Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Recently, my husband asked me to make a cake, but we had a really tough time deciding on what kind of cake to make. In the end, we decided on a caramel apple poundcake I found on pinterest. Here is the pin for the cake and it just looked and sounded so good!

The cake is from the blog Spicy Southern Kitchen and here is the full post. The cake didn’t seem too difficult, but I was a bit nervous about two things: making a bundt cake for the first time and making caramel for the first time. I know its kind of crazy that I had never made a bundt cake before, but I hadn’t and I was a bit nervous about it coming out of the pan properly. Instead of using nonstick cooking spray and flour to prep the pan, I used a liberal coating of butter and flour.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Making the poundcake batter was very straightforward. I mixed the white and brown sugar and butter together and then added the eggs.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

I then gradually added the flour mixture to the sugar and egg mixture and stirred well.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

I wasn’t really sure how small to cut my apples, but I have a little hand chopper kitchen gadget I used to chop them up. I figured it was probably better to make them smaller. Then, I mixed them with the brown sugar and cinnamon.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

The next part was a little tricky, but only because the batter was really thick. I spooned 1/3 of the batter into my bundt pan and then used a spatula to flatten it.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Next, I added 1/2 of the apples to form a second layer.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Then I repeated the process so that I ended up with 3 layers of batter and two of apples. I think that looking back at the cake afterwards and tasting it, I would have skipped making the layers and just mixed the apples into the batter.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

I popped the cake into the oven and cooked it. I ended up baking my poundcake for a little over 60 minutes before pulling it out of the oven. Next came one of the parts I was nervous about: removing the cake from the bundt pan. I didn’t want it to break because of the pretty design. I used a table knife to loosen the cake from the edges of the pan before turning it over and giving the pan a few good whacks to get the cake out. Luckily, it came out in one piece and I breathed a huge sigh of relief!

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Next up was making the caramel and the icing. I was nervous about the caramel since I’d never made it before. Unfortunately, I ran into a bit of trouble here. The recipe in the blog post says to “Cook over medium-low heat, whisking continuously, until mixture starts to thicken nicely, about 5 to 8 minutes.” However, I find that times given for candy and ice cream making are never accurate because everyone uses a different heat setting and everyone’s stove is different. I had no idea what “thicken nicely” meant. When I removed my caramel from the stove, it was in what candy makers call the “soft ball” stage. It tasted quite yummy, but really wasn’t a sauce! After doing some research, I should have used my trusty candy thermometer and cooked the sauce until it reached 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Luckily, I had a brainstorm and decided to just mix my soft ball caramel into my icing since I was using an electric mixer. So, I got started on the icing and decided I would still do two types of icing, but make one caramel cream cheese and one according to the recipe. This worked out really well and the icing was delicious, except for one thing: it was kind of runny compared to the photo in the blog post. I tried to thicken my icing up by adding a bit more powdered sugar, but this didn’t work and I didn’t want to make it too sweet. I think next time I will use much less milk!

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

Once my caramel cream cheese icing was done, I drizzled it on my bundt cake. Even though the icing was a bit runny, it still worked alright and looked great.

Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake

My husband and I loved this cake, despite the small problems I had with it. I will definitely be making this again. As I said, next time, I will mix the apples into the batter and skip the layers. I will also use my candy thermometer when making the caramel sauce and I will use less milk in the icing.

I really do hope you give this recipe a try (and learn from my mistakes at making caramel sauce)! Don’t forget to visit Spicy Southern Kitchen for the recipe.


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30 Replies to “Pinterest Review: Caramel Apple Poundcake”

    • HI Alison, thanks for stopping by. I hate it when I love something but my husband doesn’t because its definitely no good to eat an entire cake all by yourself! Maybe you could give it a try and take it in to work or church or something.

  1. MM good! I would really love this fall delight. Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck. We’d love it if you’d link back to the party within your post. (It makes you eligible to be featured=). Please come back soon.

  2. I don’t think your icing was too runny at all….it looks amazing, running down the side of the cake. It all looks sooo good and I will make this for my home fellowship gathering next week.
    Thanks for the recipe…
    I am following you by bloglovin’….come by to see me and follow along. 🙂
    Over from Alderberry Hill.

    • Thanks for the compliment on the icing. I think it turned out great too, but if you look at the original post, her icing is much thicker! I’m glad you like this enough to make it for your fellowship gathering and thank you for the follow! I’ll give you a follow back.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, and for your tips. It looks and sounds amazing. I think I may have to use it for our dessert tonight. Happy Monday to you!

  4. Wow, Caroline, this looks so good! I pinned it to my apple board 🙂
    I’m stopping by from the Bloggy Friends Link Party.
    Hope you’re having a great day!
    Ang

  5. This looks wonderful and I really like the adaptations you came up with. The icing really makes this cake! Dropping by from Mandy;s . Love to have you visit at scrumptilicious4you.blogspot.com

    • I’m glad you like it. As you can tell from the article, I was a bit nervous about trying it out, but it ended up being relatively easy. If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out.

  6. Hi Caroline!

    I just wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week …. you had the most viewed link last week 🙂 I hope you will join us again tomorrow – and if you would like a featured button, feel free to stop by and grab one!

    • Hi Jamie, I’m always SO excited when my posts are featured! I’ll definitely be by again this week to link up some more recipes and grab a featured button!

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