Caramel Apple Poke Cake

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This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl. It is soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream.

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Well I am on my way back to California after a whirlwind weekend on the east coast. I watched one of my best friends marry the love of her life, visited with friends and family I haven’t seen in years and stuffed my face with all things maple and pumpkin flavored. Although I didn’t get the cider donuts I was hoping for.

This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl. It is soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream.

I wish I had a chance to make this Caramel Apple Poke Cake for my family while I was home, but there was just no time. I was bouncing around from New Jersey to Vermont to New York and back. I imagine this would have gone over very well!

It’s a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl, soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream. There is so much goodness going on here, I am quite certain you won’t be able to pick your favorite part.

This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl. It is soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream.

I felt like if I was going to be making an apple poke cake, I might as well go all out. I added a streusel to the cake, since any good apple dessert should be accompanied by some streusel. I swirled it into the layers of the cake and sprinkled some on top.

After the cake was baked, I poured a whole jar of caramel sauce over the top and let it soak into the cake. This is what makes it a “poke cake”. After it’s done baking, you poke holes all over it and soak it with a liquid. Sometime people use sweetened condensed milk instead, but the caramel sauce goes with the theme of the dessert.

This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl. It is soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream.

Now I also added my favorite stove-top apple pie filling to this dessert. Once fall hits, I feel like I am making a batch of this every single weekend! It’s a quick way to enjoy an apple pie without having to worry about the crust. I allowed the filling to cool before adding the final layer of whipped cream so that the whipped cream doesn’t melt.

This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl. It is soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream.

For the whipped cream, you can do a plain version, or you can try it with a cinnamon-maple whipped cream. I happened to have some leftover toffee bites in my freezer so I sprinkled that on top with a drizzle of caramel.

This cake is definitely rich. One thing I am known for is that my desserts tend to be a bit over the top, and I am okay with that! So if you are ready to indulge a little bit this week, I highly suggest you start with this cake. It packs a punch.

This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl. It is soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream.

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Caramel Apple Poke Cake

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 15 slices

Ingredients

For the Apple pie filling:

  • 3 Medium apples, sliced
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

For the cake:

  • 1 box White cake mix
  • ½ C Brown sugar
  • ¾ C Milk
  • ½ C Vegetable oil
  • 3 Large eggs
  • ½ C Sour cream
  • 2 tbsp Caramel
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon

For the streusel:

  • 1/4 C Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter

For the toppings:

  • 1 jar Caramel Sauce 14 oz.
  • 1 ½ C Heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ C Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. For the pie filling: Slice apples into small pieces and squeeze a lemon over top and stir to combine.
  2. Add brown sugar, flour, maple syrup and cinnamon over top of apples. Stir to mix ingredients.
  3. Heat apples on the stove over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until soft. Stir occasionally. You want the apples to be soft. Set aside and allow to cool, refrigerating if necessary.
  4. For the cake: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Prepare cake by combining cake mix with brown sugar, milk, vegetable oil, eggs, sour cream, caramel and cinnamon. Stir just until combine. Pour half the cake mix in bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and spread evenly.
  6. Prepare the streusel by combing all dry ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl: brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Add butter and microwave for 30-60 seconds until butter is melted. Stir melted butter into dry ingredients. Sprinkle half the streusel mixture over the bottom of the pan and gently swirl with a knife. Pour remaining cake batter on top and sprinkle with remaining streusel.
  7. Bake cake for 24-28 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done. Remove from oven and allow cooling for 10 minutes.
  8. While the cake is still warm, take the end of a wooden spoon or another round object and poke holes all over the top of your cake. Allow to cool for another 20 minutes.
  9. Pour remaining jar of caramel sauce over the cake and top with apple pie filling (recipe listed below).
  10. Put your mixing bowl and wire whisk in the freezer to help it get very cold. This is optional, but something I usually do.
  11. Beat heavy whipping cream on medium-high speed. Slowly added powdered sugar, increasing speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over cooled cake.
  12. Sprinkle with toffee bits and drizzle with caramel if desired.
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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This Caramel Apple Poke Cake is a brown sugar cake with a cinnamon streusel swirl. It is soaked in caramel and topped with apple pie filling and whipped cream.

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8 Responses
  1. Vickie

    Oh, thank you so much. I must apologize to you because I wasn’t thinking clearly! After receiving your reply I opened your website on Bing instead of AOL. It is AOL that for some reason messed up your ingredients by prefacing so many ingredients with A’s. It makes no sense to me. I will remember to open future recipes in Bing!! Your recipes are always delightful, I love your blog, your stories, and I enjoy reading about the camaraderie between all you creative bloggers.

    Vickie

  2. Vickie

    Could you please tell me what the A is for? Do the A’s represent 1, like in 1 1/2 = A 1/2? I am so dense, but I just can’t figure it out. Thank you. It sounds delicious!!

  3. Mir

    I love that this starts with a cake mix! It looks like so much happiness in one place. And you’ve totally rocked it with ways to use apple pie filling this season!

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