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Caramel Apple Butter Layer Cake

This beautiful layered cake creation will impress party guests or the birthday girl. Made with Musselman’s Apple Butter.

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  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 large apple, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce


Make the Cake

  1. Step 1
    Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line the bottom of two 8 inch round cake pans (1-1/2 inches deep) with parchment paper then lightly grease with cooking spray.

  2. Step 2
    In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Step 3
    In a large mixing bowl, using medium speed, beat together the oil, sugar and brown sugar until combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Beat in the apple butter and vanilla. 

  4. Step 4
    Add the flour mixture to the wet, alternating with the milk, adding the flour in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions (begin and end with dry ingredients). Add the walnuts.

  5. Step 5
    Divide the batter between the two cake pans and bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes then invert the cake pans. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the Filling

  1. Step 1
    In a large mixing bowl (with whisk attachment if using a stand mixer), beat the heavy cream until it thickens and stiff peaks form, roughly 3-4 minutes (when you pull the beaters up, peaks will form and not fall over). Transfer to another bowl and keep cold in the refrigerator.

  2. Step 2
    In the same mixing bowl (no need to clean bowl - switch paddle if using stand mixer), beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and salt until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the caramel and vanilla. Scrape down the bowl as necessary.

  3. Step 3
    Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until fully incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.

Assemble and Topping

  1. Step 1
    Cut each cake layer horizontally into two layers for a total of four layers. Place one layer, cut side up, on a serving plate or stand. Spread one-third of the filling on top. Place another layer, cut side down, on top. Repeat with the remaining filling and layers. Right before serving, garnish with caramel apple topping.

  2. Step 2
    Make topping right before serving:  In a large skillet, melt the butter. Once hot, add apples and walnuts. Cook for 5 minutes or until apples start to soften. Add the caramel sauce and stir. Remove from the heat and cool 15 minutes before garnishing the cake.

What others are saying about this recipe

  1. Rosanne says:

    I made a variaton of this recipe since not all the ingredients are available in Holland. I used the recipe for the spiced cake and made a filling of cream cheese, greek yogurt (sugar) an orange peel and it tasted great. The cake was very moist and not overly sweet. And even though there is a use of spices in the cake, the taste of apple butter is still present

    1. Musselman's says:

      So glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting Musselman’s.

  2. Amy Yarber says:

    Made this cake for my mother’s birthday. The cake batter & icing was delicious as I put it together! After baking the cake was moist & icing soft. Really good balance of sweetness & spices. Excellent blend of a classic.

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