Fall is almost here so we thought we’d kick things off a little early and bake a delicious Salted Caramel Apple Loaf Cake.
Cinnamon cake with chunks of apples inside topped with a delicious crumb topping. Perfectly paired with a drizzle of homemade salted caramel sauce. This loaf cake is great for not only for dessert but also breakfast.
Fall has always been one of our favorite seasons. Right up there next to the Winter. One reason being is that the weather starts to cool down. We live in the desert so we are always happy when the autumn temperatures start to come around. But not only that you have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course all those delicious seasonal treats coming out, especially Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha.
Anyway, you are not here to hear about our love of Fall you are here for a Salted Caramel Apple Loaf Cake recipe, right?
While coming up with our fall recipes we racked our brains on what kind of recipe to create. We aren’t really fans of Pumpkin Spice foods so we decided why not make something with apples. First was our Apple Cinnamon Galette and now we have for you this Apple Loaf Cake recipe.
How do you make Salted Caramel Apple Loaf Cake?
The first thing we are going to make is the crumb topping for the cake. This is probably the best part of the whole cake and it is so easy to make. To make the crumbs all you do is whisk all the ingredients for the crumbs in a bowl add some melted butter whisk until it is all mixed together and place in the freezer until ready to use.
Now it is time to make the loaf cake. The first thing we are going to do is prepare our loaf pan. We used a 5×8 inch loaf pan and lined that with parchment paper with a little hanging off the sides. Then set that aside.
In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then add in the egg and vanilla extract.
Next, in a small bowl mix together the buttermilk and sour cream. Then set aside until ready to use.
Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time on low speed and mix until combined. Then slowly add in all of the buttermilk and sour cream mixture. Then add in the rest of the flour mixture.
Now time for the apples.
What is the best kind of apples to use for this cake?
For this cake recipe, we recommend Granny Smith apple. They have that sweet-tart taste which goes perfect with spice flavor of this cake.
After your apples have been peeled and diced fold them into the cake batter. Then pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Pull out the crumbs we made early from the freezer then top the batter. Bake for 1 hour.
While the cake is baking it time to make some homemade salted caramel sauce.
How do you make homemade Salted Caramel Sauce?
Now, this is the best part of this cake besides the crumble. This caramel sauce is so good we started eating it on its own right out of the pan. That’s how good it is.
In a small saucepan on medium heat add sugar and stir until the sugar has melted and turns into liquid. Be sure not to let it burn. Then add in the butter. Be careful when adding the butter because it will cause the sugar to start bubbling. Once the butter has melted slowly add in the cold heavy cream. Tip: Don’t just pour all of the heavy cream at once it will create hard chunks in the caramel. Trust us we know we added in the heavy cream all at once and instead of coming our smooth it came out chunky. Allow it to cool until ready to use.
Once the cake has baked and cooled cut yourself a slice drizzle a little bit of homemade salted caramel sauce and maybe a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and enjoy.
Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Loaf Cake
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Melted Butter
- 1/2 tsp Almond Extract Optional
- 1½ Cup Flour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg Optional
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 6 Tbsp Butter Room Temperature
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Egg Room Temperature
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Sour Cream Room Temperature
- 2/3 Cup Buttermilk Room Temperature
- 1 ¼ Cup Peeled and Diced Granny Smith Apples About 2 Apples would do.
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the crumb topping. Mix until a crumble starts to form. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper with a little hanging over the edge.
- In a medium-size bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract beat until combined.
- Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time on low speed. Until well combined.
- In a small bowl mix together the sour cream and buttermilk. Slowly add to the batter. Then add in the rest of the flour mixture.
- Fold in the diced apples. Pour mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the crumb topping on top of the mixture.
- Bake for 60-65 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center if it is clean it is ready to come out.
- Let the cake cool on a wire rack to 15 minutes before removing it from the pan. Then take the cake out and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Salted Caramel Sauce
- In a small saucepan over medium heat heat up the sugar. Stirring constantly with a non-stick whisk until clumps start to form and the sugar begins to melt into a thick brown liquid. Make sure that all the lumps of sugar have melted. DO NOT LET IT BURN!
- Once the sugar has melted add in the butter. Be careful because it will start to bubble. Stir until completely melted.
- Slowly stir in the heavy cream a little at a time. Remove from the heat and stir in the sea salt. Allow the sauce to cool before using it.
We hope you all enjoy! If you made this Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Loaf Cake recipe be sure to tag us on Instagram @wonderandcharm or use the hashtag #wonderandcharm. We would love to see your photos.
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