Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake

Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake

I have an Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake, perfect for Apple Picking Season!

Carrigan Farms Apple Picking

Whether you pick your own apples at an orchard or the grocery store, you can make this cake with a minimal amount of effort and end up with a fall dessert that’s pretty enough to serve company!


I made this cake over Labor Day weekend and was looking for a dessert that would require less labor~ enter the cake mix and soda can method of baking for a quick and easy cake!


This quick and easy cake formula is ideal when you’re in a hurry and requires only two ingredients~ a 12 ounce can of soda and a boxed cake mix! I used a Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix and a can of ginger ale. . . no oil, eggs or water. Follow the directions on the box for mixing (minus the other ingredients).


  Bake your cake in a preheated 350 degree oven in a prepared 9 x 2 inch round pan. Bake until your cake tests done, when a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 35 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and allow cake to cool completely.


While the cake is baking, slice about 2 lbs. of apples (5 – 6 medium) of your choice, I used Honeycrisp. And because this is an easy caramel apple cake, leave the peel on your apples, cutting them into 1/2-inch thick wedges.


Toss your sliced apples with a mixture of 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Add apple mixture to a pan with 2 tablespoons melted butter and saute over medium heat until apples are crisp-tender, about 3 – 5 minutes. Remove apples from pan and cool completely, about 30 minutes.

PicMonkey Collage

No need to waste all the buttery cinnamon/sugar mixture left from sauteing your apples! Poke some holes in the top of your cake and drizzle or spoon all that sugary goodness in your pan over the top of your cake.


Now your cake is ready for the apples slices and the caramel!


Apple Brandy-Caramel Sauce, recipe courtesy of Southern Living

 You can make this caramel sauce in advance, refrigerate and then microwave briefly to serve or drizzle onto cake.

Apple Brandy Caramel Sauce

Yield: Makes about 2/3 cup

Total time: 25 Minutes

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup heavy cream

Pinch of table salt

1 tablespoon apple brandy (substitute regular brandy or 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla if you prefer)

1 tablespoon powdered sugar


Bring brown sugar, butter, cream, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in apple brandy. Whisk in powdered sugar; allow to cool before serving. Caramel will thicken as it cools.


Arrange your sautéed apples on your cooled cake.


I sprinkled some honey roasted pecans on top of the drizzled caramel on the cake. You can buy honey roasted or candied pecans or make your own, here.


I used a single 9-inch round pan but you could use two pans for a layered cake with extra caramel between the layers if you prefer.


You can satisfy your sweet tooth with endless combinations of cake mix and soda or flavored carbonated water when you’re too busy or lazy to bake.

Use a chocolate cake mix + cola, root beer, or cherry cola

White or yellow cake mix + lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, or flavored carbonated water

Spice cake or Carrot cake mix + ginger ale

Red Velvet cake mix + cola or cherry cola


You can find a printable recipe here.

Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake

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  31 comments for “Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake

  1. Michelle
    September 11, 2015 at 6:29 am

    What a wonderful Fall cake recipe! Will have to make this! Thanks for sharing. 🍁🍂🍎

  2. Susie
    September 11, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I have never tried a soda pop cake–do they dry out, or are they as moist as the conventional recipe?

    Love your presentation on this cake!

    • September 11, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Susie, it was moist :)

  3. September 11, 2015 at 7:13 am

    A very nice way to welcome fall:@)

  4. September 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

    You’ve just inspired me. I’m going to use my spiralizer on the apples on top. Makes a ribbon like effect. Can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. September 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I’m ready for a slice of that gorgeous cake this morning, Mary! Thanks for another beautiful, yet easy Fall recipe to try!

  6. Debra
    September 11, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Looks beautiful! I plan to serve this to family during our holidays next week.

  7. September 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Oh my…yummmmm!:-)

  8. September 11, 2015 at 8:49 am

    That is ALMOST too pretty to eat, Mary! I learned several things from this post & can’t wait to try just a plain cake & soda version. Who knew??
    Thanks again for the inspiration & the lesson. Your photos are positively mouth-watering!!

  9. Susan
    September 11, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Oh, Mary!!! I LOVE this and am going to make one soon! I already have the Spice Cake mix, I keep those on hand for Pumpkin Cake, so this will be an easy trip to the store. Thanks for sharing so many fabulous recipes with us!! Oh, and Keeper (my Bichon) says Hey to Chloe and Gracie!!!

  10. kathi
    September 11, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Oh my, this looks positively devine! I’ve got to make this. I’ve been wanting to go to one of the apple houses in North Georgia and this would be an awesome way to use some of those apples! Thank you for sharing! Drool….drool…

  11. September 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Drooling as I finish my first of 2 morning coffee cups….The cake just speaks Fall to me… Looks and sounds delicious…

  12. September 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Love all the delicious recipes you so generously share with all of us.

  13. Donna Brown
    September 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    You have the best ideas and recipes. Love love your web site. Thanks!

  14. Ellen Stillabower
    September 11, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Wonderful recipe!! Can’t wait to try! 😍😍😍🍎🍎🍎🍎

  15. Paula
    September 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I think I gained 5lbs looking at the pictures!! I will definitely be baking this cake:)


  16. September 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Looks wonderful Mary…another fabulous recipe that is easy with great taste and presentation!

  17. Cynthia Raines
    September 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    YUM! Will be making this for sure – love Honeycrisp apples. Thanks Mary!

  18. September 12, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Mary, Your pictures have me drooling! I wish I had a slice right now. Apple picking season has arrived and I will think of this yummy cake while I am picking! Linda

  19. Sherry Myers
    September 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I think I can smell it wafting this way! Your photographs make it look so temptingly delicious! Almost makes it feel like there is a nip in the air even with all our humidity. I hear this recipe calling me to the kitchen..thanks, Mary.

  20. Melodie Strickland
    September 12, 2015 at 11:48 am


    Your Carmel Apple Spice Cake looks scrumptious!! My husband and I will be going to gather apples in October as he enjoys making apple butter. He might just try the cake recipe as he likes to bake.


  21. September 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Looking really yummy, and such a great autumn food.

  22. September 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

    This is a real show stopper Mary! What an incredible creation, easy peasy cake with a stunning presentation and a dynamite sauce…it must be healthy too, with all those apples :) I have been craving cake lately, I can’t wait to try one of the cake mix soda combos you’ve suggested. Your desserts always are magazine cover worthy!

  23. September 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

    No matter what you do, you do it beautifully. I want to be like you!😉

  24. April
    September 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I made two and put one in the freezer. I did not add the sugar pecans or the caramel sauce.Do you think that it will work if I heat it and then add the caramel sauce and pecans. It is beautiful and easy. Thanks for sharing, April

    • September 25, 2015 at 7:07 am

      Hi April, yes that’s so smart of you :)

  25. franki
    September 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I JUST did this (after reading your blog!!!) and the cup cakes turned out fantastic!!! How does it know, How does it know??!!?? franki

    • September 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I’m so glad Franki, thanks for letting me know :)

  26. September 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    such a pretty cake, with our book club monthly it always gives me a good excuse to bake!

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