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Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

I've had this recipe for years and make it often since Michigan has an abundance of apples. The caramel sauce is a special touch, especially when serving guests. —Mrs. Karl Zank, Sand Lake, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream or evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, for caramel sauce, combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve cake warm or cold with warm caramel sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 436 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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