Lyla's Caramel Frosted Apple Cake

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  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, finely chopped apples (2 to 3 apples)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Caramel Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom only of 13-by-9-inch pan and set aside. In a bowl of an electric mixer, combine all ingredients except apples and pecans. Beat on medium speed until batter is smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in apples and pecans by hand. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; or until cake springs back when lightly touched with fingertip. Cool completely on wire rack.

Caramel Frosting:
In large saucepan, melt butter and add brown sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil and stir for 1 minute until thickened. Remove from heat and add milk. Beat with wire whisk until smooth. Add vanilla and beat again. Then add enough powdered sugar until of desired spreading consistency; the frosting should be pourable. Pour frosting over cake and spread to cover. Let cool and serve. Makes 2 cups.