Peanut Caramel Spiced Apple Cake

by jerseygirl on October 21, 2008 · 48 comments

It was my neighbor’s birthday last week and I wanted to make her a cake. I decided on something seasonal. I used a box mix to start with but shhhhh, just don’t tell anyone. I also made a lonely little cupcake so I could try it before I brought it over to my friends house.

The cake was very easy to make but looked great on a cake plate. I cheated a little by using already made caramel sauce. But you could make your own and you could also change the nuts. I was thinking of caramel covered apples when I came up with the idea. But I think pecans would be good too. If you don’t like the spice, I’m sure vanilla cake mix would work. The nice thing is that there are many things you can do with boxed cake mixes. Enjoy!

Peanut Caramel Spiced Apple Cake

1 box(18 oz) spice cake mix
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 super large apple, peeled, cored and sliced (or 2 small apples)
caramel sauce
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 or 10 inch springform pan. Beat the cake mix, water, applesauce, oil and eggs together in a large bowl. Beat for about 2 minutes while scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into prepared pan. Cover with sliced apples. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before removing from pan. When cooled, place cake on a plate. Poke some holes in top of cake with toothpick and drizzle caramel sauce over cake. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

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Barbara Bakes October 21, 2008 at 9:51 am

I love that you made a cupcake so you could try it! It looks delicious!

Maria October 21, 2008 at 9:58 am

What a lucky friend. The cake looks great and I am glad you got to taste the cupcake too. Genius idea!!

Candy October 21, 2008 at 10:08 am

Yum! You are so funny with the cupcake. I use cake mixes a lot for bases. Just so much quicker.

Pam October 21, 2008 at 10:14 am

Wow Lisa – can I be your neighbor? This looks like a perfect birthday cake. I love the caramel!

Caffeine Court October 21, 2008 at 11:20 am

That looks heavenly! I’m not going to let my husband see your blog…he’ll want to leave me!

Allie October 21, 2008 at 11:39 am

Great idea making an extra little cupcake to try it out. Wish I would have thought of that long time ago! My mouth is watering right now!! There’s a house for sale across the street from me if you want to me my neighbor. 🙂

Mary October 21, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I especially like the idea of a test cake. This looks really good.

Prudence October 21, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Hello Jersey sista’!! WOW! This looks great!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I grew up in Jersey and your blog reminds me about being up North again. I am coming up for a visit next month. I can’t wai! I LOVE your blog!!

Robin Sue October 21, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Lisa this looks delcious and perfect for Fall!

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth October 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Your cake is beautiful and I love caramel apples so I’m sure it tasted great too!

Leslie October 21, 2008 at 1:26 pm

I bet your friend loved her Birthday cake! I know I sure would!

Aggie October 21, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Oh Lisa this looks fantastic!! Love the shortcuts, I’m all about shortcuts…and love your little cupcake sampling! Delish!!!

Michele October 21, 2008 at 1:36 pm

I use boxed mixed quite often. They are fail proof and a great base to build on. I’d love to have your cake for my birthday! 🙂

Kirsten October 21, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I love spice cake. That looks fantastic. Recipes that start with cake mix are a sure fire hit. I will have to try this one.

Emily October 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm

What a great cake! There is no shame in using cake mixes! 1/2 the time box mixes turn out better than my scratch cakes! I love that you made a cupcake first to try! I will do that in the future!

The Blonde Duck October 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I am loving all these apple recipes! This cake is going in my list of things to make!

*Priscilla* October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

oh yummy, this looks so delicious! i am going to get ingredients for this…i’ll let you know how it turns out!

nicole October 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Man oh man that looks good.

Patsyk October 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Looks wonderful! Your friend is so lucky to have you baking for her!

HoneyB October 21, 2008 at 4:25 pm

It looks so delicious!!

Stacey Snacks October 21, 2008 at 6:01 pm

That cakes looks so good.
Isn’t there a cookbook that uses only cake mixes? Something like the cake doctor? I am curious!

Reeni October 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Your cake looks so pretty and delicous! Love the little taste tester you made for yourself.

Jan October 21, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Some neighbors have all the luck. I love the caramel and apple combo.

Sara October 21, 2008 at 8:14 pm

This sounds delicious, I love caramel apples!

mysweetestday October 21, 2008 at 8:46 pm

thanks! and this cake sound amazing! i love how gooey it looks.

Annie October 21, 2008 at 8:53 pm

I love it… It looks so gourmet. Actually it looks even better than an apple caramel cake I was drooling over in the bakery the other day. And from a cake mix~ cool.
p.s. I do the cupcake thing too, so your secret it definately safe with me. 😉

Bunny October 21, 2008 at 9:21 pm

I think the spice cake would be great with the apples, I wouldn’t change a thing. What a presentation!!

Kevin October 21, 2008 at 10:14 pm

That looks so good!

Proud Italian Cook October 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm

What a nice neighbor you are to bake a cake like that! Looks deadly yummy!!

That Girl October 21, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Hmmm now I’m torn between this and another apple cake!

Jenny October 21, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Talk about a gorgeous cake Lisa! I would have used the pre-made caramel sauce too! Can’t wait to try this one!

Debbie October 22, 2008 at 7:16 am

The cupcake and cake both look delicious. This is just the perfect time of year for these treats!

hot garlic October 22, 2008 at 7:24 am

Be still my heart! This looks and sounds amazing!

Dee October 22, 2008 at 8:25 am

I was just thinking of attempting something like this – for purely selfish reasons, of course. You’re lovely to share something so yummy 🙂

Jo October 22, 2008 at 10:25 am

hi 🙂 I have something for you over at my blog, please come take a look when you have the chance 🙂 thanks!

HoneyB October 22, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Hi Lisa – I left an award for you on my blog.. 🙂

Clumbsy Cookie October 22, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Cheating or not it came out very nice, I bet your neighbour was thrilled.

Jennifer October 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Lisa, that looks so good! And what a good idea to try it 🙂

I’m totally doing that next time…and trying your recipe!

kat October 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm

hello i think i love this cake!

Susan from Food Blogga October 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Oh, wow! It’s like a caramel apple and a cake all rolled into one big mouthwatering confection.

Peter M October 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Whoa there sister…with cakes like these you should take off for oysterfests more often!

Dawn October 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm

I missed this post! And I’m sad I did….Lisa, you are killing me with this cake.
How easy to make and yet so flavorful. Wow is right on!

Katrina October 24, 2008 at 11:04 am

The cake looks beautiful and delicious! So glad you got to taste with a cupcake–smart!

Rosie October 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Your friend is SO lucky, your cake and cupcake looks gorgeous 🙂

Rosie x

Amanda October 26, 2008 at 9:52 am

Um WOW that looks fabulous!

homeladychef October 26, 2008 at 10:20 pm

This cake looks so yummy! will keep this recipe and try one day. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

Maria November 3, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Oh my goodness, the cake and cupcakes look amazing!!


Donna-FFW February 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Had to tell you I posted about this on my blog today, just a mention because I remembered them when I was looking through your archives. They looked that good!

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