This light and airy apple cake filled with chunks of fresh apples and butterscotch morsels is the ultimate fall season dessert. Each slice finished with a drizzle of caramel and a dollop of whipped cream is decadence you need to experience.
Apple desserts are the best way to celebrate the fall season. You can never get enough fresh apple bars, mini apple crumble pies or caramel apple crumble during apple season and beyond. This list of apple desserts also comes in handy when you are craving anything apple in your life.
Butterscotch Apple Cake Recipe
One of the best ways to enjoy apple season is to make this Butterscotch Apple Cake with fresh, in season green apples.
Yes, it’s a decadent cake and should be reserved for those occasions where indulgence is key. If you or someone you know has a fall season birthday coming up, I highly recommend celebrating with this very popular cake.
The added caramel drizzle and whipped cream put this cake over the top when it comes to enjoying a naughty dessert.
Ingredients for Butterscotch Apple Cake
- vegetable or canola oil
- granulated sugar
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder and baking soda
- table salt
- ground cinnamon
- pure vanilla extract
- pecans – you could substitute walnuts if you prefer them
- butterscotch morsels
- prepared caramel
- eggs – large sized
- green apples
- whipped cream – you can use store bought, but freshly whipped is best
How To Make Butterscotch Apple Cake
Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, mix together oil and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; beat well. Stir in vanilla, apples and pecans. (Mixture will be thick).
Step Three: Spread mixture evenly in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle butterscotch morsels over top. Bake for 55 minutes.
Step Four: Cool completely in pan. Garnish with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
What Does Butterscotch Taste Like
Describing what butterscotch tastes like is difficult, but it does have a very different complexity in comparison to caramel, which is often confused with butterscotch more frequently than you would think.
Butterscotch is a mix of browned butter, caramelized sugar and molasses, whereas caramel is caramelized sugar independent of molasses and butter. The brown sugar is what really gives butterscotch the it’s complexity and amazing taste.
How to Select the Perfect Apple in the Grocery Store
- Check its firmness. Pick up the apple and feel its skin. Gently press a small area of the skin to make sure it’s firm to the touch. Try to avoid apples that are noticeably soft, mushy, or indent easily after you press the skin.
- Look at the apple closely. Turn the apple completely in your hand to visually check for quality. Avoid apples with visible scuffs or bruises.
- Make note of the apple’s color. Apples with full color have absorbed lots of sunlight and that leads to great flavors.
- Smell that apple. A fresh, high-quality apple should have a pleasant aroma.
How Long Can I Store This Cake?
This cake stores well in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Butterscotch Apple Cake
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 tsps baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp table salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups peeled and finely chopped green apples
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup butterscotch morsels
- prepared caramel sauce and whipped cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together oil and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; beat well. Stir in vanilla, apples and pecans. (Mixture will be thick).
- Spread mixture evenly in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle butterscotch morsels over top. Bake for 55 minutes.
- Cool completely in pan. Garnish with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
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