Caramel Apple Carrot Cake

Caramel Apple Carrot Cake

Gluten-Free

 

It’s that time of  year…time for the leaves to change colors, to enjoy the chilly evenings, to drink lots of hot cocoa, and to eat caramel apples! I used this as my inspiration for this recipe, by deciding to marry my most popular cake (which happens to be a classic carrot cake), with a delicious caramel apple topping. I hope you give this unique and delicious creation a try and enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Check out my recipe for homemade Salted Caramel Sauce to kick this recipe up a notch!

 

Caramel Apple Carrot Cake

 

You’ll need…

 

Caramel Apples:

2 granny smith apples, chopped

1/4 cup salted Kerrygold Butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp salted caramel sauce

 

In a saucepan, place all the ingredients for the caramel apples together and allow to simmer for at least 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to low while you start to make the cake.

Caramel Apple Carrot Cake

Caramel Apple Carrot Cake

 

Carrot Cake:

4 eggs

1  cups Salted Kerrygold Butter, melted

2 cups brown sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour

2 tsp xanthan gum

2  tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 tsp cinnamon

2 cups grated carrots

1 cup pecans, chopped

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two 9″ round pans by greasing and flouring.

 

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla.

 

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Then, slowly add the dry ingredients into  the liquid ingredients and mix until fully combined.

 

Next, fold in the caramel sauce and apples. Be sure to mix this in well. Now, fold in the carrots and pecans.

Caramel Apple Carrot Cake

Divide batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for about 25–30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

Caramel Butter Cream

 

1 1/2 cups Kerrygold Butter

3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla  extract

2 tbsp Salted Caramel Sauce

1 tsp caramel extract

 

 

In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter then add in a cup of powdered sugar, the caramel, and extracts. Whip in another cup of powdered Sugar. followed by the final cup of powdered sugar. Keep mixing until smooth.

 

Assemble the two-layer cake by placing a generous amount of frosting on the bottom layer, followed by placing the second cake on top of it.  Then use the rest of the frosting to cover the whole cake. For the final touch, drizzle with more Salted Caramel Sauce then cut, serve, and enjoy this Caramel Apple Carrot Cake!

Caramel Apple Carrot Cake


Caramel Apple Carrot Cake

Ingredients

    Caramel Apples:
  • 2 granny smith apples, chopped
  • 1/4 cup salted Kerrygold Butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salted caramel sauce
    Carrot Cake:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cups Salted Kerrygold Butter, melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
    Caramel Butter Cream:
  • 1 1/2 cups Kerrygold Butter
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1 tsp caramel extract

Instructions

    For the Apples:
  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan and allow to simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking while preparing the cake.
    For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two 9" round pans by greasing and flouring.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  5. Fold in the caramel sauce and apples. Mix well.
  6. Fold in the carrots and pecans.
  7. Divide batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for about 25–30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    For the Frosting:
  1. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter.
  2. Add in a cup of powdered sugar, the caramel, and extracts.
  3. Whip in another cup of powdered sugar, followed by the final cup of powdered sugar.
  4. Keep mixing until smooth.
  5. Assemble the two-layer cake by placing a generous amount of frosting on the bottom layer, then stack the second layer on top.
  6. Finish frosting top and sides of the cake with remaining frosting.
  7. For the final touch, drizzle with more Salted Caramel Sauce then cut, serve, and enjoy!
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