An Apple Twist
On A Spice Cake

This Bundt cake uses a simple boxed cake mix to keep things easy. The apple cider caramel sauce is what makes it special. Easy and delicious all at the same time, this cake never disappoints.

Spice cake with apple cider caramel sauce

With all of the delicious holiday meals follows delicious holiday desserts. This cake is super easy since it uses a simple boxed spice cake mix. The homemade apple cider caramel sauce is also super easy but tastes like it took hours to prepare. Your guests will never know how easy this cake is to pull together. (I won't tell if you won't.)

Spice cake with apple cider caramel sauce

Serves 12


For the cake

  • 1 Bundt cake pan, greased or buttered
  • 1 box of spice cake mix

For the caramel sauce

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Prepare the cake according to the directions on the package. Add the batter to the greased Bundt pan and bake as directed. Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the brown sugar and water stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Keep cooking the mixture until it turns to a deep amber color, stirring constantly so that it does not burn. Remove from the heat and slowly add the apple cider, the cream, the vinegar, vanilla and salt. Be very careful as this hot mixture will bubble up as the other ingredients are added.
  3. Return the pan to the heat and wisk the caramel sauce for 2 to 3 minutes to make sure all the ingredients are combined. Remove and set aside, allowing to it to cool slightly.
  4. With a spoon drizzle half of the caramel sauce over the top of the cake. Place a slice of the spice cake on a plate and garnish with the extra caramel sauce. Serve immediately.

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Comments on "Spice cake with apple cider caramel sauce"

Sue January 04, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Oh yes, sugar too....

Sue January 04, 2014 | 2:04 PM

My grandmother made a cider vinegar sauce for her spice cake. It had vinegar, water, cornstarch, cinnamon and butter, but she never used a recipe, so I don't have proportions. Has anyone ever seen a recipe like that is similar. Yours is the closest I have been able to find!

Amy December 21, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Love that the cake is from a box but the frosting is homemade. I do that all the time. Cake is pretty much the same (flour, sugar, etc), it's the frosting that really makes the difference! This recipe looks awesome, thanks!

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