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Fresh Caramel Apple Cake

Of course I need to go to the blog of one of my best friends for a dessert recipe! Liz Barhydt of The Cookie Chew has her amazing ideas and recipes on her blog which are all incredible – check out her website for amazing ideas!!

Here’s her recipe for Fresh Caramel Apple Cake – try it & LOVE!!

Cake:

  • Butter (for greasing pan)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups peeled apples and finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Sauce:

  • 1/2 (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Generously grease a tub pan.
  2. For the cake, in a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, and mix well.  Fold apples, coconut, and pecans into batter.  Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean.  About 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Shortly before the cake is done, make the sauce: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, stir in the sugar, buttermilk, and baking soda, and bring to a good rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 1 minute.
  4. Pour the sauce over the hot cake in the pan as soon as you remove it from  the oven.  Let stand for an hour, then turn onto the rack to cool completely.

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