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Honey Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze – Perfect for Fall

This honey apple cake is full of the flavors of autumn. Why not serve it as a part of your Thanksgiving dessert table?

What do all these have in common:  falling leaves, hoodies, carving a pumpkin, corn stalks, decorating, apples? 

Of course!  It’s fall.  My favorite time of the year.

And what could make it more perfect than this honey apple cake with its delicious caramel honey glaze?  It’s a keeper!This apple cake with caramel honey glaze is the perfect fall dessert. It is rich and creamy and full of flavor. What a treat it would be for Thanksgiving!

Treat your family to a honey apple cake with caramel glaze.

This apple cake is the perfect way to usher in fall.  It’s the best time of the year to purchase apples in all their perfect crunchiness, and the prices are good too.  Win, win as they say.

In my insightful moments, I sometimes finding myself wondering who ever saw a bunch of bees buzzing around a bee hive and thought, “I bet that is full of something sticky and really good to eat?” 

But I digress…. I’m just admiring my new bee measuring spoons and got wondering all sorts of bee and honey stuff, and forgot that I had to bake a cake! 

Dontcha just love my little bees?   Kind of perfect for this recipe, huh?honey bee measuring spoons

I have just come across a super new product called Honey Granules.  This nifty bag is full of tiny, sweet granules that are perfect to sprinkle into your tea, or cereal. 

They make an easy to measure alternative when you are looking for the delicious honey flavor, but don’t want the bother of a sticky mess. 

They are free flowing, not liquid, which make them so easy to use. The granules can be used for cooking, baking, or for sweetening beverages, like teas and smoothies.Apple cake with caramel honey glaze

These granules are perfect to use for the glaze for this cake.  I love that I can make it on the stove and that there is no sticky mess involved when I mix all the ingredients for the glaze together. 

It is a perfect choice for anyone who loves the flavor of honey in an easy to use bag of granules that pours beautifully.

Now, bear in mind. This cake is not intended for you if you are on a diet.  Pass right on by if you are, or be prepared to have just a tiny slice. 

It has cups of this and cups of that and none of it is diet friendly.  But, oh….is it worth saving up for!  Seriously…for weeks, I’ll eat salad if I can have a big ole slice (or three) of this scrumptious cake…

I’m going to use a bundt pan for this recipe. Those creases in the cake when it was done make the perfect down hill raceways for the oodles of glaze that I plan to drizzle over it.

So start by greasing and flouring the pan, and then put your 1/3 cup of your crunchy pecans in the bottom. ( I left these whole but coarsely chopped the ones that go in the cake.)

When the cake cooks, you get a nice layer of pecans on the top that blend just beautifully with the caramel honey glaze.

pecans in the bottom of the pan
I used my stand mixer to beat all the wet ingredients for the cake.  A hand mixer will do too but the batter is pretty thick so it will be harder to mix that way.

By the way, if you don’t have a stand mixer and like to bake, consider getting one. I use mine all the time and it makes cake making a cinch.  And anything that makes my kitchen tasks a cinch is good in my book.

I gave it to myself a few years ago for a Christmas present and just love it! 

The dry ingredients come next and then the apples and rest of the pecans are folded in to make a thick batter. apple cake batter

Will power…ah yes.  I’ll warn you.  This is the BEST tasting batter I have ever had the opportunity to lick off my beaters.  The problem now is not eating it before I actually cook the cake! 

I’m kind of tempted to freeze it and make it into apple cake dough ice cream.  But now…back to reality and into the oven for 55-60 minutes.  ingredients for the glaze

Now it’s time to use the honey granules Yay!  I love trying new things and am excited to see how the granules work for my glaze.  

They are simple to use.   Just place the brown sugar, butter and granules along with a bit of apple juice and milk into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. 

Speaking of brown sugar – have you ever started a cake recipe only to discover that your brown sugar has hardened? No problem!

These 6 easy tips for softening brown sugar are sure to help.

Lower the heat and continue cooking for another few minutes, being sure to stir the whole time.  Let it cool just a little and then pour it over the cake while it is still warm.

apple cake with caramel honey glaze
The flavor of the cake on its own is delicious, but add that scrumptious caramel honey glaze over it, and you’ll be tempted to eat more than one slice.  I promise!apple cake with caramel honey glaze

WHOA.  It seems like I got a little crazy with the glaze there.  My pants will scream at me tomorrow, but it sure feels good tonight!

The glaze is hard to describe. It has a taste similar to wrapped caramels with just the extra touch of honey. SOOOOOO good!

apple cakeAnd now that I have come to my senses, I am going to go portion that cake and freeze some of it…while I still have some will power left!

Love bundt cakes?  Try this orange bundt cake with a citrus glaze.

Yield: 16

Honey Apple Cake with a Caramel Glaze

Honey Apple Cake with a Caramel Glaze
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 1 cup pecans, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 eggs (I use free range eggs)
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 3 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped

Honey Granule Drizzle:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup Tate+Lyle® Honey Granules + 1 tbsp apple juice to recipe.
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 350º F.
  2. Grease and flour a non stick bundt pan.
  3. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the pecans over the bottom of the bundt pan
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar, canola oil, honey and pure vanilla extract on medium speed until everything is well blended.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time and then beat again until well combined.
  6. In separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  7. Whisk the ingredients to combine well.
  8. Add the flour mixture to the sugar and egg mixture and beat on medium speed until well blended.
  9. Stir in apples and the remaining pecans (I chopped these coarsely.) The batter will be quite thick.
  10. Pour it into the bundt pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  11. Let the cake sit for a few minutes in the pan, then remove and cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.
  12. While the cake is cooling, prepare the honey granule drizzle.
  13. Place the ingredients in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  14. Let it cool just a little and then pour it, while still warm over the cake.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 503Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 2gSugar: 47gProtein: 5g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Saturday 4th of September 2021

Can you use regular honey

Carol Speake

Sunday 5th of September 2021

I have not tried the recipe with honey but the ratio for the honey granules is 1 CUP LIQUID HONEY = 1 CUP TATE+LYLE® HONEY GRANULES + ¼ CUP ADDITIONAL LIQUID TO RECIPE. 1/4 cup of honey granules plus 1 tablespoon liquid equals 1/4 cup of honey.


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Omgsh Loving the glazed Apple Cake. My favorite donut is the glazed Apple Fritter that has real apples in it...this looks so good and so much better, I got to make this for my wife....Thanks so much

Carol Speake

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Glad you enjoyed the recipe, John.


Tuesday 30th of April 2019

Mmmm... my two favorite ingredients - apples and honey. I have never used honey granules, what a great idea.


Friday 9th of October 2015

This looks amazing and perfect for Fall!! Pinned :)


Friday 9th of October 2015

Thanks for pinning it Stacey!


Wednesday 7th of October 2015

This sounds wonderful! Apples and pecans in the same cake, plus honey? Sold!


Wednesday 7th of October 2015

My thoughts exactly!

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