Caramel Apple and Cinnamon Cake

When I was a kid, we used to have these wicked bake sales at school and I would always request that Mum made toffees with 100’s and 1000’s or toffee apples. I adore toffee. Upon becoming a member of the blogging community a few years ago, I found that there was a different variation on the old apple on a stick that I loved so much. Caramel! and sprinkles! and nuts! I am not sure that I’m ready for the world of caramel apples on a stick, but I do love my caramel sauce over this cake.

Caramel Apple Cake

So I suppose this is an apple caramel really? I used the juice from poaching the apples to create the sauce. Whatever it is, it had such a great flavour. Like a big fat smack in the face from a bag of sugar. My favourite kind of smack in the face.

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I have to tell you, on a Sunday afternoon this has to be one of the best smells. Cinnamon cake floating through the whole house and as it cools on the rack, the caramel smell picks up. It’s very homely and warm but has made me realise that as soon as Summer hits, I won’t be able to bake. I have been very spoilt with a very cool apartment for the past few years, but our new apartment will be an absolute sauna. I have already started preparing frozen bottles for little bunny butts to rest on.

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If you’re not an Aussie, which most of you will not be, you may have a bit of trouble coming up with macadamia nuts. They are our national nut as far as I’m concerned and I was one of those kids that grew up with a big macadamia tree and we actually had a nut cracked built into our kitchen bench. They used to sit in a big bowl on the kitchen bench ready for us to snack on. . . that was until my little brother developed his nut allergy! Poor little bugger will never know the joy of cracking your own macadamias.

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And then there was the phase where Dad decided that macadamia nut oil was good for EVERYTHING. I’m talking everything. He had a 4 litre drum that he used to cook with, use as lotion and even wax up the surf board.

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Make sure you watch your apples quite intensely so that they don’t over cook. There is nothing more unappealing than over cooked vegetables and fruit. They just fall apart and we don’t want sloppy baby food sitting proudly on top of a cake. Mine still had a slight crunch, but that is just how I like them. Be careful with the hot syrup too – it’s hot syrup!

Follow my lead. . .


  • 250g butter, cubed, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup toasted macadamia nuts

Caramel Apples

  • 2 red apples, peeled, cut into 1/8ths
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 40g butter
  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 170C and line a 20cm round cake tin with canola oil spray and baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla on a medium speed until lightened in colour and thickened, approximately 4 minutes.
  3. Fold through the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and milk and then pour the cake batter into the prepared cake tin. Place into the oven for 60 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to rest for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a cake rack.
  4. While the cake is cooling slightly, add the apples, brown sugar and water to a small frypan and allow to simmer over a low heat for 15 minutes or until the apples are softened.
  5. Using a small pair of silicone tongs, place the apples onto the top of the cake and add the butter to the pan and allow to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Pour caramel over the cake and top with macadamia nuts.
  6. Chew.
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23 Responses to Caramel Apple and Cinnamon Cake

  1. This cake with apple caramel looks so delicious!

  2. Genie says:

    Yummy looking cake! Wow, apples in caramel are the epitome of apple eating. I love how casual this cake looks, like you could just eat it every day rather than a special occasion cake. You could even pretend that it’s part of your daily fruit quota :)

    We’re super lucky to have a macadamia nut tree in our Auckland rental. I bet Flatpac and Archie like when you make this cake too! Tofu loves our apple peel so whenever I’m peeling lots of apples, he’s a happy boy.

  3. Johanna GGG says:

    that looks amazing – we used to have toffees and toffee apples when I was little – I spent a while as an adult not being a caramel fan until I suddenly realised how much I loved toffee and caramel stuff when a child. Now I will happily admit to loving it. And ditto for apples – we have been enjoying stewed apples on porridge this winter – imagine these caramel apples on porridge – mm mmm. And love hearing about your macadamia tree – I have never seen one – but sorry to hear about your brother’s nut allergies – what a shame!

  4. Oh goodness! I was never a big fan of toffee apples but toffee flavours and apple in cakes are firm favourites. This looks amazing :)

  5. A scrumptious apple cake, Cass. Your house must have been filled with wonderful cinnamon aroma while the cake bakes…

  6. anita menon says:

    looks so yummy. I love the sound of caramel and apple together.

  7. I am in love with caramel apples. It’s a fair treat staple. This is a good way to quell the craving between fairs ;)

  8. I’m gonna agree that this kind of a smack in the face is my absolute favorite as well! Wow! This cake is just WOW! I have never eaten Macadamia nuts but have seen several contestants on Masterchef use it in their food. I’m hoping some day I’ll get to try them! This post btw, has me drooling! :)

  9. That caramel looks too good. Fantastic sounding cake.

  10. Oh good golly! Caramel and cinnamon and apples and your description is mouthwatering! Yum yum yum

  11. Apples, caramel and Cinnamon. Can never go wrong with that! Looks insanely good!

  12. laurasmess says:

    I am in love with caramel apples. This dessert looks INCREDIBLE. I can imagine a piece, warm and caramel-soaked, with vanilla ice cream. Yum!!! The cinnamon is the icing on the cake – perfect. Thanks so much! xx

  13. Daniela says:

    Apple caramel- what a delicious idea!
    The cake sounds great, looks great and ,I’m sure it smells great with all these apple and cinnamon aromas.

  14. Asmita says:

    What an amazing cake!!!

  15. MMM. THis looks so amazing Cass! What a great combination of ingredients.. Yum!

    xx gemma @

  16. Natalie says:

    This looks SO good, those apples look tender and so flavourful. Great recipe.

  17. yumm!!
    Cassie you’ve literally just made me in a cake form :)
    im soo whipping this up! thanks for the recipe :)

  18. CCU says:

    Magic cake my friend, so delicious :D
    I love caramel and apple together, they are made for it!


  19. This looks delightful! I love this mix of flavors, and the macadamias sound great with the cake and sauce. And, now I’m thinking about little bunny butts sitting on bottles of frozen water!

  20. I would say toffee apples are the best apples!! But I reaaallly love the idea of caramel apple sauce – YUM! This looks delicious :)

  21. This sounds delicious. I love caramel, apples, and cake.

  22. That looks heavenly and delicious.

  23. This cake is divine!! I love the caramel apples. Oh my yummyness!!

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