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Fresh Apple Cake

This easy fresh apple cake is so moist and is filled with fresh apples. Plus, it's drizzled with a homemade caramel sauce to make it even better!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh apple cake
Servings: 1 (9x13) cake
Author: Tania


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (2 standard sticks)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Honeycrisp apples, peeled and diced (see note)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • Butter for pan

Caramel Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter. Set aside.
  • Combine the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon until evenly combined. Set aside.
  • Combine the wet ingredients and sugars: In another large bowl, mix the eggs, butter (melted and cooled), brown sugar, granulated sugar, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract.
  • Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients using a rubber spatula. Do not overmix. Then, fold in the diced apples and the chopped pecans. The batter will be thick.
  • Pour the batter over the greased pan, and smooth the top over. Bake for 50 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted inside comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil if it starts to brown too quickly. Mine took 50 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the caramel sauce: Melt all the ingredients, and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until thickened. Transfer to a bowl to cool slightly.
  • Remove the cake from oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. To serve, drizzle the top with warm caramel. Enjoy!


  • Special equipment: 9x13 pan.
  • Choice of apples: Honeycrisp apples work best here because they are firm, hold their shape in the oven, and are sweet. Other good options are Fuji or Braeburn. STAY AWAY from Red Delicious apples, which disintegrate easily.
  • Storing: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also store it in the fridge if you want to, but it will gain some extra moisture.