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Apple Cake with Homemade Buttermilk Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


12 servings

This apple cake with buttermilk sauce recipe is super easy. Top with spiced apples, drizzle with the warm sauce and serve! —Sarita Gelner, Waunakee, Wisconsin
Apple Cake with Homemade Buttermilk Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider or juice
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepan, bring cider a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup, 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves; toss to coat. For cake batter, in a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cooled cider reduction until well blended. In another bowl, whisk cake flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beating after each addition just until combined.
  3. Transfer a greased 8-in. springform pan; place on a baking sheet. Spoon apple mixture over batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack.
  4. For sauce, in a small saucepan combine sugar, butter, buttermilk, corn syrup and baking soda. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly, 4-6 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour sauce over warm cake. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 345 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 255mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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