Caramel Apple Skillet Cake Recipe

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Caramel apple skillet cake is light and airy and topped with a decadent caramel apple frosting. It’s the perfect holiday dessert!

Caramel apples are one of my favorite treats. I wish they were there all year! If you love this flavor combination as much as I do, then you have to try these caramel apple cheesecake, caramel apple pie and for a more bite-sized treat, these caramel apple cupcakes!

A slice of caramel apple cake on a white plate.

Apple Biscuit Cake With Caramel Glaze

One of my favorite things to cook with is my cast iron skillet. I use it too little! It is so convenient and especially good for making desserts. (You have to check out this Dutch baby recipe I posted a few days ago!) This caramel apple pie is one of my new favorite desserts to make in it, and honestly just one of my new favorite desserts overall. It is the best choice for a holiday dessert. You’re going to absolutely love it!

This caramel apple pie is easy to make and bursting with fall flavors! The cake itself is made with brown sugar and sour cream. It’s amazingly moist and sweet! It’s also packed with cinnamon and apple, making it perfect for the upcoming holiday season! However, what really brings this cake together is the ooey gooey caramel sauce on top. It’s just too beautiful to resist.

Ingredients needed

Here’s everything you need to make this swoon-worthy apple pie! I know it seems like a lot, but many of these ingredients are things you already have in your pantry. See the recipe card below for the exact dimensions.

Skillet Cake

  • Butter: I used unsalted butter at room temperature so that the batter is creamy and lump-free.
  • Brown Sugar: I used light brown sugar, but regular brown sugar works too if you have that on hand!
  • White granulated sugar: Gives this caramel apple pie the perfect sweetness.
  • Eggs: I used large eggs. These will help bind all the cake ingredients together!
  • Vanilla Extract: I recommend using pure vanilla extract if possible as it will enhance the overall flavor of this cake.
  • Sour cream: This is cake’s best friend! If you haven’t tried it before, you really should! Sour cream makes cake extra soft and moist.
  • Flour: All round works great!
  • Baking powder: Baking powder is a must-add as it keeps your cake from getting hard and dense.
  • Salty: Salt is a flavor enhancer, so it will enhance the overall flavor of your cake.
  • Ground cinnamon: For that perfect holiday taste! You can also add nutmeg if you wish.
  • Milk: I recommend using whole milk here as the high fat content will make your cake super moist.
  • Big apples: I prefer to use sour apples like Granny Smith in this cake, but you can also use sweet baking apples like Braeburn, Honeycrisp or Gala.

Caramel Topping

  • Butter: For richness, creaminess and taste!
  • Milk: Again, use whole milk for best results. You can also use half and half to make the caramel topping creamier!
  • confectioner’s sugar: Powdered sugar adds sweetness and also a smooth texture.
  • Vanilla extract: The flavors of vanilla and caramel go perfectly together!
  • caramel: You can melt soft caramel candies here or use caramel ice cream as a topping. You can also make caramel sauce from scratch!
  • chopped apples: For the topping I used chopped Granny Smith apples.
6 photo collage of batter and topping being prepared.

How to Make Caramel Apple Skillet Cake

This cake is a delight. To really go over the top, we have a caramel apple glaze to drizzle on top. For this, you can either use store-bought caramel ice cream as a topping, or you can make your own homemade caramel sauce. I like to add extra pieces of apple to the frosting, but you can leave them out if you prefer.

  1. Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter: Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Then add the sugars and mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add wet ingredients: Add the eggs and mix until combined. Then stir in the vanilla and sour cream.
  4. Mix dry ingredients separately: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and whisk together.
  5. To combine: Slowly add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix gently until just combined. Pour in the milk and mix slowly. Add remaining flour mixture and mix gently to combine.
  6. Add apple slices: Fold in the chopped apple.
  7. Prepare skillet: You spray 10-inch cast iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the batter.
  8. Baking: Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

For the caramel topping:

  1. Melt butter: Add the butter and milk to a small bowl, heat in the microwave until the butter is melted.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients: Stir in icing sugar, vanilla and caramel until smooth (if you have chunks of icing sugar in the topping, pass through a fine mesh sieve if necessary) Stir in chopped apple.
  3. Add caramel glaze: Pour the caramel apple topping over the top of the cooled cake in an even layer before serving. Enjoying!
Top down view of caramel apple pie, sliced.

Tips and serving suggestions

Here are a few easy ways to take this caramel apple pie cake to the next level! If you make this for the holidays, it’s sure to be a hit.

  • Use prepackaged caramel: For easy preparation, use a simple caramel dip that you would use with apples or ice cream as a topping!
  • Serve à la Mode: Top this cake with some vanilla ice cream and it’s a perfect fall dessert! If you make double the amount of frosting in the recipe, you’ll have extra that you can drizzle over the ice cream, too. Just in case you need a little more caramel apple flavor. Whipped cream on top is also a good choice!
  • toppings: Some of my favorite things to add to this caramel apple pie are chopped walnuts and pecans. They taste great with both caramel and apple flavors!
  • Use Dark Brown Sugar: If you want your caramel topping to have a deeper flavor, swap light brown sugar for dark brown sugar.

Save leftover cake

If you have leftovers from this amazing caramel apple skillet cake, it’s best to keep it in the fridge! This way the cake stays nice and fresh and you can enjoy it all week if you have a sweet tooth.

  • In the fridge: Cover with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Front view of a slice of cake with a bite out.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  • Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugars and mix until light and fluffy.

  • Add the eggs and mix until combined. Stir in the vanilla and sour cream.

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and whisk together.

  • Slowly add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix gently until just combined. Pour in the milk and mix slowly. Add remaining flour mixture and mix gently to combine.

  • Fold in the chopped apple.

  • Spray the cast iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the batter.

  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Caramel Topping

  • Add the butter and milk to a small bowl, heat in the microwave until the butter is melted.

  • Stir in icing sugar, vanilla and caramel until smooth (if you have chunks of icing sugar in the topping, pass through a fine mesh sieve if necessary) Stir in chopped apple.

  • Once the cake has cooled, gently run a knife around the edge and flip it over to remove the cake.

  • Before serving, pour the caramel apple topping over the top of the cooled cake.

  • Enjoying!


Originally posted on August 26, 2016
Updated November 23, 2022

Serves: 8

Calories268kcal (13%)Carbohydrates51g (17%)Egg white3g (6%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated fat3g (15%)cholesterol53mg (18%)Sodium203mg (8%)Potassium116mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar39g (43%)Vitamin A192IU (4%)Calcium56mg (6%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional content will vary depending on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class Dessert

kitchen American

Keyword caramel apple pie, caramel apple skillet cake, caramel apple skillet cake recipe

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