If a rich, savory and sweet cake is on your mind, then this Caramel Apple Sheet Cake will satisfy your cravings. Full of cinnamon, caramel, and apples, this delicious Fall dessert will quickly become one of your family’s favorites.
CARAMEL APPLE SHEET CAKE
I think one of my favorite things about sheet cake is that it doesn’t seem like you are indulging as much when you enjoy a slice of these types of cake. Maybe it’s just because it’s one layer? Maybe because it doesn’t look like a large two layer cake? Regardless of what it is, there is something really fantastic about sheet cake.
If these cakes really aren’t your thing, I have a few other cake recipes that you might really enjoy. For example, like my Gingerbread cake or my Oreo Icebox Cake. Of course, one of my family’s absolute Funnel Cake Recipe. Granted, this isn’t your normal “cake”, however, who doesn’t love noshing on a warm Funnel cake?
Before you get started on this delicious dessert, here are a few helpful tips and suggestions.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHEET CAKE AND REGULAR CAKE?
The difference is in what pans are used. For a regular cake, you will normally use two 9″ inch round pans. When making a sheet cake, you will use a long shallow type of pan.
WHAT IS A SHEET CAKE PAN?
A sheet cake pan is a long, rectangle, and short sided pan. These pans are also referred to as a jelly roll pan.
WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR BAKING?
Hands down, the best apples for baking are Granny Smith. They are tart and hold up well under heat.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE A SHEET CAKE WITH APPLES AND CARAMEL?
- Flour – this must be all-purpose.
- Sugar – all great recipes use sugar.
- Cinnamon – this ingredient and apples go perfectly together.
- Unsalted sweet cream butter – all baking recipes should use unsalted butter.
- Shortening – you will use this instead of canola oil.
- Buttermilk – all great recipes use buttermilk.
- Baking soda – the ingredient that makes it rise.
- Eggs – these are the binding agent.
- Vanilla – make sure to use Pure Vanilla Extract.
- Green apples – make sure to use Granny Smith.
- Milk – this will be needed for the frosting.
- Powdered sugar – to make the frosting.
- Caramel sauce – need I say more.
- Pecans – to give the dessert a bit of crunch.
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The full breakdown of the recipe as well as the ingredients needed are listed below in the printable recipe card. I have included a few in-process photos for your reference.
If a rich, savory and sweet cake is on your mind, then this Caramel Apple Sheet Cake will satisfy your cravings. Full of cinnamon, caramel, and apples, this delicious Fall dessert will quickly become one of your family's favorites.
- 2 C + 2 TBSP flour
- 2 C sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 stick unsalted sweet cream butter
- 1 C water
- 1/2 C shortening
- 1/2 C buttermilk
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 large green apples
- FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
- 1 stick unsalted sweet cream butter
- 6 TBSP whole milk
- 3 1/2 C powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 C chopped pecans
- 1/8 C caramel sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prep jelly roll pan with baking spray set aside
Peel and chop 2 large apples to equal 2 cups
Add the flour, sugar, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside.
Add the butter, water, and shortening to a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it has reached a boil begin to slowly add the flour mixture stirring as your add.
Begin adding the following in this exact order.. buttermilk, next baking soda, then eggs, and lastly vanilla. You must stir to mix well after each ingredient is added. Now, stir in the apples.
Slowly pour this batter into the prepared jelly roll pan.
Place in at oven and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
When baked remove from oven allowing to cool for 10-15 minutes.
In a medium bowl combine the butter and milk. Transfer to a microwave and heat until the butter has melted. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and caramel sauce. Stir until fully combined.
Pour over the cooled cake.
Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top.