Caramel Apple Poundcake - Savory Simple

Apple season has arrived! I received my first batch of CSA apples today and I’m so excited. I love apples and openly admit that I buy them year round. I can’t help myself; I use them in fresh juice, smoothies, as snacks, and in both savory and sweet recipes. I’ve made them into muffins, doughnuts, fruit leather, you name it. And this caramel apple poundcake is the latest addition to my apple recipe collection. It has all of the qualities I love in a good poundcake- it’s sweet, eggy and dense but soft. It has apples in every slice. And it’s covered in a rich, creamy caramel sauce that keeps the cake moist and flavorful. 

Caramel Apple Poundcake - Savory Simple

I used granny smith apples in the recipe because I like the slight tartness they bring to the cake. But feel free to use your favorite apples and experiment. I only used one apple in the cake but you could probably add a second one to create layers of apple and cake. The caramel has a pinch of salt but not enough for me to call it salted caramel sauce. Feel free to ramp up the salt just a bit for more of a kick!

Caramel Apple Poundcake
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
For the Cake:
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces (1½ cups) cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons brandy
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
For the Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and place an oven rack in the center position. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with baking spray (or use butter) and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, salt and cinnamon together and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix on high speed for another 30 seconds. Turn the mixer speed down to medium low and add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, allowing them to incorporate completely before adding the next. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla and brandy and then mix again until everything is just combined.
  4. On low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 batches and mix until the batter is just combined.
  5. Peel and core the apple, then slice it in half from top to bottom. With the flat sides down, slice each apple thinly.
  6. Spread a small amount of the batter into the reserved loaf pan. Layer the apples in the pan, overlapping each other, until the bottom of the pan is covered. Pour in the rest of the batter and smooth the top with a spatula.
  7. Bake the poundcake for 70-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then gently flip onto a cooling rack. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature.
  8. While the cake is cooling, prepare the caramel sauce. Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer until the caramel reaches a dark amber color. Do not walk away; caramel can go from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds. Add the cream and quickly pull your hand away because the mixture will splatter. After a moment it will calm down. Stir with a heat proof spatula or whisk until the sauce is smooth. The sugar may seize up at first which is fine; just keep stirring over the heat. Add the salt and allow the sauce to reduce, while stirring, until it reaches the desired thickness (5-10 minutes).
  9. Before serving, drizzle the caramel sauce over the cake.

 

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Comments

  1. Ohmyfreakingyum.

  2. Oh yay for apple season!! I was working with apples all day today and loving every minute of it! So excited for apple! This cake this amazing and I am headed to check it out now!

  3. Drooling over that caramel sauce!

  4. This just screams fall to me. Like caramel apple cider cake.

  5. Beautiful still life shot of the apple.

  6. Oh i just wanna eat that sauce by the spoonful!

  7. Gorgeous cake! I don’t usually eat a lot of apples but I would happily use them for this! :)

  8. I want to drink that sauce. :) Gorgeous!

  9. Yes, please! I too want to drink that sauce. Beautiful photos!

  10. Looks beautiful! I’m going to head over and check it out!!

  11. The first photo of the apple is ridiculous. Pure art! And I’ve never done a CSA…I need to change that next year!

  12. The apple photo is stunning!! Love the cake – mesmerizing drips of sauce!

  13. What a gorgeous shot of that apple! Your caramel apple poundcake looks irrestible!

  14. Poundcake as is sounds good enough for me, but add apple and caramel? This looks incredible!

  15. great photos

  16. Great recipe! That pound cake looks delicious, definitely want to give this a try. Also your photography is beautiful.

  17. This looks so delicious, I love the way the caramel sauce is dripping all over the cake.

  18. we eat apples year round too- but not in exciting ways as you do.. this cake really looks yummy. I’d love to try it.. Caramel has to be my most favorite dessert sauce..

  19. Jen,
    The best apples of my life were from the Shenandoah valley and the first CSA we joined. The variety was called Larry. If you ever run across a Larry apple, do try it. They were amazing.
    I love the photos of this cake and the apple–you’re so talented!
    Thanks!

  20. I could stare at these photos all day long. Absolutely gorgeous, Jen! And the poundcake? Wow, just wow.

  21. I am totally into the caramel sauce on top! Stunning can not describe this pound cake enough!

  22. I could and would eat that entire loaf because it just looks so tempting Jen! Beautiful photography. I love how the caramel effortlessly drips down. Stunning!

  23. I can’t help it, I love apples year round as well! This sounds amazing, the caramel topping really puts it over the top!

  24. This pound cake has fall written all over it!

  25. The pics of this are stunning! I have thought of putting an apple in a smoothie but wasn’t sure. Now I will give it a try for sure!

  26. Laura G.Turcotte says:

    oh my!!! This is a definite must try!!

  27. Looks Amazing! I wish I had a piece right now!

  28. I NEED to try this!!

  29. Melissa Kramer says:

    My husband would love this cake!

  30. i love the fall bc of so many apple recipes

  31. Jackie Blades says:

    A pleasant surprise. I’m impressed !! Only a few more weeks left in New York We love our apple orchards.

  32. I love pound cakes more than anything else! Pinning this. Thank you.

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