I found a deeply discounted bag of apples at the Farmer’s Market. Some of the apples had gotten bruised and they wanted them gone. I arrived home with my apples and placed them in a bowl while I decided what to do with them. I have a killer apple bundt cake recipe, but Bryan likes apple pies. The rest of the family all have a favorite dish as well. I hadn’t decided what to make when I noticed Justin walking by with apples in hand. “These are bruised. I am giving them to Chaucer, the rabbit.” I’ve often said my family would never make it as pioneers because they would decide the food was out of date or bruised and throw it away. “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” I exclaimed. “I am using them to make a cake. ” I glanced through some cookbooks quickly until I found several recipes I liked. I couldn’t decide what I wanted, so I decided to combine some of the recipes and change some ingredients. The result was this cake that I think is the Best Caramel Apple Bar Recipe ever. Who can resist those classic tastes of Fall; apples, caramel, and cinnamon? Even the family members who don’t like apples thought it was delicious.
The Best Caramel Apple Sheet Cake Ever
This recipe tastes so decadent with a layer of flaky crust, a rich layer of delicious apple cinnamon filling, and topped with a gooey homemade caramel sauce. This recipe is easily made gluten-free by using a gluten-free cake mix. Here’s my Secret Tip: If you don’t want the crust to become soggy, add a thin layer of crushed cornflakes or corn chex on top of the crust before adding the filling. You won’t be able to taste them but they help absorb the moisture of the apples. Also, adjust the level of cinnamon to your taste. You can add more or less depending on how much you like cinnamon.
- 1 box (15.25 ounces) yellow cake mix (OR use Gluten-Free Cake Mix)
- ½ cup butter (1 stick) softened
- 1 egg
- ½ cup crushed cornflakes or corn chex
- 6 cups apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 cup (8 ounces) brown sugar
- Caramel Sauce:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Mix apples, cinnamon, and sugar together in a large bowl, Set aside.
- Blend together butter, cake mix, and egg until mixture is crumbly. Reserve ⅔ cup batter. Spread remaining batter across 7" by 9" greased baking dish, making sure batter touches the edges. Spread cornflakes evenly across batter.
- Spread apple mixture evenly across the top of the crust. Top apple mixture with reserved crumb batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until apples are tender.
- While mixture is baking, mix together brown sugar, butter, and heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Remove mixture from heat and stir in powdered sugar until the sugar is completely blended.
- Immediately pour over warm cake when it is removed from the oven.
Obviously, these caramel apple bars are rich. They are perfect for potlucks, church dinners, evenings with friends or as a special treat for the family. I’m so excited it’s apple season! After my trip to the U Pick Apple Orchard, this cake will be making more appearances at our house.
What are your favorite apple recipes for Fall?