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Sticky Toffee Apple Cake

Sticky Toffee Apple Cake. This recipe is a warm apple spice cake version of a sticky toffee pudding. Rich, moist and densely textured, this would make an ideal brunch cake or decadent dessert any time. Can an Autumn dessert get better than this?

Sticky Toffee Apple Cake

Sticky Toffee Apple Cake

This toffee apple cake recipe will be no surprise to readers who know of my love for  Sticky Toffee Pudding I really enjoy the sweet, rich taste of of that classic dessert and decided that a warm apple cake version that partially mimics the beautiful dense texture of the pudding would be a great idea.

One of my work colleagues, Lynn had provided me with some apples from a bumper crop due to such a great growing season we had here in Newfoundland.

Red delicious apples on a red background. Stock photo.

I like Red Delicious Apples for this recipe but you can use any variety of firm apple you like.

I promptly jarred up some plain applesauce to use in apple muffins and cakes. The apple sauce adds greatly to the moistness of the cake while adding lots of flavour too.

The folks at my office were again the lucky recipients of my early morning baking experiment. When I showed up with this cake, warm out of the oven, at 9 AM it did not last very long at all.

Sticky Toffee Apple Cake

Sticky Toffee Apple Cake

This would make an ideal addition to any weekend brunch but would be equally great as a decadent dessert with a little whipped cream or even vanilla ice cream in the side.

This is a very rich dessert cake, so it serves more people than usual. It is best served in small slices.

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Sticky Toffee Apple Cake
Yield: 18 Servings

Sticky Toffee Apple Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Sticky Toffee Apple Cake - this recipe is a warm apple spice cake version of a sticky toffee pudding. Rich, moist and densely textured, this would make an ideal brunch cake or decadent dessert any time. Can an Autumn dessert get better than this?


For the Toffee Apple

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 3 large diced apples

For the cake batter

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup, or golden syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups apple sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves


To prepare the toffee apples

  1. Grease tube pan or large bundt pan well. Preheat the oven to 350 degree oven.
  2. Begin by making a brown sugar caramel for the bottom of the tube pan.
  3. In a small saucepan melt the butter and add the brown sugar and corn syrup.
  4. Bring to a boil and let simmer for only a minute or two over medium low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the diced apples.
  5. Pour this mixture evenly over the bottom of the greased pan.

To prepare the cake batter

  1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract well.
  2. Add the corn syrup and again beat well.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Blend in the apple sauce.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in three equal portions mixing until smooth after each addition.
  7. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45 -55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake rest in the pans for 10 -15 minutes before inverting the cake onto a serving plate.
  8. Note: Depending on the size of your bundt pan and the size of the apples in the recipe, you may have a little extra batter which can be baked in a couple of muffin tins if necessary. Don’t fill a bundt pan more than an inch from the top of the pan. Most regular tube pans should be large enough for this cake.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 g

Amount Per Serving Calories 282Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 47mgSodium 98mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 1gSugar 34gProtein 2g

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Sunday 19th of March 2023

I am making this cake now and am wondering when do you add the vanilla into the toffee apples. It calls for a tsp vanilla extract but does not state when you add it for the preparation of the toffee apples. Is it when the apples come off the heat or with the brown sugar and corn syrup?

Miles Thompson

Thursday 19th of September 2019

Barry, I assume the applesauce is made without sugar.

Barry C. Parsons

Saturday 21st of September 2019

Any applesauce is fine. I prefer unsweetened as this cake is plenty sweet enough.


Tuesday 1st of January 2019

I made this today and it was great! When I stirred the diced apples into the toffee, the mixture became watery and I worried. However I shouldn’t have as it was perfect. Very moist and light but not soggy. I did add crystallized ginger to the toffeee layer, and a tsp. of powdered ginger to the cake batter. Will definitely make this again. Happy New Year to you and yours, Barry.


Saturday 10th of November 2012

Made this yesterday...really lovely, had some for dessert with fresh cream, and cold with a cuppa today... A little hint/tip put the tin on a baking tray, my toffee escaped and burnt itself to the bottom of my oven!

Javelin Warrior

Friday 19th of October 2012

I have so many apples right now and this looks like the perfect way to use all those left from applesauce, apple pie, apple crumble... And it's so darn beautiful with that golden, toffee-like color... I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for continuing to inspire me with your creations...

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