Easy Dinner Recipes: Warm Carmel Apple Cake

Life doesn't ALWAYS have to be about easy dinner recipes.  Sometimes it's about making a looks-like-homemade desert with little work.  This one was emailed to me from Betty Crocker and I loved it! My in-laws loved it and after picking off the apples (we have the same problem with vegetables) my son loved it.

Warm Caramel Apple Cake
Warm Caramel Apple Cake
Serve this yummy apple upside-down cake warm from the oven.
Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hour 25 min
Makes: 15 servings

1/2cup butter or margarine
1/4cup whipping cream
1cup packed brown sugar
1/2cup chopped pecans
2large cooking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 2 1/3 cups)
1box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
1 1/4cups water
1/3cup vegetable oil
1/4teaspoon apple pie spice

2/3cup Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting (from 12-oz container)
1/2cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping

Caramel topping, if desired

1.Heat oven to 350°F. In 1-quart heavy saucepan, cook butter, whipping cream and brown sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally, just until butter is melted. Pour into 13x9-inch pan. Sprinkle with pecans; top with sliced apples.

2.In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, eggs and apple pie spice with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Carefully spoon batter over apple mixture.

3.Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from pan. Place heatproof serving platter upside down on pan; carefully turn platter and pan over. Let pan remain over cake about 1 minute so caramel can drizzle over cake. Remove pan.

4.In small bowl, mix frosting and whipped topping. Serve warm cake topped with frosting mixture and drizzled with caramel topping.

You can use cinnamon for the apple pie spice for a slightly different flavor.

Granny Smith and Braeburn are good apple choices to use in this recipe.

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