand out candy on Halloween.

  19. Fall is all about baking for me. I’d love to bake up this luscious cake!

  20. Saramiah says:

    My favorite fall thing to do is the corn maze. I love it. It’s a silly fun way to burn off calories before eating homemade cake and pie.

  21. Paula says:

    Pumpkin patch and hayrides with my daughter! Looking forward to making this cake too

  22. Forgotten salted caramel? How could you! This cake looks divine! Fall is my favorite time of year, I love apple and pumpkin picking, being in the kitchen (I get into nesting mode, too), reading, taking road trips to see the pretty leaves, and spending time with family.

  23. I shared the giveaway on Facebook (tagged Evil Shenanigans), but I unfortunately don’t have Twitter :(

  24. This cake looks heavenly. I sooo want a piece right now. I love salted caramel! I dont think there is a fall activity I dont like, but when I lived in NY I would drive upstate to the Woodstock area on fall weekends. I just loved going up there, grabbing a coffee and walking through the small town and into some trails to see the beautiful foliage.

  25. Peg D says:

    Love fresh, crisp Macintosh apples. Had my first cider donut of the season last week. Can’t wait for more! The leaves are just starting to turn. Fall in Vermont is wonderful. Last year I went to my first Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms and want to go again this year. Nothing beats a beautiful, sunny fall day.

  26. Leah says:

    We’ve already carved five jack o’laterns this year and there will be more to come! The roasted pumpkin seeds were tasty too!

  27. Amanda Thompson says:

    My favorite fall activities are football and baking!!

  28. Yan says:

    Drinking hot apple cider

  29. Dian Miller says:

    I love to decorate my home with fall leaves and pumpkins!

  30. Louis says:

    your cake looks delicious. I am baking cookies right now :) One of my favorite fall ctivities is baking pumkin pie, also decorating for Halloween

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  31. Louis says:

    I tweeted your giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  32. Louis says:

    I shared on my Face Book

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  33. Tickled Red says:

    Oh my goodness, love the recipe but most of all I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to flip through your book :D The boys and I love making Halloween costumes together.

  34. Dawn says:

    Cooler weather, warm, furry jackets and scarves. Being outdoors with kids instead of stuck in air conditioning in house with 100+ degree weather outside.

  35. Carmen says:

    Every fall we go to the local apple festival (10′ apple pie!) I also love to go to the apple orchards to pick straight from the tree – and maybe even take in a corn maze

  36. Amelia says:

    I tried to make the caramel sauce tonight. I want to make the cake, but since I’m 6 1/2 months pregnant, I thought I’d make the caramel sauce tonight and then the cake tomorrow. Anywho, I got the sugar to a nice dark brown caramel, removed it from the heat, and put in the cream and butter. I measured out the salt and them added it. I think I was moving too slow because when I started to whisk things together the caramel was hardening. I managed to stick with it and whisk for a while, and got some caramel sauce which tastes really good. However, I think that I only got about 1 or so cup as opposed to two. Any suggestions on how I can make this better or thoughts on what happened? Thanks!

  37. Karyn says:

    I’ve made this cake three times this week! It’s delicious and surprisingly easy. I do find that it takes longer than 6 minutes to get the amber colour, but that’s no doubt due to variations in cooktops and pans (I use Le Creuset on induction). I also reduced the sea salt to 1 tsp after the first cake. Again, there seems to be variety between salts in terms of grain size. Love the website and the recipes!

  38. Ness says:

    Yummy :-).

    Fall activites: Working the last time in the Garden before the winter starts. Enjoying the sun. Make long walks and after it a hot chocolate.

  39. Jenn says:

    This recipe looks fabulous! Knew I wanted to make it from the minute I saw it, in fact, it’s going to make an appearance at Thanksgiving this year. I do have a question though -with having a million things going on Thanksgiving day, could the whipped cream be made up the night before and still be whipped cream? Thanks in advance for the help.

  40. OTA Mom says:

    Running through the fallen leaves with my kids! :)

  41. Janet says:

    I love to take a ride and look at all the beautiful colors of the leaves

  42. Saw this on Pinterest, Yum! can’t wait to make it!

  43. di says:

    Fall means pulling out the Halloween decoration and making some pumpkin bread ant hot apple cider.

  44. di says:

    Liked you on facebook:)


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