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Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

What to do with leftover Fried Apples? You could warm them up, right? You could smear them on toast. You could do a lot of things. One of my favorite things is to make fried apple cake!

OK. I shouldn’t act like this has always been my favorite thing, because frankly, it hasn’t! I only just realized that you could actually use fried apples in a cake. However, here it is and guess what? It is GOOD!

A whole slice of cake sitting with the icing running down the side. Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

First you will have to make fried apples and you can find that recipe HERE:  THE SECRET TO PERFECT FRIED APPLES. You will be so happy you tried it out! Don’t eat it all though, because you will need about 1 ½ cups leftover to make this cake!

The best part? This is made using a cake mix!! Very little measuring. Just whip it up and pour it in the cake pan! Done!

And let me tell you – nothing goes better with the taste of apples than caramel. Am I right? I know. I’m right.

The cake with a slice cut out Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

THE RECIPE FOR Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

A photo of the icing cooling in an ice bath Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

Fluffy spicey apple cake with a creamy dreamy caramel frosting!  HELLO!
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Course: CAKE
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake with caramel icing
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 240kcal


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 ½ Cups fried apples - cut into 1 inch pieces.
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

For the Icing

  • ½ Cup butter
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar packed
  • ¼ Cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp real vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp real almond extract
  • tsp espresso powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare a 9x13 cake pan with baking spray.
  • Mix together the ingredients for your yellow cake mix per package instructions.
  • Using a butter knife, cut the apples in the fried apple slurry into smaller pieces - about 1 inch per piece.
  • Add in 1 ½ cups of fried apples, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake per package instructions. At the designated time, check the cake. If it is still wobbly and loose in the center, bake for another 5 minutes. Keep checking in this manner until the middle is no longer wobbly and loose and when it only jiggles a little - it is done.
  • For the icing: Boil all of ingredients in a small saucepan for 3 minutes - set a timer. Stir vigorously for the full 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and immediately submerge the bottom half of the pan in an ice bath. Stir the icing until it is thickened and you are able to spread it over the cake.


This cake is slightly heavier than a box cake.  So, if yours turns out that, no worries!  That is the way it should be!


Nutrition Facts
Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A photo of the cake with a bite out, you can see a bit of apple in the center. Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

TIPS AND TRICKS for Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

  • This is a heavier cake – like a spice cake.
  • The cake will turn out a dark color and will be more rustic on the top.
  • If you do not have espresso powder, just leave it out.
  • It is important to use real extracts for the vanilla and almond or you may get that over sweetened false flavor that sometimes comes with imitation flavorings.
    The rustic looking cake sitting on the stove top. Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

    Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

    A photo of the icing cooling in an ice bath Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

    Fried Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

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Last time, I told you about hearing that there are 365 references to “be not afraid” in the Bible. I take that as a sign. One for every day.

This time, I’m telling you that there are MULTIPLE references about “Don’t worry”. You could probably construe that as part of the “be not afraid” since worry and fear are similar.

Just in a quick internet search, I found 30 references to “Don’t worry”.

Here is one of my favorites! What are your favorites? Wouldn’t it be fun if we listed them here in the comments and had a nice chat about it?

Matthew 6: 25-34

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

God cares for us

If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Saturday 2nd of November 2019

I would follow just as written except we prefer more spice. We used leftovers from supper fried apples. I had walnuts and raisins hanging around and added just for the heck of it. I never got to make the icing because my family devoured the cake as soon as it cooked. Thank you so much for this great recipe. I just hope to get to ice it next time. But rest assured this cake is great just alone!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Hi Elaina! Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment! I'm super tickled that your family enjoyed it so much! Thank you!


Friday 2nd of February 2018

I thought that this apple cake looked like it would be a little heavy - but it wasn't - it is more like a spice cake and it turned out perfectly! Thanks!


Thursday 9th of November 2017

Firstly I love the look and sound of this fried apple cake. I also have a bag of apples waiting to be used, from the trees in our garden! Pinned. Romans 8 vs 38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Matthew 6 teaches us not to worry or be anxious, but to seek first the kingdom of God. Romans 8 then goes on to explicitly reassure us that when we seek God absolutely nothing at all, past, present or future, will ever separate us from His love for us through Jesus. When we are "in Christ Jesus" that means we have the full, immeasurable love of God available to us every moment of everyday. For me that really, utterly and absolutely reassures me that whatever, my God is with me and I need not fear. Remember this is the same God who knows the number of hairs on our head, who created us with and for a purpose. To be "in Christ Jesus" so many times gives me the courage to push on, share my faith, act out my faith and stop and stand up for the one and only living God, when needed. How I love and thank him for His love, care, protection and peace. And also for fellow Christians, that we may together celebrate the greatness that is our God. Thank you Wendi and may God bless you.

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 9th of November 2017

Thank you Sammie! What a lovely message. Thank you for sharing! Wishing you the best weekend ever. :)


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