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This is a next level fall cake. A spiced cake is topped with a layer of caramel and then caramel apples, this cake is gorgeous. Perfect for every fall festivity you have coming your way.

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Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins

For the cake

  • 1

    box spice cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box

  • 3


  • 1/3 c.

    chopped peanuts, preferably roasted

For the ganache

  • 3 c.

    chocolate chips

  • 1 1/2 c.

    heavy cream

For the caramel buttercream

  • 1 c.

    (2 sticks) butter, softened

  • 1 c.

    caramel, plus more for decoration

  • 4 c.

    powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tsp.


  • 3 tbsp.

    heavy cream

  • Pinch of kosher salt


    1. Step 1Preheat oven to 350° and line two 8” or 9” cake pans. Prepare cake batter according to package instructions. Divide between pans and bake according to package instructions. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
    2. Step 2Make ganache: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat heavy cream until bubbles begin to form around the edges. Add chocolate chips to a large heatproof bowl, then pour hot heavy cream on top. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Let cool slightly.
    3. Step 3Make buttercream: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter and caramel until light and fluffy. Add vanilla then gradually beat in powdered sugar. Add heavy cream and mix until smooth.
    4. Step 4Assemble cake: Place bottom layer of cake on your serving platter. Spread with buttercream and pour ganache over the buttercream. Place the second layer of the cake on top then frost cake entirely with buttercream. Pour ganache over the buttercream, letting the ganache drip over the edges. (For perfect drips, use a squeeze bottle.) Refrigerate until ganache sets, about 10 minutes.
    5. Step 5Pour caramel over ganache, letting it drip over the edges. Dunk apples in caramel then place on top. Sprinkle chopped peanuts around the apples. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

caramel apple cake

Jonathan Boulton

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Lauren Miyashiro

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Lauren Miyashiro is a freelance  contributor for Delish, and formerly worked as Food Director. She graduated culinary school in 2016 and mastered the art of the crunchwrap in 2017.

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