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CARAMEL APPLE SHEET CAKE

Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

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Caramel Apple Sheet Cake is a perfect dessert for fall, combining the warm flavors of apples and cinnamon with a rich caramel icing. This easy-to-make sheet cake is ideal for large gatherings, potlucks, or any occasion where you need a crowd-pleaser. The moist, apple-studded cake topped with a smooth caramel icing will surely be a hit with everyone.

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Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped apples, peeled
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Caramel Icing:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preparing the Cake:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the vegetable oil and sugar, stirring until well blended.
  3. Combine Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the self-rising flour to the wet mixture, stirring until fully incorporated. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Add Apples and Pecans: Fold in the chopped apples, chopped pecans, and ground cinnamon. Mix until evenly distributed.
  5. Pour Batter: Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it out evenly.
  6. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool: Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

Preparing the Caramel Icing:

  1. Melt Butter: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add Brown Sugar: Stir in the dark brown sugar and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from Heat: Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  4. Mix Icing: Gradually whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.
  5. Spread Icing: Pour the caramel icing over the cooled cake, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.
  6. Set: Allow the icing to set before cutting and serving the cake.

Cook’s Notes

  • Apples: Choose firm, tart apples like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp for the best texture and flavor.
  • Nuts: If you have nut allergies or prefer a nut-free version, you can omit the pecans or substitute them with sunflower seeds or additional apples.
  • Icing: For a thicker icing, add more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached. For a thinner icing, add a little more milk.

Variations

  • Spiced Version: Add 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of allspice to the cake batter for a spicier flavor.
  • Glazed Apples: For an extra apple flavor, sauté additional apple slices with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, and arrange them on top of the icing before it sets.
  • Coconut Topping: Sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the caramel icing for added texture and flavor.

Keto and Low-Carb Version

For the Cake:

  • Flour: Use almond flour or coconut flour instead of self-rising flour. Add 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Sweetener: Replace the sugar with a keto-friendly sweetener such as erythritol or monk fruit sweetener.
  • Oil: Use coconut oil or avocado oil instead of vegetable oil.

For the Caramel Icing:

  • Sweetener: Replace the dark brown sugar with a keto-friendly brown sugar substitute like Swerve.
  • Milk: Use unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk instead of regular milk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I use other nuts instead of pecans?
    • Yes, you can substitute pecans with walnuts, almonds, or even omit them if you prefer.
  2. How do I store the cake?
    • Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  3. Can I freeze the cake?
    • Yes, you can freeze the cake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
  4. What type of apples should I use?
    • Firm, tart apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn work best for this recipe.
  5. Can I make this cake gluten-free?
    • Yes, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend instead of self-rising flour. Add 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the blend.

Caramel Apple Sheet Cake is a delectable dessert that perfectly captures the flavors of fall. The combination of a moist, cinnamon-spiced apple cake with a luscious caramel icing is simply irresistible. This easy-to-make sheet cake is sure to become a favorite at your family gatherings and holiday celebrations. With its versatile variations and keto-friendly options, there’s a version of this cake for everyone to enjoy. Happy baking!

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