Caramel & Walnut Apple Cake | Recipe

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In the depths of winter, you can always rely on apples to transport you back to the cool, colourful Autumns of seasons past. That’s exactly what this Caramel & Walnut Apple Cake recipe is for – and it does it well!

Apples are the perfect thing to bake into a cake. Not only do they help to keep it moist, but they’re easily available all year round, and they’re cheap (which is more than can be said for baking with berries!). In Ireland especially, we are always over-run with cooking apples after the Autumn, so saving some of these for baking throughout the winter is a pretty good idea. 

This Apple Cake Recipe is one of my favourite ways to use up leftover apples. Topped with caramel and walnuts too? Does life get any better?! 

Apple, caramel, and nuts is a classic combination, so you really can’t go wrong with this one. I find the caramel here is a great alternative to using icing. It’s different, and always wonderfully unexpected when you serve this cake.

Caramel and walnuts top this apple cake recipe

What cake fanatic isn’t going to go crazy for that delectable combination of caramel & nuts? Now THAT’S food porn!

I used a bundt cake tin to make this, but you could of course use any cake tin that’s available to you. A bundt cake works well with this icing however, as you can pile the walnuts up on top of it. A wider, flatten cake may require more icing, so keep that in mind if you change the shape of the cake. The bundt cake works well too in that it’s deep, so it’s easy to spread the apple chunks throughout the cake, rather than it all sinking during baking, which may happen with a flatter, thinner cake. For this apple cake recipe, I recommend the bundt tin, or a smaller, deeper cake tin for better distribution of the apple chunks.

This apple cake recipe is so easy to make

This is the ideal cake to serve alongside a cup of coffee on a Sunday afternoon. It’s sweet, sticky, and with a dollop of whipped cream, it’s perfection. Apple cake doesn’t come much better than this. There are countless recipes for this classic bake, but I’m a firm believer that there isn’t an apple cake recipe better than this one! It has the sweet, moist cake, the sweet caramel, and the crunchy nuts – the perfect combination of flavours.

You just can’t go wrong with this one!

Caramel & Walnut Apple Cake
A moist and delicate apple cake, topped with sticky caramel and toasted walnuts.
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
For the Cake
  1. 2 apples (variety of choice) cored, peeled & diced into small chunks
  2. 380g plain flour
  3. 200g caster sugar
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 3 tsp baking powder
  6. 60mls orange juice
  7. 4 free range eggs
  8. 235mls vegetable oil
  9. 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Caramel Topping
  1. 65g caster sugar
  2. 1 tbsp golden syrup
  3. 2 tbsp water
  4. 120mls cream
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. 100g toasted, chopped walnuts
For the Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Grease and flour a bundt cake tin and set aside.
  3. Combine the apples chunks and cinnamon, and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. In another bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, orange juice and sugar until totally combined. Stir in the dry ingredients, until totally combined.
  6. Add the batter to the bundt tin in batches, sprinkling the diced apple over each bit of batter, so it's evenly spread throughout the cake.
  7. Bake the cake for approx. 50 minutes, until the cake is golden, and a skewer comes out clean.
For the Icing
  1. Once the cake is mostly cooled, you can top it with the caramel.
  2. Top make the caramel, melt together the sugar, syrup, and water until the sugar is bubbling and a dark golden/brown colour.
  3. Add the cream, carefully as it may spatter, and whisk to create a pale, luscious caramel.
  4. Add the chopped & toasted walnuts and salt, mixing to combine.
  5. Once the caramel has cooled slightly, pour oven the top of the cake.
  6. Allow to cool completely before serving.
  7. Enjoy with whipped cream and a cup of coffee!
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