Moist Apple Pecan Loaf Cake Recipe With Gooey Caramel Sauce by Opal Apples

Moist Apple Pecan Loaf Cake Recipe With Gooey Caramel Sauce

Thick slices of this apple pecan loaf cake will reward you with bites of tender apple, crunchy pecans and cake that's soaked in gooey caramel. Delicious! While many of us think of baking with apples only in the fall months, this moist apple cake is wonderful served at the holidays – or any time at all for dessert, breakfast, brunch or as a snack.

Haven't heard of an Opal apples? These delicious fruits are like no other! Opals are beautifully bright yellow with a distinctively crunchy texture and a sweet, tangy flavor. They are the perfect apple for this easy apple cake recipe.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 15


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 apples, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, crushed (divided)
  • caramel sauce, for serving

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two loaf pans (we use 10x5x3-inch loaf pans) by lightly coating with baking spray or butter and lining with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla and egg, mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the buttermilk and flour mixture in batches, alternating. Stir in the apples and 1/4 cup of pecans.
  3. Divide the batter into two loaf pans. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let it cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool. While the loaves are still warm, spoon some caramel sauce over the tops and sprinkle with pecans. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This recipe was developed by Kitchen Confidante.

Photo: Opal Apples

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Loaf Pans $7 & Up
Pecans $4 & Up
Cinnamon $3 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up

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Apple cake topped with caramel is a match made in dessert heaven!
Elisa Schmitz
I'm really excited to try Opal Apples, and cannot wait to try this recipe. YUM!
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