Apple Pound Cake With Caramel Frosting

Pound Cakes, Southern Desserts
This apple pound cake with caramel frosting is so tasty and delicious. It's a great dessert to make ahead of time, even freeze, and enjoy for days.

This apple pound cake with caramel frosting is so tasty and delicious. It’s a great dessert to make ahead of time, even freeze, and enjoy for days.


In the South, caramel is considered a staple just like chocolate. We LOVE to create full flavor recipes with the smooth, creamy taste of caramel.

When you add the freshness of apples and the decadence of a pound cake, well, the result is almost “sinful”.

The pound cake, which originated in Europe, initially weighed about four pounds. It called for a pound of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar — hence the name.

And if you’re into other yummy fall desserts… try our sweet potato slab pie.

apple pound cake with caramel icing on a white plate

Down South, pounds cakes come in a variety of flavors, but they all have one thing in common… the yummy factor!

We also love our pineapple pound cake….

And the orange pound cake

And don’t forget the chocolate sour cream pound cake.

apple, eggs, caramel, sugar, ingredients for apple pound cake

A Caramel Frosted Apple Pound Cake (Bundt Cake)

We southerners don’t really need a special occasion to cook a pound cake. The cake can be made and enjoyed for a simple Sunday lunch or family meal.

However, they are great for parties, church potlucks, picnics, and even receptions.

While the reasons for preparing a pound cake may vary, the results are the same; a delicious and versatile dessert sensation!!

apple pound cake batter in a bundt pan

Apple Pound Cake Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 medium Granny Smith apples, diced
apples in a mixing bowl with a spoon for an apple pound cake with caramel frosting

Caramel Frosting Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, cubed into 1/4 inch cubes
putting caramel icing and frosting on the apple bundt cake

Substitutions

While this recipe is scrumptious as is, you could experiment with some changes to make it “your own” version.

The Granny Smith is a go-to apple for lots of baked recipes, but the Jonathan or Jonagold apples have a similar flavor and “behave” much the same when baked.

Other apples good for baking include, Honey Crisp, McCoun, MacIntosh and other tart, firm-fleshed apples. These apples won’t turn to “mush” when baked.

You could also change the vanilla extract to almond. While apples and almonds may not be your first choice, they are make a good “power couple” and add a different taste to the cake.

caramel icing on apple pound cake on white cake stand ready to eat for potluck

How to make this fabulous pound cake

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in vanilla,
  5. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  6. Add flour mixture to the batter alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  7. Must begin and end with flour.
  8. Fold in apples.
  9. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch bundt or pound cake pan.
  10. Bake at 350° for 70 to 80 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 15 minutes, before removing from pan.
  12. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Top with Caramel Icing.

Easy Caramel Icing (for Caramel Apple Pound Cake)

Directions

  1. Pour milk and brown sugar into heavy-bottom saucepan.
  2. Heat at medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to low heat and stir constantly for 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter.
  5. Pour over cooled cake.

caramel apple pound cake with frosting ready to eat on a white pedestal

This recipe was first published in Cancer Freeze: Cookin’ For A Cure. Printed with permission.

Apple Pound Cake With Caramel Frosting

This apple pound cake with caramel frosting is so tasty and delicious. It's a great dessert to make ahead of time, even freeze, and enjoy for days.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: apple, bundt cake, caramel
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 656kcal
Author: Rachel Norman

Ingredients

Caramel Apple Pound Cake

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 medium Granny Smith apples diced

Easy Caramel Icing

  • 1 12 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. butter cubed into 1/4-inch cubes

Instructions

Pound Cake

  • Preheat over to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Add flour mixture to the batter alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  • Must being and end with flour.
  • Fold in apples.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch bundt or pound cake pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 70 to 80 minutes , or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 15 minutes, before removing from pan.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Top with caramel icing.

Easy Caramel Icing

  • Pour milk and brown sugar into heavy-bottom saucepan.
  • Heat at medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Once boiling, reduce to low heat and stir constantly for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter.
  • Pour over cooled cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 656kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 838IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

2 Comments

  1. Michelle

    5 stars
    This cake is life changing! Simply amazing! My youngest spotted me making the frosting and wouldn’t leave my side, he knew exactly what I was making and couldn’t wait for a slice of cake! Do yourself a favor and make this cake!

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