I am almost embarrassed to post this because it was just soooo simple. But, it is really nice to be able to whip up something a little special without much fuss sometimes. Because it turned out so nice, I thought I might as well share it. As I discussed last week in my Banana Peanut Butter Bread blog post; my husband had a week off from work; which meant that I didn’t have to pack him a lunch; which meant, I had extra apples in the house. For him, it was a week of fast food fun, while he and my youngest son “be-bopped” around from park to park. All fine and dandy, but it left me to worry about excess fruit spoiling. I don’t know why I ever worried. I am the QUEEN of making the most of our food on hand. ~As you can see.
I had such mixed emotions about posting this because it’s JUST a doctored up cake mix. I deleted it twice before deciding to forge ahead! What was I worried about? This is a perfect way to use up excess apples! The brown sugar crumble on top just added to the carmel apple theme without making it overly sticky. Try a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of this carmel apple cake while still warm for country perfection. So tell me. How do you doctor up your cake mixes?
Quick & Easy Carmel Apple Cake
- 1 Packaged boxed cake mix: I used Duncan Hines Signature Caramel
- All ingredients as listed on your cake mix
- 3 apples chopped in small coarse pieces
- 1/2 brown sugar
- 1/2 flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 TBL butter or margarine
- Prepare a 9x13 inch cake pan and preheat the oven according to your boxed cake mix directions. (Please note - Add 15 minutes to your bake time)
- In a large bowl, prepare your cake mix as described on the package instructions and set aside
- peel and core 3 apples, (discard core and peels) coarsely chop apple in small pieces and add to your cake batter mix
- Pour cake batter with apples to your prepared baking pan
- in a smaller bowl, prepare your crumb topping by mixing all ingredients with a fork until course and crumbly.
- Sprinkle evenly over cake batter and bake as directed - increasing bake time by 15 minutes
- **Important - increase your bake time by 15 minutes for a 9x13 pan to ensure apples are cooked thoroughly and crumb topping is browned and not to moist.
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