Caramel Apple Pound Cake

Caramel Apple Pound Cake with tangy cream cheese glaze
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A   tender  cake   with  caramel  apple  pieces in every bite !  Make  it  once  and  it  will become  your  favorite apple  cake.

Caramel Apple Pound Cake with tangy cream cheese glaze

Now  that is  one  slice  I could  go for  any time !

Buttery pound  cakes  are  one  of  those  old-fashioned    treats   that  never  fails  to  please.  These  are  perfect  for  any occasion

  • Serve plain  with a  cup of  tea (My favorite)
  • Make fruity trifles  for   a  lighter  summery  treat
  • Serve with  kicked  up  sauces  and  a  scoop of  ice  cream

What  ever  the  season is –  fall,  winter ,  spring   summer –  it is  pound cake  season!.

Needless  to say I am  a  big  fan of pound  cake.  What  could  be  simpler  than   mixing equal parts of  the  ingredients  in  baking ?  Good  things  go into the  batter  the   great things  come out  of  the  oven –  sounds  simple  right ?

Indeed  the results  are  always  delicious.   Now  you  mix  in caramelized apples    and the    end  result  is  this  ‘ridiculously   delicious   caramel  apple  pound  cake’ !

Caramel Apple Pound Cake with tangy cream cheese glaze

Apples

Use any firm  apples  that   do not    turn to mush  when heated.  I have  made  these with Gala  and   Granny Smith  but  any  firm apple  will do.  Here is  a   tip  – use a  firm  tart apple.    The  tartness  complements  the  buttery sweet  rich caramel

Equal parts …

This  is  a  standard   pound cake  recipe   that  builds  on the   wisdom of equal parts of  eggs, butter,  flour  and  sugar.  I have  added a  little  bit  of  leavening  as an  added  insurance – just  in case  I  fold  in extra   caramel apples  😊.  But  you  wouldn’t  and the recipe   will hold  up  well  without  it.


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Spices

A  hint  of  cinnamon is  also  added  to the  cake  because –  well  isn’t  the   apple   cinnamon  match  truly  made in heaven ??    Cinnamon  is  the  only spice  that I use  in this  cake.   If  you  would  like to make  it  spicier add  ¼  tsps of  nutmeg/all spice/cloves.

There are two  introduce  spice  to  this  cake,    either  add to the  cake  batter  or  to the  caramel    sauce.   If you are  looking  for a  dramatic  presentation  – yellow  cake  with  brown caramel   bits  of  apples – then  add  the  cinnamon to  the   caramel.

Cake Pans

I  love  using bundt  pans for  these  cake.  The  cakes  looks  beautiful as is or  with just a   touch of  powdered  sugar. This   recipe  uses a  6 C bundt  cake  pan, but can be  made   in  any  size  pan,  just  keep in mind  that  the  cooking  time  will change  depending  on  how  thick or  thin  you make  it.

There was   absolute  silence  in the kitchen as I served  this  to  the  kids  as  an after school  snack.   Kid Approved!!!  OK parenting  experts – I agree  it  is not  the  best nutritious  choice ! But  you have  to  give  me  some  credit  for  using organic  ingredients  and   serving  fresh REAL  food !

Caramel Apple Pound Cake with tangy cream cheese glaze

Go ahead  slather on the  the  cream  cheese  glaze  ! Occasional (!) indulgence is  good   for  everyone :-).
Making the Caramel Apple Pound Cake with tangy cream cheese glaze

Here are  the  steps  to making   caramel apple  pound  cake

  • 1 – 3  Make  the  caramel and  coat  the  sliced  apples
  • 4. Prepare the bundt pan
  • 5. Cream the  butter  and  sugar  really well.
  • 6. Sift  the  dry ingredients  and  set aside.
  • 7. Beat  in the  eggs, one  by one,   to the  butter  mixture.
  • 8. MIx  in the  vanilla.
  • 9 – 10 Fold  in teh   flour mix  in batches .
  • 11. Add the  caramel apples
  • 12.  Pour  into the  bundt pan and  bake !

Recipe  Tips

    1. Everything  at  room temp, including  the  caramel apples.
    2. Cream the  butter  and  sugar   really (I mean  really) well.
    3. Butter  and  flour  the  cake  pans  before  you  start  making  the  batter.  Tap the pans upside  down on the  counter  a  few  times  to    get  rid  of  any excess  flour.
    4. Butter is sticky  –  So don’t  forget  to   scrape   the  sides of  the pan  often  while  making the batter.
    5. Fold in the   apples and   any leftover  caramel  sauce.   This is  the  time  to   be  gentle  and  graceful –  leave the  Kitchen Aids  and beaters and   mixers  out  of  it.
    6. The   cake  domes – make a  slight  cave  effect  towards the   center of the  cake  helps  reduce  it a little.
    7. Test before  taking it  out.

Important

This is a  tall cake  and   sometime  the  tops  brown  before  it  is  cooked  fully.  A  cake  tester (wooden  skewer /  toothpick ) inserted  into the  center of  the  cake  should  come  out  clean. If  the  tops  are  browned  and  the   cake tester  is  sticky   cover the  cake  pan  with   foil   and  continue  baking  for  10 minutes   before  testing  again.

When  using  bundt  pans  it is  important  to cool in pan for  about   10 to 20 minutes.  Place  the  pan  on the   cooling  rack  and  invert  on to the  rack after  cooling for at least 10 minutes.   Do not  try to  push the  cake  out  when it  is  warm.

Here is  how  to  make  this  caramel apple  pound  cake .

Caramel Apple Pound Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Buttery pound cake   with  pieces of  caramel apple  in each bite.   This delicious  cake  is  going  to be  your  favorite  apple  cake.  The  tangy   cream cheese  galze  is  the perfect  complement  to the   carmel. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Syama
Ingredients
For Caramel Apples
  • 1 - 2 Apples Any firm variety
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 4 Tbsp Sugar
For Batter
  • 2 C AP Flour (250g)
  • 1 C Butter
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 4 Eggs Large
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Tangy Cream Cheese Galze
  • 1/2 C Cream Cheese 4oz
  • 1 C Powdered Sugar More if needed
  • 4 Tbsp Lemon Juice Fresh Squeezed
  • 1 Drop Vanilla
Instructions
Make caramel apples
  1. Peel, core and chop apples to 1/2" cubes. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter In a saute pan. Add 4 Tbsp sugar to the melted butter. Spread evenly and let it caramelize over medium to low heat. Once the sugar has liquefied and turned light brown add the chopped apples to it. Stir to coat evenly. Cook over low heat for a few minutes to evaporate any extra juices from the apples . Turn off the heat and let it cool.
Prepare the pan
  1. Pre heat the oven to 350°F.

    Brush the  insides of  the bundt  pan  generously with  oil / melted  butter  and  dust  with  flour. Set a side .

Make the cake batter
  1. Make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature.
  2. Sift the flour , baking powder , salt and cinnamon together and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter until fluffy. Add the sugar and beat till a smooth creamy mixture is formed. Add the eggs one by one and beat in well.   Scarpe   down the  sides  of  the  bowl   in beween. Mix in vanilla. 

  4. Add the flour  to the   wet  mix in batches and mix in using a wooden spoon or spatula.

  5. If the caramel apple mixture has solidified, heat it for 30 seconds to 1 minute to warm the mix and soften  the caramel. Turn off the heat as soon as the caramel begins to melt .  The mixture should not be hot. 

  6.  Fold the caramel mixture into the cake batter.  Pour  the  batter into  the bundt cake pan. Tap pan gently on the counter to remove air air trapped in the batter.

  7. Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or till a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the cake.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 to 20  minutes. Invert into a cooling rack and cool completely.

    Spread a thick layer of  tangy cream cheese  glaze  and  serve. 

Make tangy cream cheese Glaze
  1. Bring  the  cream  cheese   to  room temperature.  Beat  it  will with  a  spatula  or  electric  beater.  Add  1/2 c  powderred  sugar  to   the  softened   cream  cheese   and  mix  in .   Mix  in 3 Tbsp lemon  juice and  vanilla.     Taste  and   add  the   remaining   sugar  / lemon  juice  if  needed.  

Recipe Notes
  • Bring  all the   ingredients  for  the   cake to  room temperature  before  making  the batter. 

Caramel Apple Pound Cake with tangy cream cheese glaze

Pass me  a  slice please !!!

How  would  you   serve it ?

  • With  Tangy cream  cheese  drizzle ?
  • Topped  with  caramel  sauce?
  • Cream  cheese  icing  and   a  serving  of  caramel apples ??
  • .. and  with  salted  caramel  ice  cream ??

Personally,  I could  go  for a  taste of  each !!!

 

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