Caramel Apple Poke Cake


Nothing beats the moistness of a poke cake! This one with caramel and apple flavors is a great cake recipe for fall.

Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ cup apple butter (without pectin)

  • 3 cup finely chopped apple (3 medium)

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 14 ounce can dulce de leche

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8x4-inch or 9x5-inch loaf pans.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating until combined. Scrape bowl; beat 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in 1 tsp. vanilla. Add flour mixture and apple butter alternately, beating on low after each addition until well combined. Fold in apples. Divide batter evenly between pans; smooth tops.

  4. Bake about 40 minutes or until tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans. Place top sides up on wire racks. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke 1/4-to1/2-inch holes three-fourths of the way through cakes about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.

  5. Meanwhile, in a bowl gradually whisk milk into dulce de leche until smooth. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the dulce de leche mixture for the whipped cream topper, and set aside an additional 1/2 cup.

  6. Slowly spread remaining 3/4 cup dulce de leche mixture over cakes, allowing mixture to seep into holes. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, in a chilled large bowl beat heavy cream, the 2 tablespoons reserved dulce de leche mixture, and 1 teaspoon vanilla on medium until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Before serving, top cakes with whipped cream and drizzle with reserved 1/2 cup dulce de leche mixture. Serves 16.

    Caramel Apple Poke Cake
    Blaine Moats


For a fluffy crumb, avoid apple butter with added pectin. We tested this recipe with 1/2 cup of our Apple-Pear Butter and had good results.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
16g Fat
53g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 124.1mg 10%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 181.8mg 4%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 36.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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