This apple pecan cake with caramel glaze is a perfect fall dessert. The combination of apples and pecans in the cake gives it a delicious and nutty flavor, while the caramel glaze adds a sweet and sticky finish. This cake is easy to make and can be served as a dessert or as a sweet breakfast treat. It’s perfect to serve at family gatherings, potlucks, or as a comforting treat on a cozy evening at home. Give this recipe a try and indulge in the delicious flavors of fall!


For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups peeled and grated apples (about 2 large apples)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the caramel glaze:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Preparation time: 20 minutes Baking time: 45-50 minutes Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the grated apples and chopped pecans.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the vegetable oil, applesauce, and granulated sugar together until well combined.
  5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  7. Fold in the apple and pecan mixture.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan and placing it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. While the cake is cooling, prepare the caramel glaze. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  12. Add the brown sugar and milk and stir until well combined.
  13. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it boil for 2 minutes.
  14. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  15. Whisk in the powdered sugar until the glaze is smooth.
  16. Pour the caramel glaze over the cooled cake, spreading it evenly over the top.
  17. Let the glaze set for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  18. Enjoy!