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Caramel Apple Pound Cake Recipe

Caramel Apple Pound Cake- A moist pound cake with diced Granny Smith apple covered with a cream cheese icing and a caramel drizzle. You can’t go wrong with this fall dessert!

Caramel Apple Pound Cake on a cake stand.


Forget Apple Pie. I’ll take a big slice of Caramel Apple Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Icing please.

Typically Bundt Cakes seem kind of boring and sometimes they are dry and flavorless. But not this one.

Caramel Apple Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Icing



It’s nice and moist from small pieces of diced Granny Smith apple distributed all throughout the batter. Plenty of cinnamon and apple pie spice flavor it up.


To top it off and make it extra special (because no one wants a boring Bundt cake) there’s a thick, creamy cream cheese icing, flavored with just a hint of caramel, dripping down the edges.

But we’re not stopping there. This pound cake is finished off with a caramel drizzle and toasted pecans. Hello Apple Season!!!

Slice of pound cake on a small plate with fresh apples in background.



I diced my apple pretty finely because I wanted it to kind of melt into the cake so that the cake would have a fairly even texture. If you want your cake chunky, just dice the apple larger.

Be sure to spray your bundt pan well with baking spray with flour so that it doesn’t stick.

Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator.

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Caramel Apple Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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Caramel Apple Pound Cake on a cake stand.

Caramel Apple Pound Cake

A moist apple bundt cake studded with apples and topped with a cream cheese icing and caramel sauce. Perfect for fall!
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 1 hour


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups peeled and finely chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pecan halves for garnish


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the white sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar, and melted butter with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  • Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl between additions.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt. Gradually add to sugar/egg mixture, beating until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together apples, remaining brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. (Batter will be thick and you may need to spread it with a rubber spatula or lift the pan and drop it on the counter to get the batter to spread.)
  • Spoon 1/2 apple mixture on top of batter and repeat layers, finishing off with a third layer of batter.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until firm to the touch on top. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan and then turn cake out onto a wire rack.
  • FOR THE CARAMEL DRIZZLE: Mix brown sugar, half-and-half, butter, and salt in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking continuously, until mixture starts to thicken nicely, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • FOR CREAM CHEESE Icing: Use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in milk and 1/4 cup of the caramel drizzle.
  • Spoon Cream Cheese Icing on cake so that it drips down the sides. Spoon Caramel Drizzle on top of Icing. Garnish with pecans.


Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator.


Calories: 418kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: apple pound cake, fall

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Recipe Source: adapted from Taste of the South Magazine


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20 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Pound Cake Recipe”

  1. Made this yesterday and followed recipe to the letter. It was very dry and I’m not sure why. It was very flavorful. I think next time I will mix the apples into the batter to distribute more evenly. Will definitely make again. Makes for a stunning presentation.

  2. Could I cut this recipe in half and use a smaller bundt pan. If so would I cut baking time in half. I made the full version and loved it. Just don’t want such a large cake this time

  3. Laura Dembowski

    I should not have read this post hungry! I want to dive through the screen for a piece. Love that it has frosting and caramel! The pics are great too – I saw it on one of the food sites.

  4. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    Oh My! This cake!!!! This cake is gonna haunt me! I love the cream cheese frosting with caramel drizzle! Your pictures make me want to reach thru the screen and garb that plate with that slice! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Irina @ wandercrush

    I’m such a sucker for granny smiths. Fall is in the air! So many seasonal baking recipes going around and this one looks particularly tempting… that drizzly cross-sectional photo makes me want to go dig through the (sadly unstocked) fridge right now.

  6. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    Gorgeous cake, Christin! I love apple cakes. I guess the Fall is almost here, with all the recipes like this one! 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Part of me is so ready for it to be here Julia and part of me thinks the year is going by way too fast!

  7. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Oh my gosh – my mouth is WATERING. That bit of caramel drizzle on top of that cake…HEAVEN. So yum – can’t wait to make this one! 🙂 Unless of course, you’d like to send one over. I’m all over that.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I would be glad to send you some Kristi! But, I’ll have to make another one. We ate that sucker all up! LOL!

  8. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Caramel drizzle and cream cheese icing?? What is this? The best thing ever?
    Oh, Christin, this looks so darn amazing it’s making me want to eat the whole bundt cake right now (and I’ve just had dinner!) 😉

  9. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Wow, what a perfect fall dessert…and great for the Jewish holidays too. Also, your pictures are totally gorgeous!!

  10. marcie@flavorthemoments

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Christin! I can taste those warm fall flavors just looking at it.

  11. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Christin, I love the pics! The cake looks gorgeous and delicious. It is perfect for fall!

  12. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Oh my goodness this pound cake looks amazing! Caramel and apple? Yes please! 🙂 Delicious!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Caramel and apple is such a great combination isn’t it? Kind of like chocolate and peanut butter!

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