While looking for a dessert to serve on St. Patrick's Day, I ran across Dublin's Finest Caramel Apple Cake on Epicurean. It sounded delicious and I had everything on hand but the apple cinnamon quick bread mix. I tend to stay away from boxed mixes so I decided to make the cake, substituting regular dry ingredients for the boxed mix. The recipe below is my reincarnation of Dublin's Finest Caramel Apple Cake.
After stuffing ourselves with all the traditional St. Patrick's Day fare, we waited until the evening to enjoy a slice of cake with whipped cream. This cake is not very sweet but I like that. Michael would have appreciated a bit more sugar. I must admit that this cake was much tastier the morning after. The apple flavor was more pronounced, the cake was moister, and the lack of sugar was not as evident at breakfast! It was delicious with a hot cup of coffee.
Dublin's Finest Apple Caramel Cake - Recipe Remake
- Large bowl
- 9" round cake pan
- Medium bowl
For the caramel:
- ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter or margarine
- 8 ounce heavy whipping cream divided
- ⅓ cup chopped pecans
For the cake:
- ⅓ cup brown sugar not packed
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 3 TBS whiskey
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup milk
- 1 apple peeled and chopped
For the topping:
- Remaining heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey optional
For the garnish:
- Carmel sauce
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- In small sauce pan over low heat, combine brown sugar, butter and 2 tablespoons whipping cream. Cook and stir just until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into bottom of buttered 9-inch round cake pan. Set aside.
- In large bowl, combine sugars, oil and eggs and whiskey. Beat by hand until combined. Add the milk and mix well. Add the dry ingredients and the diced apples. Stir 50-60 strokes by hand until moistened.
- Carefully spoon batter over caramel mixture, making sure caramel is completely covered. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 1 minute, then invert onto serving plate. Cool completely.
- Just before serving, in small bowl, beat remaining whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and whiskey. Beat until stiff peaks form. Serve cake with a dollop of whipped cream.
Approximate nutrition information is provided as a convenience and courtesy only. You are encouraged to do your own calculations if precise data is required.
Whether you enjoy it with a cup of coffee for breakfast or a shot of Irish whiskey at bedtime, enjoy this cake!