Caramelized Apple Cake recipe – Classic combination of apple & caramel

Living in rural Vermont, the one thing we have a lot of is apples.  It seems like you cannot walk more than half a mile in any direction and find old abandoned apple trees that used to be part of someone’s farm orchard. We pick apples each year at a local orchard and buy them at our farmer’s markets in the fall.  I love the scent of apples whether it’s on a tree, in a pie or just sitting in a fruit bowl on the table. When I saw this Caramelized Apple Cake recipe in my Norwegian Cakes and Cookies cookbook, I knew I had to try it even if it isn’t apple season right now.

Caramelized apple cake recipe

Caramelized Apple Cake Recipe

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Caramelized Apple Cake recipe

A Norwegian delicacy that combines the classic flavor combination of caramel and apple.

50 minsCook Time

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  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • softened butter to grease the pans
  • 1 apple


  1. Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds.
  2. Mix the milk, vanilla bean, and seeds.
  3. Lightly beat the egg and egg yolks together, and then whip it into the milk.
  4. Afterward, whip in the sugar.
  5. Stir the flour and cornstarch into the milk with a whisk.
  6. Melt the butter & fold it into the mixture.
  7. Let the batter rise overnight. It can be kept for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
  8. Preheated the oven to 350F. Grease the cupcake pans with butter.
  9. Peel the apple and remove the core. Cute in 1/4" cubes.
  10. Put 1 tablespoon of the apple pieces in each cupcake pan.
  11. Fill the pans with the batter up to approximately 1/4" below the rim.
  12. Bake the cakes for approximately 50 minutes.
  13. Take them out of the pans immediately after they are finished baking and let them cool on a rack. They will not be crispy outside if you let them sit in the pan.


Use a LOT of butter when you butter the pans. These stuck for me even when buttering the pans.




  1. Scarlet of Family Focus Blog says:
    This looks so yummy! I stumbled it!
  2. Hi. In this recipe for apple cakes you say to let the batter "rise". What's in the batter to make it "rise"? Thanks,Steve


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