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Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I maybe, kind of sort of, got a little carried away with this Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake.

But sometimes I really just cannot help myself. Getting carried away in chocolate is always a fun thing. And this cake? It’s my favorite fall recipe to date. I freaking love this cake!

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I kind of have a lot to say about this cake (how could I not!). Please bear with me as I ramble (and ramble) and try to convince you that you need to make this cake.

For one, I realize that this cake is well, totally high maintenance. I am not going to sit here and try to tell you that it’s quick and easy because that would just be a lie. This cake takes a little TLC for sure, but I think it’s a cake that is worth it. Maybe it’s only a once year cake, but that is what makes it even more special. And the time of year to make it is NOW. I am thinking Halloween, but Thanksgiving would work too. Personally, I think it’s geared more towards Halloween. It has a little spook factor to it, the caramel apples and the whole Snickers thing makes it a dead ringer for Halloween, when everything is all about candy. Although, I didn’t actually use any Snickers in this cake, it’s just Snickers flavored…. but it’s better than a Snickers.

Without a doubt.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Here’s the deal, the cake part is simple. It’s just a spiced apple cake, but made chocolate. I know that is not really typical, but who cares, it’s good. The cinnamon is delicious with the chocolate and the sweet flavors of the apples.

Oh, and since this cake is full of applesauce that means it’s healthy, right??

Ok, ok, fine, it’s not even close to being healthy, but hey I had to try. And hey, it’s a celebration cake so the calories don’t count anyways… reason number 101 as to why I love the months of October, November and December. These are the months when food can be whatever we want it to be. Yes to the yes.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Once you have the cake all baked, it’s time for the caramel. Now the caramel we are dividing into two parts. You are going to start off, by making one big pot of salted caramel sauce. We only need one cup of the caramel sauce, so we remove that from the pot, set it aside to cool and then reserve the remaining caramel sauce (just leave it in the pot you cooked it in) for later on in the recipe. We need the one cup of salted caramel sauce for making the frosting and drizzling the cake layers. The rest of the caramel in the pot will need to be cooked again and brought to the proper temperature to coat the apples in. Once the cake is all assembled you will cover the cake and apples in this caramel. This is the very final step though.

The next step is the frosting, which may just be the best part. The frosting is addicting you guys. If you are a frosting lover, you may just want to double the recipe. It’s “spoonful worthy” good.

The frosting is sort of the “nougat” and peanut layer of the cake combined into one. I really did not want to take the time to make two sets of frosting for this cake, so I just combined them into one. It worked perfectly, if I do say so myself.

It’s sweet, but with the perfect amount of salt to balance it, and then it’s super peanutty, super creamy and so fluffy. AKA, the best frosting ever.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

After you have made the frosting, you frost that cake ALL OVER. Get every nook and cranny, then drizzle every inch with that reserved one cup of caramel sauce and cover those moist chocolate cakes in full on deliciousness.

Don’t worry about the frosting looking perfect because you will be covering it in a layer of chocolate and then a thick layer of caramel. Totally insane.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

The bummer part to this recipe is that it requires some chill out time in the fridge. The first chill time is short. You just want to keep the frosted cake in the fridge while you make the chocolate coating. It’s no big deal.

But the second chill time is more important. Once you have poured the chocolate coating (which is just chocolate ganache) over the cake, it is best if you can keep the cake in the fridge for at least and hour and half. I recommend overnight because it just make things easier (and less daunting) if you break the cake up into two days, but an hour and half will do too. After the cake is well chilled, it’s time to finish the caramel and make this cake GORGEOUS.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

All you are doing is boiling that same caramel from earlier (that I left in the pot) and bringing it to a slightly high temp. It REALLY helps if you have a candy thermometer for this. It just takes the guessing out and makes things a little simpler. It’s not a must, but you know your caramel is ready when you use the thermometer.

Also, it is important to let the caramel cool slightly before pouring it over the cake. This will help the caramel thicken up and also prevent the cake from melting. It’s kind of annoying, but pretty important, so don’t skip it. And then just pour the caramel over the cake, dip the apples and garnish with some salt and peanuts.

The caramel on the cake + apples should never become hard. It’s should firm up into a solid, but stay soft and chewy.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Whew. I know. It’s a lot, but it’s fun and perfect for Halloween. Please don’t be freaked by the amount of time required here. It’s not a hard cake to make, it just needs a little time. And come on, how could it not be worth it??

Words cannot describe just how good this cake is. It’s so good that I wasn’t even complaining that I had to make it twice… in a two-day period. And yes, all the cake somehow managed to get eaten. Everyone from my family, to builders to friends, to random walk-ins loved this cake.

What can I say, it’s just a lovable cake.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sorry for the giant post with too many words and WAY too many photos, but I am obviously pretty excited about this cake.

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 886 kcal

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Ingredients

Salted Caramel

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey or corn syrup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + flakey salt for sprinkling
  • 3 your favorite SMALL apples * I used granny smith and honeycrisp
  • 6 twigs or wooden sticks

Snickers Frosting

Chocolate Coating

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

To make the Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch (or 9 inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.
  • In a medium size bowl combine the flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand held mixer) beat together the eggs, canola oil, apple sauce, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low until there are no longer any clumps of flour. Add the hot coffee and mix until combined. Batter should be pourable, but not super thin.
  • Pour the batter among the 3 cake pans and bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are just set and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool five minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan. Grab 3 large flat plates, line them with wax or parchment paper and invert the cakes onto the paper lined plates. Cover and let the cakes cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Caramel + Frosting

  • Place sugar, honey and apple cider in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, boil, without stirring, 9 minutes or until light golden in color. Add the heavy cream, butter, bourbon, and vanilla, slowly stirring into pan. Boil for 10-15 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 210 degrees F., stirring frequently. Remove the sauce from heat and add the salt. Using a heat proof measuring cup scoop out 1 cup of caramel sauce and allow it to cool. Cover the remaining sauce and set aside until the cake is ready (I just covered my pot and set it aside overnight).
  • Now make the frosting, add the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar to the bowl of stand mixer (or use a hand held mixer). Beat together until the butter is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the peanut butter, 1/3 cup of the cooled caramel sauce and the vanilla, beat, scraping down the sides as needed, another 2 minutes or until there are no streaks. Stir in the chopped peanuts.

To Assemble the Cake

  • Place 1 layer of cake, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. Drizzle the cake with a little salted caramel sauce (from the reserved 1 cup, not from the pot of caramel). With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and drizzle with caramel. Spread the frosting evenly on the top. Add the final layer of cake and drizzle with the remaining caramel. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Don't worry about it being too perfect as you will be covering most of it up. Place the cake in fridge.
  • To make the chocolate coating. In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate and cream. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring between each until melted. Allow the sauce to cool 3-5 minutes, and then pour the sauce onto the middle of the cake and spread to just the sides, allow the sauce to drip down the sides of the cake. Place the cake in the fridge preferably overnight, but at least 1 1/2 hours. You need the chocolate to be completely set and the frosting firm.

To Finish.

  • Once the cake is cool, grab that reserved caramel sauce in the pot. Place it back over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads between 220-230 degrees F (I let mine go to 225 and it was perfect). Remove the sauce from the stove and let is cool 15-20 minutes, stirring every so often. Make sure the caramel does not become too stiff. If it stiffens too much you will not be able to dip the apples. While the sauce cools, push the twigs or wooden sticks into the top of the apples. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • When the caramel has cooled (it should be a little thicker now, but still pourable), pour about half the caramel over the cake and allow it to fall down the sides of the cake. Working quickly, dip the apples into the remaining caramel and place the in the center of cake. Sprinkle the cake with flakey salt and peanuts. Make room in the fridge for the cake and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes. The caramel should never get completely hard, but should be more of a soft firm. Once the caramel is firm, store the cake in the fridge until ready to serve. Allow the cake to sit 15 minutes at room temp before serving. Please not that this is a delicate and with all the toppings it is a bit tricky to slice. Your slices will not be perfect.

Notes

*To cut the cake, I recommend removing the apples and then carefully slicing the cake. This is a messy cake guys, the slices will not be perfect. *If you prefer, you do not have to add the caramel apples to the cake. It does make the cake a little hard to cut, so you can either skip them or serve them on the side of the cake. *It is important to use small, light apples. If you use large apples, the cake has a greater chance of caving in. 

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Seriously? I cannot even handle it. This cake, I love this cake! So please make it – please!

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  1. 3 stars
    Tried this cake a week or so ago. This cake is definitely not for a novice baker. Also someone experienced in making caramel is a must. I think the liquid ratio is off for the caramel. It took me over an hour to finally get the caramel close to thicker consistency. I didn’t think the directions were very clear “boil until golden” since the mixture was already a golden color due to the honey and cider are already brownish in color. I also found the caramel to have a little too much fat and didn’t adhere to the apple. But the caramel did taste really good. The cake tasted really good, but I wish there was more apple flavor. The chocolate and spice really overpower it. I used my own swiss meringue buttercream flavored with the caramel and peanut butter instead of the snickers cream cheese frosting.

    Definitely a special occasion cake that takes A LOT of time and planning to put together. Probably won’t make this exact cake again. But may use this as inspiration to make another cake. I did enjoy the challenge though!

  2. Ugh! Everything about this came out except the caramel. Am I supposed to stir the sugar, honey and apple cider until it gets the golden color or no? I did and my caramel was pure liquid after adding everything 😭😭

    1. Hey Stefanie,
      So sorry to hear this. Step 1 specifically states “without stirring”. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  3. I have only made this cake a couple times but it’s just as much fun to make it as it is to eat the cake afterwards. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, my favorite chocolate cake to date and it’s never dry.

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      Wonderful! I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving the recipe a try!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jane,
      I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed. Thanks so much for giving it a try. Have a great week! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I do NOT bake cakes, but for a girls lunch celebrating a friends bday who absolutely loves HBH, I did! This cake is a little time consuming (esp since I took it slow because I wanted to get it right) but it was SO WORTH IT. Everyone raved about how delicious it was and I’m pretty proud of myself for attempting it! Thanks Tieghan for always getting me out of my comfort zone in the kitchen!!! I will definitely make this cake again in the future!!!

    1. Hey Haley,
      I would increase your baking time slightly. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  5. 3 stars
    I made this cake for my niece’s birthday. The caramel was way to hard. Could hardly pull the apples off the top…But the cake and frosting were very delicious. Took pretty much all day to make it. Thanks for the recipe but if and I mean if I ever make this cake again I will use jar caramel sauce for the topping so its not so hard.

    1. Hi Cindy! I am glad this recipe turned out well for you and if you need any help with the caramel, please let me know! I hope you enjoy this one more the next time! xTieghan

  6. Hi Tieghan,
    I made this for Halloween this year and I have to say people loved it!! It didn’t look as good as yours, but the flavor was all there and it was so festive!
    Only comment, I had never made caramel so mine wasn’t that thick (yet still delicious). It was falling off the apples. Any tips?

    Since then, I have made several other of your recipes. You are a master of flavors.
    Thank you for sharing these recipes, my family has been very happy! =)
    I’ll tag a photo of my cake on twitter!

  7. After making the caramel, I left to cool overnight to make the frosting, as you suggested, and noticed this morning it had separated. Is that normal? I cooked it the first time to 220 degrees. What did I do wrong? Thanks

    1. Hey Anne, the caramel should not have separated. Did it look like caramel when you finished cooking it? Was there anything you did differently at all? Any ingredients different? Method? Any info will be helpful to help me problem solve and figure out what might be happening for you. It’s hard to know without knowing any details. Hope I can help you! xTieghan

  8. 4 stars
    Love the cake for its taste. However, I ran into a problem – my caramel was too runny and I couldn’t really poor much caramel on the cake or it would run over. I tried to re-boil the caramel, it helped some, but not nearly enough. I followed the directions to a T, not sure why this happened.

    1. Hey Daniela,
      I am so sorry to hear this! Sometimes caramel can be tricky and you have to get it to the right temperature. Next time try using store bought caramels and just melting those! Please let me know if you have any other questions:) xTieghan

  9. What a gorgeous gorgeous cake! I am not a very experienced Baker and this is the first time I’ve ever made caramel sauce very yummy but it got very hard on the cake. I see where you said it shouldn’t have what did I do wrong you think?

    1. Hey Dana,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am sorry you had issues with the caramel. Did you happen to adjust the recipe at all? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  10. I have made this cake multiple times and LOVE it! I have never figured out if the caramel sauce is supposed to be thick or not. My sauce is typically quite thin. Is that correct?

    Thank you so much!!!

    1. Hey Francine,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try. My caramel sauce is usually in between, it’s not super thin but it’s also not very thick either. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kelsey,
      You can sub out some of the apple sauce for the apple butter. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    I made this cake yesterday for my sister-in-law’s birthday and people won’t stop talking about it! It was so fun to make and I went a little above and beyond on the apples and decor of it. But it was probably one of the best tasting cakes and I love that it wasn’t too sweet, but the mix of the cake and the caramel was spot on! I will absolutely make this again and again!

    1. Hi Joleen! I am really glad this recipe turned out so well for you! Thank you for trying it! Happy Birthday to your sister-in-law! xTieghan

  12. 4 stars
    I made this cake for my birthday because it just looked amazing and… everybody liked it!
    I did make some changes: I reduced the sugar in the chocolate cake with 1/2 cup, I used apple cider instead of coffee, I used golden syrup instead of honey for the caramel and I used only half of the powdered sugar for the frosting. Also I halved the amount of ganache, and probably also used about half of the caramel. I added peanuts in between the layers instead of adding them to the frosting.
    The chocolate cakes are very rich and soft. The frosting is also great. My caramel stayed a bit to soft and dripped down the cake a bit too much. I boiled the caramel until it was the given temperature, which did not take 15 minutes but rather 1 minute or so (both times). However, it still tasted great, just a bit more messy, but that is okay!

  13. I can’t even complete the recipe at this point because it is incomplete. I saw several people complain about the caramel step; and I should have heeded those warnings and found my own recipe for salted caramel, before wasting all of those ingredients. Where is the measurement for the butter you say add? My sauce never got thick. I boiled for way more than 10 minutes. Temperature got up to 219. That amount of sugar and liquid seems off. The instructions are incomplete. Maybe you should separate each portion, instead of writing the frosting and caramel parts together. Now,unfortunately, I need to go to the store and buy more whipping cream, so I can get the frosting done. But I am resolved to find someone else’s caramel to make that way I can at least complete it.
    So far, I would give this recipe 1 star for the caramel portion, but I’ll come back and rate the entire cake after I find a decent caramel recipe.

    1. Hi Moni, I am so sorry, I am not sure how this happened, but the butter was moved too far down in the ingredient list. You need 1/2 cup butter for the caramel and NO butter for the chocolate ganache. Recipe fixed and should be easier for you to follow. Again, so sorry for the trouble. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Happy Holidays!! xTieghan

  14. There is no butter listed in the ingredients for making the caramel sauce, but it said to add butter in the directions

    1. HI! You need 1/2 cup of butter. Recipe fixed! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  15. On the recipe there’s not butter listed under caramel but the instructions say add butter. How much butter do I use? Making right now for our thanksgiving. Can’t wait.

    1. Hey Courtney! You need 1/2 cup of butter. Recipe fixed!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  16. Hi! This is my second year making the cake and I never printed out the recipe and now it looks like their isn’t a measurement for the amount of butter in the caramel sauce. Can you let me know how much butter to add! Thank you!

    1. Hey Sarina! You need 1/2 cup of butter. Recipe is fixed and back to normal now. So sorry about that! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  17. I am doing a practice run for Thanksgiving and am confused because the instructions for the caramel state add butter but the ingredient breakdown doesn’t have it listed. Similarly, the instruction to make the chocolate doesn’t state butter but it is listed above under the chocolate coating. Please advise! 🙂 so far it’s beautiful but I clearly need butter somewhere :). Thanks!!

    1. Hey Jill! I am so sorry, I am not sure how this happened, but the butter was moved too far down in the ingredient list. You need 1/2 cup butter for the caramel and NO butter for the chocolate ganache. Recipe fixed! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    Hi! Would it be possible to substitute store bought caramel sauce? I am nowhere near an experienced baker and just know it will turn out horrible. Haha!

    1. Hey Ashley! Store-bought will work great for the cake, but don’t use on the apples as it will not stick to the apple. Just skip that part! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

    1. HI! The bourbon is added to the caramel sauce. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    Awesome cake ! Cooking it again on Halloween, but cider will be a problem for one of my guests… Can I replace it with apple juice, or will it affect the caramel’s texture ?

    1. Hi Louis! I am sure apple juice will be just fine. Great idea! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

      1. Hi there, we have a peanut allergy so I bought the only almond butter I could find – it says that the oil will naturally separate. It isn’t separated currently. Will it be okay?

        1. Hey Bobi,
          I’m sure the almond butter with work just fine. Let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kate! You can use 1/4 cup of bourbon and 3/4 cup apple cider for the caramel. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!

  20. Help I made this cake yesterday and finishing with the Carmel topping today but my Carmel is so runny and looks nothing like yours how can I thicken it up.

    1. I am sorry this did not work too well for you. I would say you could try simmering it for a bit longer. Are there any other questions I could help you with? Thank you!

  21. Just came across this cake in a buzzfeed article, Am I absolutely crazy that I have never baked a cake from scratch before and yet I want to start with this one?? I’m so scared but I’m determined to take my time and do the best I can! It HAS to be this cake and no other will suffice. Amazing recipe and photography!! I’m in awe and will cry if (slash when) I fail at this ?

    1. No don’t say that!! I am sure this cake will turn out amazing for you, Misha! And I hope it does! Let me know if you have any questions as well! xTieghan

  22. Looks amazing, but we can’t buy heavy cream in The Netherlands. Would standard whipping cream work for the caramel sauce and chocolate sauce?

    1. Hi Evelyn! Standard whipping cream works great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  23. 4 stars
    Having a big event for work this fall, with lots of gourmet apples and cider and I plan to make this the shining star, thanks so much for this beautiful piece of art!

  24. 5 stars
    I am making this and so far the caramel isn’t getting thick. I used light corn syrup should I have used dark. My chocolate ganache is thick and looks sandy. Any suggestions?I feel like throwing it out.

    1. HI! Did you change anything to the recipe? How did it end up? Any more info would be really helpful in advising you. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

  25. I just made this for a Birthday Party Brunch. They were amazed. I got comments like “Best Choc Cake ever!” and “this is a work of art”. THey loved it. This is a PROJECT to be sure but it was worth it and so much fun!!

    1. Hmm, I supposed you could bake this on a sheet pan, then add the caramel, let that set and then frost. Just adjust the cooking time for the sheet pan. Maybe 40 minutes or so? I am not sure as I have not make the sheet cake. Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Cathy, did you change anything about the recipe? Any more details you can give would be helpful in problem solving.

  26. 2 stars
    Making this for Thanksgiving but this caramel sauce is waay to thin! There is no way this will coat an apple. Followed directions and used a candy thermometer. Super disappointed and just sent my husband to the store for caramels 🙁

    1. Hi Becky! I am so sorry to hear that. Is there any questions I could help you with? I am not sure what happened exactly. Thank you!

  27. 3 stars
    I am making this and so far the caramel isn’t getting thick. I used light corn syrup should I have used dark. My chocolate ganache is thick and looks sandy. Any suggestions?I feel like throwing it out.

    1. Hey Jane, can you give me some details on how you made this? How did you melt the chocolate? When it turns sandy that usually means it has been burned.

  28. Can this cake be made ahead and if so, what is the refrigerated life? I am wanting to make for Thanksgiving and would like to make it about 4 days prior to serving. Also what is the difference in using coffee vs apple cider?

    1. HI! You can make the cake 3 days ahead, keep in the fridge and remove 30 minutes before serving. I prefer using coffee as it highlights the chocolate flavors. The cider will just add sweetness. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  29. I am going to the store to get the ingredients for this cake! In the comments people speak about bourbon, but I don’t see it in the ingredients. What am I missing? I hope it does have bourbon!

    1. Hey Melinda! You can use 1/4 cup of bourbon and 3/4 cup apple cider for the caramel. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  30. 4 stars
    Hi! This cake looks amazing and I’m going to be attempting it for a Thanksgiving celebration this weekend! I do have a two hour car trip.. do you think it will make it or should I save it for another occasion? Thanks!!

    1. Hey Julia! I think if you chill the cake before the drive and keep out of the sun then it should be just fine. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  31. I’d love to make this cake but I have a nephew with a peanut allergy. What would you suggest as a substitute? Thank you!

    1. HI! I recommend omitting the peanuts and using almond butter or cashew butter in place of the peanut butter. The recipe will be just a delicious without them. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    Hello,
    thank you so much for this recipe! I made this cake for halloween with a friend. It was a complicated and long process, but the result was amazing! The only thing we would change is to use more apples. Maybe very thin slices between the layers to give it a little bit more freshness. Otherwise it really was a feast and our friends were amazed!
    ♡ Daniela

    1. I am so glad you liked this recipe, Daniela! I hope it turns out more amazing next time with your changes! Thank you!

  33. 5 stars
    This recipe was indeed the bomb. Huge hit as a baby shower cake. The frosting was incredible, and I love the addition of the applesauce and spices that you don’t really notice, but gives so much depth to the flavor. A+

  34. 3 stars
    Long, long ago (probably back when this recipe was first released) I came across this page and knew I had to someday make this cake for my birthday (which is October 17th, funny enough). Well, this year was finally the year! As I’m sitting here eating a frozen leftover piece of cake I realize I have to document my experience. This is going to be a long but informative review so stay with me.

    *Modifications*
    Cake:
    – sugar reduced to 1 + 1/2 cups
    – sweetened apple sauce instead of unsweetened (this was a straight up error)
    – apple juice instead of coffee/cider
    Caramel substituions:
    – earth balance vegan butter
    – 1 can coconut milk (480mL) instead of 2 cups heavy cream
    – apple juice instead of the bourbon
    – raw honey
    Frosting substitutions:
    – tofutti cream cheese
    – natural smooth Pb (yeah it’s oily, @ me)
    – earth balance vegan butter
    .. And for the chocolate ganache I just winged it. Double boiled some unsweetened baking chocolate with some coconut oil and added some coconut milk powder to make it creamy and about 1 tblsp of the salted caramel to make it just a touch sweet.
    Assembly :
    I sliced the apples, dipped the slices in caramel, and arranged them to cover the top of the cake

    *Explanation*
    I am lactose intolerant, so I had to make substitutions for the dairy. If you want to make it vegan, you can probably also use your favourite egg replacer for the cake, and follow a vegan recipe for caramel. I used apple juice in place of the apple cider and alcohol because I don’t drink and couldn’t find a friend to take care of the leftovers. I also reduced the sugar in the cake because HOLY CRAP, A SUGAR TO FLOUR RATIO OF 1:1?! Tieghan! Girl, I am not big on sugary sweets but even my friends couldn’t handle my cake with the reduced sugar modifactions! Way way way too sweet on the cake there. My rule of thumb for cakes is if it’s going to have sweet toppings, I try to make things bitter to balance it out. Dark chocolate bittersweet cake, sweet Pb frosting, bittersweet chocolate ganache, then SWEET AF CARAMEL THAT IS LITERALLY RICH HONEY.
    I chose MacIntosh apples to slice and arrange on top to lend a bit of tart to each bite, and stuck crushed peanuts up the sides of the cake because if you’re like me and can’t frost to save your life you’re gonna need something to cover up that mess.

    *Results, Comments, etc*
    I was a hug fan of the cake. It is subtly spiced, deeply chocolatey and perfectly sweetened with my sugar Modifications and accidental inclusion of sweetened applesauce. One complaint I do have though is that there is so much vanilla required for this recipe! Like holy crap, I used a third of a new and expensive bottle of vanilla on this thing. I don’t believe that so much is required for this recipe, and in the future I’d reduce the amount.
    The frosting tasted great albeit a little sweet and buttery, but since I used natural peanut butter the consistency wasn’t quite right, which I expected anywho. If anyone else is looking for a healthier modification as well, I’d suggest trying powdered peanut butter, keeping the dry ingredients on hand to add as necessary and per taste.
    The caramel was a lot richer (fattier) than I expected, and the consistency wasn’t quite right for me, which I know is probably due to the ingredients. I was surprised that no matter how long I left my mix boiling on the stove, it couldn’t quite reduce to the candy caramel I used to know and love :'( next time I need to make vegan caramel I’ll just follow a recipe that doesn’t use honey, since my caramel just ended up tasting like buttery honey rather than caramel.
    I highly recommend slicing tart apples and arranging them on the top of the cake! It adds a much needed fresh and tart taste to every bite. I dipped mine in caramel and then put them on top, which preserved the freshness. If I were to make it again I would also put apple slices in between the layers of the cake. Also I have to note that since there is so much butter and oil in the frosting, ganache, and caramel, I’d substitute some of the cake oil for more applesauce. That’s a bit more of a personal preference, though.

    Aaaand I think that’s it. To any readers who got this far, I hope you’ve found something helpful in my review. Overall it was a delicious cake, and I think the reduction of sweetness in certain elements really helps. Thanks to Tieghan for posting this recipe and keeping me salivating for 4 years!

    1. Hi Ameris! I am so glad you liked this cake and left modifications for others that cannot eat dairy! I will take note of your comment for future recipes, thank you so much!

    1. Hey Jules, the eggs are listed just below the all-spice. You need 3 eggs. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  35. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan. First of all, your cake looks amazing! So much so that it instantly inspired me to make it, even though I’ve never made something this complicated before. I know it’s been a long time since you posted this, but I’m hoping you can save me! I’m currently making the caramel (the three cakes are in the fridge since yesterday, chilling!) So, I’ve followed the instructions, but I don’t have a candy thermometer so I don’t know if the caramel is done.. this is for the first bit, so it can be added to the frosting. How thick does it need to be? It tastes good but it’s currently rather funny.. I wonder what consistency it should have.. Here’s hoping you see this, otherwise I’ll improvise.. eeek!

    1. HI! The caramel should be the consistency of honey and it will thicken as it cools! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  36. 5 stars
    This recipe is Amazing! I’m going to make it for Halloween! There’s only one thing that i don’t understand! When you talk about the ingredients for the snickers frosting you say we need 1/2 cup of heavy cream, right? But when you explain how to make it, you don’t even mention heavy cream…so, when do i have to put it in the frosting? Do i have? Thank you

    1. HI! The heavy cream is actually used in the chocolate coating, not the frosting. So sorry if that was confusing. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  37. Hi Tieghan! I am in love with this cake and I just noticed you are a gellow Coloradoan! I live in CO at 6,300 ft. I didn’t rrad that you speficially mentioned any high altitude changes for this bake. Is this recipe already adjusted for high altitude or written for sea level? I am so excited to make this cake.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Erin! The recipes on my blog should work great for you! Please let me know if you have any questions while making though!

  38. 5 stars
    I made this cake, and while it was challenging for me, it was TOTALLY worth it!!! I made it for a special person’s Fall birthday and it was incredible! Thank you so much !!!

  39. I’m currently making this cake! I made the caramel and cooked to 220 (oops!) it’s very hot still but liquidy, not really thick at all. Is this how the first round of caramel is supposed to be?

  40. I made this cake twice over the span of 4 days, the first one (practice run) came out perfect! I typically struggle with caramel, but it went off without a hitch! 2nd one (was made for a fund raising auction) I struggled a bit with the caramel (i’m positive it was because of my own impatient fault, somehow) but I managed to salvage it and the cake came out beautiful and amazing and was THE hit of the night!! I recommend take your time AND give yourself time to work thru it. I’ve never had spiced chocolate cake before, and i’m not a huge fan of chocolate cake, but I really like this flavor combination! This is definitely one that makes a big show-stopping splash and has the flavor profile to back up its beautiful looks!

  41. 5 stars
    I just made this cake, and it is so delicious. I can’t believe how moist it is! I thought it sliced beautifully. My caramel sauce was a bit thinner, but it was thick enough to create a layer over the chocolate, though not as visible as yours. In the crunch for time, I didn’t get to put the caramel apples on top of the cake, and also I used semisweet chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate for the top layer (because I had that on hand) and it was yummy. The freezer was my best friend for firming up the frosting and chocolate/cream layer quickly. Everyone loved this cake and I would definitely make it again.

  42. 5 stars
    First of all, I LOVE your recipes, I’m so happy to see that you have a cookbook that I can now buy and use over and over again! I made the caramel snicker cake last Christmas, I made it gluten free, and OH MY GOSH was it a hit! There was just complete silence during everyone eating it, we all LOVED IT! I did not do the caramel apples on top (I was not that brave), but I’m hoping to try something new again this year, even though every one is begging me to make the caramel snicker cake again!
    Thank you so much for your amazing photos, wonderful delicious recipes and your joyful posts!

  43. 5 stars
    Omg ! This cake is amazing !!! Just made it for thanksgiving today !!!!! I can not wait to share it with my family !!! Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂

  44. 4 stars
    I made the caramel this morning and it was really thin. I put it back on the stove and cooked it to the soft ball stage, I believe it got to 240*. I believe the temperature in the recipe is way too low. Am I doing this all wrong? I’m making the cake for my sister’s birthday, which happens to be on Thanksgiving this year. I’m excited to see her face when I walk in with this gorgeous cake. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. HI! So sorry for the delay. You are not doing anything wrong, just boil the caramel until it thickens up to your liking. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your sister had a great birthday!! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  45. 5 stars
    This cake was amazing! I have made it twice now. The first time I followed timing exactly and it was the most moist cake I have ever had. the 2nd was a bit drier and I rushed it in a day and it did not work nearly as nicely.
    It is a time consuming cake for sure, but your guests will love this cake.

  46. 5 stars
    I made this cake last weekend for a party, and it end-up as the center piece!!! It was so delicious!!! The tasting turned into a competition to guess the flavors in it…they even tasted coconut!!! HAHHAHA….
    I do have a question though, the caramel ended up being a little harder than I expected and since it was in the fridge all the time you suggested, It made the cake a little harder than on your pictures. Since I am making another one in two days for Thanksgiving, should I just add more heavy cream if I think its still too hard…? Also, since I only have one pan to bake, how long shoud I keep it in?
    Thank you in advance! You are making me so proud of myself…

    1. Yes, just add a touch more cream to loosen it up. Sorry for the late response. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  47. 5 stars
    Gonna try and make this for thanksgiving….but I’m super psyched to make it and know I’m gonna take forever on the decorations….how early in advance do you think I could make it?

    1. I’d say about 2 days ahead, but keep in the fridge until ready to serve! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  48. I just love your photos and this recipe! I’ve been eyeing it for a while and now I’ve found to perfect opportunity to bake it! I will have to adjust for the peanut butter frosting because of friends with nut allergies, so I am thinking of adding just a hint of coffee powder to the frosting instead. I am just wondering: I have never used this many cacao powder in a cake before. Won’t it make the cake very bitter?

    1. Hi! I like to use Hersey’s cocoa powder, which will make the perfect cake! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  49. 5 stars
    I made this cake for my Halloween party. It was amazing! Very decadent. I was expecting a big mess when serving it, but it wasn’t. Everyone enjoyed it! Thanks.

  50. What’s the consistency of the caramel sauce supposed to be after boiling the second time (I.e., for 10-15 minutes). Is it funnier and then will thicken, or should have most of the moisture evaporated , leaving a thick sauce pre-cool?

    1. Hi Hannah! The sauce should thicken, but be pourable. It will thickens a little as it cools. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe. Thank you! 🙂

  51. Looks like an AMAZING cake, I am having real trouble with converting the American measurements in cups into British measurements, there are really big differences on the conversion charts from cups to grams. Could you help me out with this?

    1. Hi Sophia! I am so happy you’re loving this cake, thank you!
      I do use an online calculator to convert, so I will link the one that I think will help you best! It converts all measurements for you pretty easily. I hope this helps, but if it doesn’t just let me know and I will try to help you out further!

      https://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/cooking/

      1. That’s great! thanks for the link. Just gearing myself up for a baking extravaganza and total sugar overload…every Wednesday needs this!

  52. Hello! I can’t wait to make this cake for a Halloween dinner party. Quick question – my refrigerator can’t fit the cake in it with the apples and branches poking out. Is the last refrigeration of 30 minutes to set the caramel necessary? Or can I place the caramel apples to the side and place them on later? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah! I do recombined putting this in the fridge. It helps set the caramel and keep the cake together. Can you store the cake and apples separately and then assemble just before serving? Hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thank you! ?

  53. So excited to try and make this cake this weekend!! Quick question, I only have one cake pan.. does the baking temp or time change if I do one layer at a time in the oven?
    Thank you for this recipe!!

    1. Hi Mia! The baking temp or time should not change. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thank you! ?

  54. 5 stars
    My sister recently passed away suddenly from cancer. At her Memorial we had a pot luck and I knew I needed something that was a “show-stopper”. I found this recipe which not only looks stunning, but has all of my late sister’s favorites. Thank-you so much for sharing the recipe, I know my sister was smiling down on us.

    1. Hey Ken,
      I am so sorry to hear that your sister passed away. I hope you and your family are all doing alright.
      I am really glad you found this recipe, though. Thank you!

  55. Hi ! Im making the cake now and all went sell until I put the chocolate on top. In melted everything away … I coolt it down for 5 a 10 min … should I wait longer? I love all the flavors already and I’m exited to see him tomorrow.

    1. HI! Jill! I would wait until the caramel is cool enough to touch with your hands. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! 🙂

  56. I made this cake last week for my dad’s birthday! Needless to say it was a huge hit. ?it’s delicious and so pretty with enough going on to leave you with serious bragging rights ?

    1. Sure! You can use an equal amount of butter. Let me know if you have questions and I hope you love recipe! 🙂

  57. I’m hosting BUNCO in November and this will be my showstopper at the midway break. I found your answer about coffee over apple cider. I’m not a coffee drinker, but am willing to try it. Is there a strong coffee taste? Also, can I use cake flour or does it have to be AP?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jill! No the coffee will not leave much of a taste at all and yes, cake flour will be great! 🙂 Let me know if you have questions. Enjoy the cake!

  58. wah!!! what a lovely cske!!! Its decoration as well as its tasteis also very nice. Thanks!!!

  59. I am confused, didn’t the original recipe have 1.5 cups of applesauce? I came to reprint because my copy got messy, and noticed the applsauce is gone from the ingredient list. I have made this several times as a cake and cupcakes and it was always amazing with the applesauce.

    1. Hi Michele, I am so sorry for the confusion. I recently switched my recipes layouts and some of the recipes did not properly transfer. There is apple sauce in the cake! I will fix the recipe now. Thank you for letting me know!

  60. How much applesauce do we use for this cake? I don’t see it in the ingredient list. And I searched through all the comments and no one else mentioned this. Maybe the ingredient list has changed.

    I made it anyway, since I was taking it to work on Monday and already had the other ingredients — using 1 cup of applesauce. The cake layers sunk a little in the center, but not much. But I would like to know how much is the correct amount in case I make it again.

    The cake came out great otherwise. The peanut butter frosting was great and the caramel sauce worked fine, although next time I will use all corn syrup. I didn’t care for the honey taste (used half honey and half corn syrup).

    Thanks.

    1. I am so sorry for the confusion. I recently switched my recipes layouts and some of the recipes did not properly transfer. There is apple sauce in the cake! I will fix the recipe now. Thank you for letting me know!

  61. This looks amazing, like, perfekt for my sister’s birthday, which is coming up!
    I was wondering, when making the caramel, can I substitute the bourbon and cider? Preferably with something non-alcoholic.

    1. Hey! So the cider does not have alcohol, but you can use apple juice if needed. Just omit the bourbon. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this! 🙂

      1. Wow!!!!
        You were not kidding, when you noted this cake is not for beginners… but so. worth. it! My sister loved it and so did everyone else, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted. Will be making this again!!!! Thank you ?

  62. I’m making this for Thanksgiving. I baked the cakes today. They look so yummy!!!! Do you think I could frost the cake today put in the fridge? Then do the ganache tomorrow and refrigerate over night? Then the last caramel sauce the morning of Thanksgiving? So over the course of 3 days. The caramel sauce would have to sit out on the counter for 2 nights? Does this sound okay? Thank you!! Can’t wait for the finished product and to eat it off course!!!!

    1. Hey Chelsie! Yes, frosting the cake works great! It is best to have the cake chilled when you pout the caramel and ganache. The caramel will be fine on the counter. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this cake! Thanks!

  63. I’m gonna make this again for Thanksgiving. Now I know what I am doing. ? This time I will make sunflower seed butter since we have some peanut allergic people in the family. Or is there something that will taste better? Unsalted, I presume? And I will try to remember to take a photo BEFORE everybody has attacked it!

    1. Hey Laura! I think sunflower seed butter will be great. Let me know if you have any questions at all. Hope the cake is a huge it! 🙂

  64. I think we all just died when we saw this cake. One question about peanut butter… what exactly do you mean? I only use organic peanut butter, but I can get no stir which doesn’t have all the oil on the top. Would that be ok? I refuse to use JIF or any brand with hydrogenated oil.

    1. Ha, I forgot I changed that part. I used Trader Joe’s Natural PB and it is the crunchy kind, it does get stirred just when you open the jar. It worked just fine. Maybe there were tiny granules of peanuts but I think that made it better. I don’t remember noticing any though.

  65. This cake is everything!!! All the flavours work so well together. It’s easy to make but like the recipe says it does need some TLC and a lot of time to chill. The room temperature was too warm for my frosting and it was pouring out of the layers. So I did it twice – rough cover first and then freezer and then again to cover all the gaps and that worked. My caramel turned out to be on a runny side so the top layer is a bit transparent and thin rather than nice and thick like on the pictures but it doesn’t really matter as it tastes divine. Thank you xoxo

  66. Ha ha, I am allowing myself to get agitated too soon. I stuck the caramel in the freezer and it has attained a consistency similar to what it looks like in your pouring video. So never mind. ? Sorry! Made the frosting and now to start putting it all together!

      1. Hum, the caramel thickened, I made the frosting, assembled, made the ganache, all was well…waited the 5 minutes, applied to top with the nice drips, put in fridge. When I looked at it the sides were collapsing. I stuck it in the freezer to halt this and when it stabilized, back to fridge. Left it overnight, feeling sad. I will not have that nice multi layer drippy edge thing and the side edges are not vertical. Looks bad. Guessing that there should’ve been additional time for cake to firm up before adding ganache?

        1. The end of the story: I wasn’t gonna get beat by some cake! In the morning I sawd off the collapsed edges, making them vertical again. I made a little more frosting and refrosted the sides. Stuck cake in freezer until frosting was really hard. Made more ganache and when cool, applied it to the top’s edge and pushed it over here and there to get the drips. Back to the freezer. Continued the recipe as shown. Back to freezer. The cake was firm enough to transport it over bumpy New Jersey roads for an hour. Stuck on the apples at destination. Cake defrosted while we had dinner and then we ate it until we were borderline ill. Then I remembered to take a photo which really looks like Cookie Monster. Where can I send it to you? ?

  67. OK I am making the caramel sauce now and am not happy. It is too runny. I cooked it longer, to reduce the amount of liquid, being careful not to let the temp exceed 210°F. Now I stuck the cup of it in the fridge to see if cooling makes it thicker but it is not looking good! Tell me something quick!! ☹️️

  68. Hello, trying to make this cake and made the caramel last night but it seemed to separate when cooling. Any idea what I might have done wrong or how to fix it??

  69. Making this beautiful creation for my daughter in laws B-day. Can’t wait to hear the cheers. Thank you so much.

  70. I just poured caramel and put apples on. I can’t wait to taste it! Yours is gorgeous! Mine not as gorgeous but not too bad for a novice. Fingers crossed it tastes just as good as it looks? Thanks for sharing!

  71. I think I’m gonna make this cake later this week. It looks and sounds fabulous! Wish me luck. What size flame should I have when doing the caramel sauce? I am a little nervous about this part of the recipe.

      1. Thank you for this info. I baked the cakes last night and will freeze them until Friday when I will continue.

  72. I made this cake twice! I actually did it! The first time was a “practice” run and the second was for a fall party that I have each year. I bake a lot and wouldn’t consider myself a novice and I also am a decent candy maker, and I found this cake to be a bit challenging. The first one was pretty good and the second one was fantastic. It got lots of compliments and several requests for the bakery’s name where I got it. Surprised several to find out that I made it. The cake is delicious and oooey gooey and decadent. The biggest trouble that I had was with the caramel topping. The first time it was a bit runny and I had a hard time getting it to stay on the cake until it set. The second time I cooked it a little longer and let it cool almost completely before putting in on the cake and it set beautifully. The caramel also had an absolutely wonderful flavor. I may not ever make this cake again, but it was a lot of fun and put me to the test. Great recipe! Thank you!

  73. Making the salted caramel apple cake. Your directions read to bring the caramel to a boil and then boil 10-15 minutes to get to 210. Boiling is 212 so curious where the typo is. Thanks.

  74. Question – would this dessert be able to sit at room temperature for several hours? I’m debating making this for a dessert auction, because WOW!, but it has to sit out for a while during the auction. 🙂

    1. Hey Melanie! Yes, you can leave the cake at room temp for a few hours, but I would not let it sit out more than 4 or 5. Please let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

  75. Tieghan,

    I have to say that I JUST finalized this incredible salted-caramel apple snickers cake and, if it tastes as amazing as it looks, then my guests will be in for a big treat.

    Like others, I had trouble with the caramel getting firm, but my husband told me to add more sugar and it worked like a dream. That homemade caramel is incredible. I can’t wait to taste the rest of the cake. I PROMISE to post a picture of my homage to you on Instagram. xoxo for sharing your talent.

  76. Any thoughts or suggestions on a different frosting for us? We have a nut allergy and although we could use sunbutter (sunflower butter…think sunflower seeds made into peanut butter like consistency) all of our family aren’t fans.

    1. Hey Bethany!! You can just omit the peanut butter from the recipe or us sunflower seed butter, which I think would be great! Let me know if you have questions. Thank you!

  77. One last question…my caramel seems “grainy”…do you think it might be the cider curdled the cream a little bit? I’ve made plain caramels before that were smoother…just wondering! I over worked my ganache so it’s quite thick but oh, so tasty! Just waiting to cool and then I can pour! Thanks for the inspiration!

      1. I did but I’ll do it more next time and looking back I don’t thing I added the cream slow so that could have been it. I had to bring the temp up to about 240 to pour all drippy, gooey and now I have a cake that I have to wait until dessert tonight to eat! It turned out amazing!!! Except for the ganache I overworked 🙂 I’ll take pics later (it’s a surprise cake so I can’t post anything yet)

        Next, that spider webby cake extravaganza!!!!!

    1. Haha super happy you got it! Thanks so much Melissa, I hope it turns out awesome! Let me knoe if you hav any other questions!

  78. Hi, I’m in the middle of making this cake & in the frosting ingredient list you have 1/2 c. Heavy cream but then don’t mention the cream in the frosting directions. Do I add the cream when mixing the frosting?

      1. How do you not shovel all of the snickers icing into your face????? 🙂

        The one thing I would suggest (as I am an over-froster) is an approximate measurement of how much to put on each layer…..Just as a guideline….on the 2nd layer! But this is the easy part…it’s the caramel that will be a little finicky for me…we have a long history 🙂

  79. This cake is INCREDIBLE. Pinned and waiting for Halloween to make it 😉 One question though. I was thinking about adding a bit of pumpkin to the cake, do you think it would work? Maybe 1/4 cup or so, not much, just so there’s a very faint pumpkin flavour? Do you think it would work? Do you think I should take out an ingredient of I decide to do that?

    1. Hey Natalia! If you add 1/4 cup pumpkin, just use 1/4 cup less applesauce. let me know if you have questions. Thanks and enjoy the cake! 🙂

  80. Hello,

    what a beauty is this! I will try to make it for my grandma’s 90th birthday next Saturday. I am not used to work with Caramel so I hope it works out, but I love to have some baking challenge, so I am going to try it. I come from the Netherlands and I believe Apple cider is in the Netherlands not the same as in America and I don’t think I can find the American version. Do you think I can use Apple juice instead?

      1. Sorry, yes I think apple juice will work. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you! 🙂

  81. I have an apple themed dinner party I need to make dessert for. Would you say the apple comes through in this cake? I’m afraid it will be totally masked by he chocolate and peanut butter. But I really want an excuse to make it!!

    1. Hey Christina!! So the cake is very much chocolate and the apple flavor really only come through when you get a bite of the caramel apples. Too kind of up to you, but if you ask me, it counts as apple themed for sure! ? let me know if you have other questions. Thanks!

  82. Hello! I’ve made this amazing cake before and planned on making it again for a party- the only issue is someone had a nut allergy. Do you have any suggestions or alternatives for the frosting? Thank you!

  83. I have just discovered this blog…I have just discovered this cake…I think I have died…I am going to read the “bleep” out of your blog and make every darn thing here! You are certainly my inspiration!

    1. Haha I am SO SO happy you are loving my blog and recipes! It honestly puts a huge smile on my face hearing that. Thanks so much Julie, I hope you continue to enjoy!!

  84. These are the most amazing cake pictures I have ever seen! I could just feel the salty caramel snickery chocolate taste while reading the post. Love that you have included apples and cinnamon as well! Always a good combination!

  85. I was supposed to make this cake last year in the fall but it never happened. THIS TIME THOUGH I WILL. I’ll have to put it down in my Calendar for October.

  86. Omg! I wish I could post a pic of my attempt (obviously not as good as yours but came close haha) soooooooo freaking good! ….now I feel sick cause I couldn’t stop eating it! x

  87. Holy heaven! To be totally honest, those pictures make me want to take a sick day from work right now so I can go home and make this ASAP. Totally, completely divine!

  88. Made this for thanksgiving and my family practically fainted. Nobody wanted to cut into it! I was so proud of myself and there wasn’t any left over 🙂

  89. I made this for a Thanksgiving brunch and had a line of people salivating as I cut it! I made 1 1/2 times the recipe and used a 10 inch cake pan. I ended up using only two of the layers but then slicing them in half lengthwise so I had four shorter layers. I made double the peanut butter frosting. It was delicious!! Like others I found that the caramel thickened over time, I would suggest leaving it for much longer than the 15-20 min. You can always heat it back up if it gets too thick, but I don’t think it will. I’ve also got extra caramel sauce in a jar and can’t wait to use it!

  90. My caramel is not getting thick and when it sits it’s separating. Not sure what I’ve done wrong… could it be that I just need to boil it longer?

    1. HI Samantha, I think you probably just need to let the caramel sit and cool longer. Maybe a few hours or overnight if possible. Sorry for the trouble!

  91. Made to this for Thanksgiving tomorrow, excited to taste it! A good note to readers, the second caramel thickens as it cools. Just be patient and it will look like the photos! Trust the process !

  92. Hi! I really want to make this cake. It looks amazing! I know this is silly because desset is dessert, but I’m afraid of it coming out too sweet. Is there anyway or reducing the sweetness of the cake batter without messing up the recipe? Or do you think it actually balances itself out and that won’t be necessary?

    1. Hey Chari!!!

      I always reduce the sugar in my cake batters, so I don’t recommend reducing it anymore. The cake is sweet, but I think it work perfect they way it is written. That said, you can add less caramel to the cake itself and that will reduce the sweetness. Hope you love the cake, let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  93. Hello there!! I will be making this cake for thanksgiving!!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!!!

    I am a little scared to attempt to caramel with all the comments i have seen, but i will give it a shot…..
    I do have a question however. You stated “Place sugar, honey, bourbon and apple cider in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, boil, without stirring, 9 minutes or until light golden in color. Add the heavy cream, butter, vanilla, and SALT, slowly stirring into pan. Boil for 10-15 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 210 degrees F., stirring frequently. Remove the sauce from heat and add the SALT.”

    you state to add the salt to the caramel 2 different times, but on the ingredients list for the caramel you only list salt once? Do I divide the salt, add half the first time and half the second? Or was this a mistake? Or am I just having a blonde moment and confused 🙂

    Thank you again for this recipe! I hope I can do it justice and pray my caramel comes out right 🙂

    1. Hi Justine!!

      The extra salt was a mistake. Just add it at the end. I will fix the recipe now. Let me know if you have any other questions. Hope the cake is a hit!!! Tieghan! 🙂
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  94. Thank you for this amazing recipe!!! I just completed it for my grandson’s 10th birthday party this evening and it looks fabulous–oh, my. Wish I could post a picture of it.

  95. I’m attempting to make this cake and everything is turning out accept for the caramel sauce. It seems very thin. I let it set overnight too. Can I try boiling it longer to thicken or do I have to start over?

    1. Hi Tina!

      Sorry for the trouble. Yes, just boil the sauce longer until you feel it looks right. That will solve the issue of the sauce being thin. Let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love the cake!

  96. Hi Tieghan!

    I just finished Day 1 of making this cake and omg it is amazing but so much work. I think the frosting is literally one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I hate to cover it up tomorrow!

    Anyway, I was just reading over the steps for finishing the cake tomorrow and have a question about how you balance putting the apples on the cake (with sticks) and then putting it in the refrigerator? I know my fridge doesn’t have room for those!

    Thanks for any advice!

    1. Hey Sloane,

      Honestly, I would just leave the stick off and then add them before serving if you really want the sticks in the cake. Let me know if you have other questions. THANKS!

  97. made this this last halloween. was a huge hit! and i felt so proud after completing it, especially with everyone raving about it the rest of the vacation. i added a little less cream after reading some people mention thin caramel. i also cooked it for longer both times, and kept it around 225F for a few minutes. it was still a little thin for apple dipping but that wasn’t on my agenda so it was perfect for over top the cake.

  98. This looks so amazing- would you recommend making this the night before or morning of to bring for thanksgiving dinner?

    1. HI Colleen, make this the night before or even the two days before thanksgiving. It really needs time to chill in the fridge. Let me know of you have any other questions. Thanks!

  99. Hey!
    I made the cake and it was amazing!!! A bit messy but that seems to be just my way of cooking 😉 The link below takes you to my page where I have all the photos and a link to your recipe page!! Hope you take a look!
    Thanks for the fun recipe!!
    http://emilysardor.com/blogging

    XOXO,
    Emily’s Ardor

  100. Just had a question
    I made the caramel sauce, but for some reason it is insanely thin and runny. How do I thicken it up?
    Everything else is amazing! You’re a pro!

    1. Hey Tara!! Just place it back on the stove and boil it for 10 minutes or until it seems thick enough. Not that the caramel will thicken as it cools.

      And thank yoU!! You are so sweet, hope the cake is a hit! 🙂

  101. I made this cake a couple weeks ago for a fall cookout with friends. It was a huge hit! Not only did it look good, but it tasted sinfully delicious! I did not add the apples, but it still looked gorgeous!

  102. I made this as cupcakes, and it was super delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!
    A few notes about cupcakes, in case anyone else wants to go this route.
    -I only wanted 12 cupcakes, so I only did 1/3 of the cake recipe, and it worked nicely.
    -I halved the frosting recipe, and it made just the right amount of frosting for the typical amount of frosting found on cupcakes. I think it was quite a generous amount for each.
    -I opted to not do any caramel apples, so I did only a 1/4th of the caramel recipe. Because of the reduced ingredients, the caramel cooked far faster than the recipe describes. I would greatly suggest using a candy thermometer to make sure you don’t overcook the caramel. I purely went by temperature instead of time, so it all worked out for me. (It’s amazingly delicious, btw!! It’s my new go to caramel recipe!).
    -If you opt to do the caramel apples, I would suggest just halving the caramel recipe for 12 cupcakes. (and serve with just a slice of apple on top of each cupcake)
    -For putting it all together, I followed advice from another comment and poked holes in the cupcakes, and then put a layer of the caramel on. Then, I put on the frosting, followed by the ganache. After that, I put on another layer of caramel and then the peanuts.
    -I have some advice about topping with caramel as well- It tends to run off of the cupcakes, and after sitting in the fridge for a while, I noticed most fell to the bottom of the container I had the cupcakes in. The liners were all soaked with it, too. I ended up just scooping it back up, but I would suggest waiting until serving to top with the final caramel and peanuts.

    Awesome recipe! Hope others are successful in making this as well. 🙂

  103. Hi, I am in the process of making this amazing cake, and I was wondering if it is a very dense and shallow cake?? Almost like a Texas sheet cake? Thanks in advance!

  104. I made this tonight, boy what a mess! The cake has such a good flavor though, so will keep the recipie on hand for future use. I’m sure my coworkers will gobble it up despite the poor presentation!

  105. Hi, i thought i already sent this message but i can’t find it on here, so sorry if i actually have.

    For the salted caramel sauce it says 1 cup butter. Is this normal butter? As in salted? And does 1 cup mean softened butter like for the frosting? If it’s not softened how is it measured out?

    Sorry for all the questions, i want this perfect for my Mum’s birthday on the weekend. Thank you. 🙂

    1. HI Hannah!!

      Yes, I did use salted butter and 1 cup equals 16 tablespoons, the butter can be cold or at room temp. make sense? Let me know if you have other questions. Thanks!

  106. This cake is just simply WOW and I am hoping I can do it justice. I plan on making it for a Halloween party this Friday. I am going to start tomorrow! I am however a little worried about the caramel given the comments. So I wondered if I could cheat a little and use Kraft Caramels? I have used them before for caramel apples but wondered if it would work here. Should I add some cream? Some bourbon? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for a super post!

    1. Amy! I think that will work. I would just add cream until the sauce is just thin enough to drizzle, I am thinking around 1/3-1/2 cup for 1 bag of caramels. and then for the apples just make them as directed by kraft. Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Halloween! 🙂

      1. This cake is so beautiful and it looks dilicious, i wan’t to bake it for a kids halloweenparty but dont want to use alcohol so can i use appeljuice instead?
        compliments for your great cake!!!

        1. You can use cider in place of the bourbon, according to Teghan’s reply to Tracy on Nov. 23, 2014. The taste of bourbon does come through (nicely!), so I’d recommend replacing it if serving to children.

  107. This cake is just simply amazing and I am hoping to make it for a Halloween party this Friday. I plan on starting tomorrow! I am however a l

  108. Made this cake for our “Ladies Night Out Halloween Dinner.” It was a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it. I used fake spiderwebs and a spider and draped it through the top of the twigs to make it more spooky! Fun cake thanks for the recipe!

  109. Sugar COMA!!! No just kidding (well almost) – my daughter and I made this for our annual Halloween birthday dinner and HOLY COW we got the reactions we hoped for. When brought the cake to the table we were greeted with GASPS of pure delight. The cake looked exactly like you pictured on your blog (Divine) even down to the branches in the apples. This cake would easily fee 20 people since a small slice is all you can eat before landing in a sugar coma requiring an insulin intervention. It was a total success and the apples were also enjoyed that night too. One small glitch as I noted form another comment, my caramel never got thick either. I will try again and feel sure it was baker error and not recipe error. I opted for a can of salted caramel frosting I had on hand and it worked just fine in a pinch. Don’t worry – the other sauce made from the recipe will go great over coffee ice cream at a later date! I love your blog and also make the Autumn Pot Pie for this dinner too! What rave reviews I received for this birthday celebration. Thanks so much for your creative culinary skills!

  110. Final cake in the frig. For my next attempt can you help me with..
    * initially caramel too thin? Should I cool the caramel prior to putting in the frosting?
    * should I chill the frosting prior to putting on cake
    * chocolate ganache. Mine was so thick. Overlooked? Perhaps heating at 50% power for 30 seconds

    As my initial caramel was too thin I boiled the 2nd caramel for the full 20 min reaching 225 degrees but it got too gooey.

    I can’t wai

    1. HI!!

      Yes, allow the caramel to cool before adding it to the frosting, but I would not chill the frosting before frosting the cake as it will be hard to spread if the frosting is cold. If your ganache was too thick, just add cream to thin. I don’t think you overcooked it, but if you are worried about that than, yes cook on 50% power until melted. Let me know if you have ANY other questions. Hope the cake is a HUGE success! 🙂

  111. I made this cake for my family at our Halloween dinner. It was amazing. I can’t say enough about every flavor in each layer. The cake amazing, the frosting is one I will use on many cakes, the ganach perfect and the Carmel was best I ever made.
    Thank you for such an amazing recipe. It’s worth every step.

  112. Love this cake! Just made my 1st attempt and my caramel and frosting was way too thin and runny but it is frisked and in the frig. My guess is the caramel didn’t hit the mark…it is fairly humid here today so that could be the issue. When I was cooking the caramel I followed the directions to the tee. After adding the cream, butter etc my thermometer got to 210 within 5 minutes but I let it cook until 12 min (213). The frosting was just not fluffy and I think this was the caramel? Would it help to stick the reserve caramel in the frig before incorporating into the frosting? You mentioned putting caramel on the cake then refrigeration prior to frosting? Did you also put the frosting in the frig too?

    Thank you in advance for our advise as I want the to be my Thanksgiving Centerpiece!

    By the way.. The flavors are amazing.. Just looks a mess 🙂

    1. HI!

      So I did not put the frosting in the fridge, but I did allow the caramel to cool before I added it to the frosting, did you do this? I am not %100 sure as to what exactly you did or are asking, but let me know what I can help with!! Hope we can get it just right for you! Thanks!!

  113. Have you used butter instead of canola oil in the cake mix before? I usually like to use butter in my recipes, but I do have a few that butter just won’t give the same result as oil when you make it. I want to try this but I don’t want to mess it up putting butter in if it won’t work well.

    1. Hi Sara,

      I have not because I personally think canola oil works best for cakes, BUT if you like butter that will be fine. Enjoy the cake!

  114. What type of bourbon did you use? I’m going to attempt this cake next week so working on my grocery list!

    Also, this might be a dumb question but how did you clear enough space in your fridge to put the cake with the twigs sticking up top?!? Did you add the apples on top when you pulled it out to serve? I have a commercial grade fridge with tons of room but I would have to remove all my shelves to clear enough height for this beauty! (It would be worth doing that too, I’m sure!)

    1. HI!!

      So I just moved out some shelves, but you can totally just add the apples to the top of the cake after it chills if that is easier for you. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love the cake! 🙂

  115. I can’t wait to try this recipe this year with all of the Halloween festivities coming up! The chocolate cake and the caramel look so delicious!

  116. Just made this for a little girls’ birthday Halloween extravaganza in cupcake form (Minus the bourbon of course) I had so much fun and cannot wait to try the “real” thing in the coming weeks. They may be messy but they are super cute and perfectly sized for kids.

  117. This cake looked amazing and I decided I wanted to make it for my 40th birthday! I’m in the process of making it now (waiting for cakes to cool a bit more and frosting to stiffen a bit), but had some issues with the caramel cooking way too quickly. I let it boil for the 9 minutes then added the cream/butter/etc, but thought I had to boil for another 10-15 on top of that. I only got to 4 minutes before it started to burn a bit, and when I added the candy thermometer it went to 230 degrees! I guess it was only supposed to be cooked for an additional 3-6 after that first 9 minutes? Or I should have turned the heat down?

    I also had trouble with the caramel hardening too much while I put the rest of the frosting together and it was like taffy consistency when I tried to add it (microwaving didn’t help). I made do with some salted caramel flavored syrup and squeezable caramel topping and am hopping I’ll be able to get the rest of it to liquidify again tomorrow to cover the cake. Planning to use the double boiler method as I had to get it out of the burned saucepan already. If not, maybe I’ll have to make a new batch of caramel all together when I’m ready to pour it.

    Will return with a link to a pic of the finished product and some guest feedback! 😉

    1. HI!! The extra 10-15 minutes is for after you drizzled the caramel on the cake. You then take the remaining caramel and boil it so you can dip the apples. Sorry for the trouble. Hope the cake is a hit! 🙂

      1. Oh I actually meant this part:

        “Bring to a boil, boil, without stirring, 9 minutes or until light golden in color. Add the heavy cream, butter, vanilla, and salt, slowly stirring into pan. Boil for 10-15 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 210 degrees F., stirring frequently.”

        After the 9 minutes, I added the cream/butter etc. but it only took 3-4 more minutes after that to get up to 230 degrees. No matter though, I worked it out and everyone enjoyed it! Posted a link to a picture in a comment down thread. Thanks!

  118. All I have to say is WOW. I made this cake and everyone who had it loved it. I tastes like you are eating the best snickers bar ever. It is definitely a once or twice a year treat because of how rich and time consuming it is, but well worth it.

  119. WOW! This cake was a lot of work and mine didn’t look nearly as good as yours but my guests at my #FizzyPartyFallHarvest party (found on Instagram) LOVED it! They all mmmm’d over it as they ate it. And my co-worker friends who couldn’t make the party said, “You ARE bringing in left-overs RIGHT??!!”
    Mine would have looked better if I let my caramel cool a little longer. I admit, I got impatient. It still tasted amazingly good.

  120. Hi there – my husband is gluten intolerant, and I was wondering if you know which gluten-free flour (such as corn/buckwheat/tapioca) would work best for this recipe? I really want to give it a go for our Halloween party, but with his recent celiac diagnosis, finding the right mix of flour can be hit/miss.

    Thanks! PS: FREAKING GORGEOUS CAKE.

    1. HI!

      I am not gluten free, so I really do not know. I would use whatever you typically have success with. Sorry I could not help more!

      Tieghan

  121. I am in the process of making this beautiful cake. It is time consuming as I started yesterday afternoon and just now putting the chocolate ganache on to make sure it all stayed together.
    I had a problem with the assembly of cake to caramel to frosting though. It was not possible to use 1 cup of caramel over the layers of cake as it just dripped right off and then it was impossible to frost immediately after the caramel was too wet to spread the frosting.
    I ended up getting as much as I could between layers and refrigerated the cake to get cold and then was able to frost the remainder of the cake. I’m not sure what I did wrong or should do differently next time.
    Oh yes! If this taste half as amazing as it it looks – there will be a next time!

    1. Hi Patricia!!

      You actually did everything correct and just the way I made my cake. I also placed my cake in the fridge after adding the caramel. I will say you may not have needed to add the full cup of caramel if you felt like it was a bit too much. I would do everything the same next time, maybe just a little less caramel if desired. Hope the cake is a HUGE it! TAHNK YOU!

  122. I am in love with this recipe! I’m definitely going to make this for my Halloween/Birthday party cause there’s everything I love incorporated: chocolate, caramel, and caramel apples!❤️

  123. I saw in a magazine where they used granny smith apples (they won’t darken) and a melon baller to make tiny apples. Perhaps not as cute as whole apples, but will not be as heavy. I love the twigs as sticks. did you clean them a special way before putting them in apple? I cannot wait to make this cake!

  124. Can you please publish the Calorie, Carb/Sugar and Fat content per serving? Just want to make sure this is not the total diabetic explosion it appears to be…

  125. Thank you for this post! I am on my second round of caramel but going it goes better this time. A note about the caramel though, I didn’t realize I was almost out of vanilla and when it came time to add it to the caramel, I ran out! I substituted almond extract and it add such a unique flavor that I may do it on purpose this time. Can wait to try this! I am making mine in smaller cake pans so I can share the love with a few friends who decided I needed to make this. Thanks again!

    1. Not stupid and not too hard. Just make the cake into around 32 cupcakes. Thank pokes holes in the cupcakes and drizzle with caramel. Add the frosting and if you have them, tiny caramel apples and sliced apple wedges dipped in caramel. Does that help?

  126. I am definitely going to try this one on the family at Thanksgiving. I call them my “guinea pigs” with new recipes. I will follow up with the thumbs up or thumbs down. I’m pretty sure a thumbs up will be the outcome. 🙂

  127. If the cake has to be transported (or if worried about sliding/collapsing in general), longer twigs that are measured to pierce through the apples and (carefully) through all the ooey~gooey layers of the cake, as is done for “tall cakes” using wooden dowels or other supplies used for tall cakes. The caramel would have to be poured over apples since longer twig gets in the way of dipping, but much easier to get around that than to lose stability and have the cake slide. This is such a fun recipe! *I love fun food*

  128. I think i will be making this for my Mum’s birthday. It’s a dress up party and she’s dressing up medieval and the decorations are going to be really leafy with fairy lights.. i think this will match perfectly. Thanks so much. 🙂

  129. Okay so I have never responded on a food blog before….but after making this cake last night I had to!! This cake wasn’t an easy one, and somewhat pricey but the most fun cake I’ve ever baked and definitely worth the effort! Every layer has amazing flavor and texture…what an unusual combination…you have a gift! Who would have thought to combine chocolate, applesauce, coffee and allspice! Kudos to you girl….this will be a family favorite and I so appreciate you taking the time and the effort on this one!!

  130. I think I’d like to try this for Thanksgiving this year (Which is in October in Canada, so still in time for the whole candy theme ;D ) the thing is … my husband absolutely won’t have anything to do with apples. Obviously I’ll leave off the caramel apple decorations, but what can I use to substitute the apple sauce? Sadly, I love him too much to lie to him about.

  131. Hi, I have been wanting to this cake since I first saw the photos last Fall. I do have a question though. In the last set of instructions under ‘To Finish’, the last line in the first paragraph says to “line a baking sheet with wax paper’. What is this step for?

    Thanks

  132. I am just now seeing this and I guess it would be a great Halloween cake but it would make a great fall centerpiece dessert.

  133. Thank you for your help. All turned out fantastic. The cake was a huge success. Think it will be the talk of the party.

  134. My son would like this cake for his 18th. How many will it serve. Do you think I could use rectangle baking trays to make it longer with only 2 layers? Freaking out. He could have picked an easier one. How long in advance can you make the cake layers and store in the fridge? If you change the bourbon to anything else what would you suggest and are the quantities the same? Any help would be great and very appreciated. Thank you. Yvette (big fan)

    1. HI!! I have persanly never tried making a rectangle cake, but I think that making this in two 9×14 inch pans would be fine, but the baking times will be just a little different, so be sure to check for doneness before you take them out of them oven. It is best to make the cake 1-2 days in advance so it has time to stiffen and chill in the fridge, other wise the caramel makes the cake very unsturdy. You can use 1 cup apple cider or just 1 cup water. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope the cake turns out great for you!!

  135. This is the most eye-catching cake I have ever seen. The pictures are amazing and the description makes me melt!
    Thank you for sharing this creative recipe.
    I have a question please..
    I don’t use liquor and we don’t have apple cider here. So for the caramel sauce, what should I replace the bourbon and apple cider with?
    Waiting for your reply 🙂
    Thanks again ♡

  136. Everything went well except when i was preparing the caramel sauce for pouring onto the cake, i wouldn’t thicken at all. How could i fix that?

  137. Okay. So I made this cake. And it smelled/looked amazing… for the most part. But I kinda mucked it up at the last minute.

    I was so close.

    I accidentally added too much caramel (which overflowed all over the cake) but managed to refrigerate it immediately – so that was fine. But then I covered the cake (which I thought wasn’t touching the cake) with a steel bowl & plate. But then this morning I found out it was. I tried to lift off the cover and half of the topping came off with it! I tried to salvage it but now half of the cake looks like a puzzle.

    I don’t know about the time difference but any pointers will help! I have about a half cup of caramel left in the fridge, should I just try and pour it on the broken pieces of hardened chocolate and caramel that have been assembled on top of half the cake? Ahhh. I feel so silly.

    I wish I could get it right on the first try always. The best part is (note the sarcasm) this is a cake for a birthday tonight.

  138. Hey, what are your reccomendations about making this cake in advance? im thinking about making it for my birthday but the day before. Would it dry out or what?

    1. No, that would be great! Just keep the cake in the fridge and it will be great! Hope you love this and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  139. I live in Hong Kong and I am so glad I came across your blog. My boyfriend saw this cake and had a huge smile on his face. No doubt he wants it for his birthday.
    Your recipes are mouth watering and I find myself wasting (no, no, usefully spending) hours on your blog. I have been baking for a few years now.
    I think what you do is brilliant. You should open up a restaurant. And if you do, I’ll fly down to try all your yummy dishes!

  140. Hi,
    This looks great. But it’s really hot where I am so I was wondering about a few things: 1. The frosting: is it very soft and doesn’t hold well? Does it “leak”/separate easily?
    2. We don’t get apple cider here, would apple juice (freshly squeezed in a juicer/juice extractor) work?
    3. I have 3 9” pans but they’re quite shallow. Is this cake one of those that rise by loads? So should I use deeper ones?
    4. Is the texture of the cake fairly dense because I don’t think I’ll get lightweight apples and don’t want it all sinking and caving in.
    5. I need to transport it for an hour and it’s 30°C weather. Do you recommend making this over 3 days? Or will it dry out too much? Does it taste better as it stands? Would have liked to make cakes on one day, do frosting, caramel and ganache on next, and then final caramel and transportation on the last to give enough chill time between all the steps?

    Sorry about the loads of questions! I’m super impressed and don’t want to mess up! 🙂

  141. It’s awesome in favor of me to have a site, which is good for my
    experience. thanks admin

  142. I’ve made your Snickers frosting twice now and wow so very good! I mean good like we eat every bite out of the bowl before putting it in the sink! I’ve made it with an apple and chocolate layered cake and then most recently with a chocolate stout cake. I layer with ganache and caramel and people LOVE it. It has brought so much joy and excitement when I serve it, thank you!

  143. Hey Tieghan,
    This recipe looks amazing. I finally found an occasion to make this cake: my boyfriend’s birthday! However, I do not have a ton of time at night, so I want to break the recipe into steps, and I plan on traveling with this cake for a couple of hours in the car.
    My plan: I was going to make the cake layers first, and then freeze them until I am ready to cover them with frosting. I was also going to make the caramel separately and then reheat it when I get to the place I am going and pour it over the cake. Let me know if you think this is okay. I have never made caramel before so I am a bit nervous.

    1. Hey Alisa,

      I think this is a good plan, but if you have never made caramel, I would try making that first so you know the recipe will work perfect for you. This will give you time to ask question and or adjust if needed. Let me know if you have any questions at all and I will try and answer them right away. Hope you love this cake!

  144. You state in the recipe for making the caramel sauce to boil it for 10 to 15 mins. or until it reaches 210 degrees F. The boiling point of any substance is 212 degrees F. I’m am making right now and going to follow the time instead of the temperature. I hope it works out, but it would like to know what the temp should be.

    1. hey Laura, It should be around 210 degrees F. if it is a littler higher or lower that is ok.
      Hope you love this!!

  145. 1 cup + 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee, hot (or warm apple cider)
    Salted Caramel
    I didn’t get 1 cup + 2tbsp coffee

  146. Cake is good but ran into issues with the caramel sauce. It was way too runny so in future use only 3/4 cup of cream and 4 tbsp of butter, cut sugar to 1 cup, and only 1/2 cup cider OR bourbon since with the cream this adds too much liquid to the sauce and not enough distinct flavor to warrant an extra cup of both. The caramel sauce was so runny I had to start again as no matter what it did not thicken. Looking at similar sauce recipes online told me that cutting the liquids made perfect sense and there was still enough for the whole cake.

    For the frosting I cut out the butter completely (I never use butter in my frostings) used a whole 8oz brick of cream cheese, 3/4 cup of peanut butter.

  147. Gosh, this cake is a friggen piece of art. OMG I can’t even….
    I think I overstarred at it hahaha. And now I have an unbearable desire to drop it all and go and make this cake RIGHT NOW!
    Thank u for this precious

  148. I made this cake for Thanksgiving. Not only was it impressive looking, but it tasted amazing. I was expecting it to be too sweet and rich, but it wasn’t. Next weekend I’m making some salted caramel brownies to use up the rest of my caramel. If it isn’t gone by that point, I’ll just eat it with a spoon. Thank you for posting this!

  149. Thank you for creating this symphony of deliciousness! I made this for thanksgiving dinner and despite some minor hiccups(i.e making caramel-which I’ve always been horrible at, and trying to ice with too warm icing) I was able to tweak it to this amazing duplicate of your creativity! Lots of OOOooos and AHHhhs! Happy Holidays!

  150. This looks outrages!! This cake replaces “all” other fabulous baking creations; man, this is a “wow” cake. Wonderful, thank you for sharing I will most definitely like to bake this prize winner. Have a grateful day.

  151. Hi! Saw this cake on tumblr and thought it looked amazing, so I made it for Thanksgiving. Everything was going great until it was time to do the final layer of caramel. I don’t have a candy thermometer so I had to guess, and I think I boiled it for too long because it ended up being too stiff. I poured it anyway and it might be too hard to cut, but at least the cake looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see how the finished product tastes tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

  152. Hi there. I’m making this for Thanksgiving and wondering if the first batch of caramel (the one cooked to 210) should be a little runny still? I’ve never made caramel so I’m not sure if it is supposed to be thick already, or if it will get to the consistency in your gif at 230 degrees. I do have to say that everything I have tasted along the way has been delicious and I cannot wait to taste the finished product. Amazing recipe!

    1. Hey Ryan! Yup, the first caramel should be a little runny. You are on the right rack! Let me know if you have any questions, hope you love the cake!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

      1. My first time making some things turn out to be challenges. I messed up the first batch of caramel, tried to ice the cake with icing that was too warm, and spilled my first batch of ganache all over my counter top. That being said, all of that meant nothing after finishing the cake! It was really, really good, and everyone loved it so much that I was volunteered to bring it to a Christmas gathering. I have a question about changing it up a little bit too. I’m not a huge peanut butter and peanut fan, so could I make an apple cinnamon flavored icing instead to go more along with the salted caramel apple theme?

        1. Hey Ryan!! UGH. So sorry you had some challenges, but so happy the cake turned out great! Yes, you can most definitely switch up the frosting to whatever you want. The apple cinnamon flavor sounds awesome.

          Thanks so much and let me know if you have any more questions.

  153. You take such beautiful food photographs! I’m a (new!) fan!

    I am in the process of making this cake. So far…the everything is turning out great! Planning on letting it set up overnight, then finishing tomorrow for Turkey Day. 🙂 My question is, how cool does the caramel need to be before pouring it over the cake at the end? I’m worried about melting the chocolate when I pour it on.

  154. Hi, I will definitely be following you after seeing this mastermind cake! 🙂 Amazing and I’m excited to try it out! Question: what bourbon do you use? I’ve never cooked or used bourbon before, so this is new to me. Also, what coffee brand did you use as well?

  155. I am making this cake for Thanksgiving, I am having a horrible time getting the caramel to thicken. I have made caramel before and have not had this problem. I used 1/2 bourbon and 1/2 apple juice. I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. I am on my second batch and the same thing happened. It taste great…..I even added corn starch as suggested on line. Any suggestions? Cake layers came out perfect!

    Brenda

    1. Hey Brenda! I am so sorry you are having trouble with the caramel. Have you tried boiling it longer and then allowing it so cool and thicken?? Caramel is so tricky and it seems to work for some an not others.

    2. I had the same problem, but I just kept adding a little sugar to the sauce, just a tablespoon or two at a time, and I let it boil for a really long time. If you end up starting over, maybe cut down the cream just a little bit (by 1/4 – 1/2 cup or so). You can always add it if it’s looking too thick. That worked for me!!

  156. I love caramel, and I cannot wait to try this recipe. (All the recipes, actually. I’m deciding how to eat my way through your blog!) I really want to try this cake, but I am very allergic to peanut everything. Do you think I could use soy butter or something of similar consistency? Thanks!

    1. Hey Meagan, I think any nut butter would work great. I have never tried soy butter, but if it is similar to the consistency of peanut butter and you like it, I would go for it! Hope you love this and please let me know if you have any questions.
      Thanks so much for the kind words!!

  157. Okay so I totally want to make this cake for Thanksgiving.. My only concern is travel, if the cake is out for too long will it start to melt everywhere or do you think it will be okay?

    1. Hey Lauren, the cake should be kept out of the sun and in a cool place. The cake I left out did start to slump after a day, but the cake kept in the fridge and then take out 30 minutes prior to serving stayed nice and tall. How long will you be traveling?

  158. Can’t wait to make it!Since I live in Greece I don’t think I will be able to find canned apple sauce,do you have a recipe in order to make my own?

  159. Hi Tieghan, this is a lovely recipe and I absolutely love the decor. I was wondering, where you got the twigs/sticks to put in the apples?

  160. My veganized version of this cake has been an absolute hit! We’ve been eating it for breakfast AND dessert and it made the 7 hour drive! Thank you so much for all of your help in answering my questions!

    1. SO excited you loved this and your vegan version killed it!! it you have a pic, tag me on Instagram I would love to see it!

  161. Hi, I absolutely will be trying this cake for a fall party this weekend!! Do you think the cake will survive a 1 hr drive in the car to the party destination?? I plan to transport in a box so that it wouldn’t shift. Thanks!!!

    1. Honestly, I am not sure. When I left my cake out in my warm kitchen, the frosting literally melted off the cake, but when I kept in a cool dark room it was fine. If you can keep it cool than I think you are fine.

      My best advice is to keep the cake well chilled until you are ready. It should hold up fine for an hour in a cool, dark place. Please let me know if you have anymore questions and I hope the cake goes over great!

  162. I am obsessed with your recipes! Each one is more stunning and drool-worthy than the last. Seriously impressive.

  163. I’m obviously not the first to tell you this cake looks amazing! Did you make the apple “stick” decorations?

  164. Oh my goodness. I feel like as a food blogger, I see sooo many baked goods that being SUPER impressed is sorta rare. But I’m literally so jaw-droppingly impressed at this cake, and your creativity, and GORGEOUUUS photography (those GIFs!).

    It’s just all kinds of wonderful. You’re super talented, just thought I’d be another person to tell you so 🙂 and I need to try this cake, stat. Pinned!!

    1. haha! THANK YOU! What a compliment! Seriously, your kind words are makin my night. Thanks Rachel! Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  165. Your photos are so gorgeous that I want to make this cake immediately! It’s a perfect fall call – thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

  166. Oh my god! This cake simply looks amazing. Perfect for fall. And for some weird reason reminds me of Snow White. I love all the ingredients. But the idea of making a cake this amazing is a bit daunting. lol. Thanks for posting it!

  167. I am also pretty excited about this cake! Spiced apple? Salted caramel? Chocolate? Nuts?! I can’t get over it. Those spooky twigs for the caramel apples are just the perfect touch!

  168. Hi! This looks SOOO amazing! I definitely want to try my hand at baking it. However, my family has a peanut allergy–is there an alternative you could suggest? Is there maybe a different frosting that would work well?

    1. Hey Elisa!!
      I would use almond, pistachio or cashew butter. If you cannot use any nut butter, just leave it out completely. You may need a little more powdered sugar to stiffen it up a bit. Let me know if you have anymore questions. Hope you love this cake!

  169. I’m planning to make this, but will have to travel with it (about 6 hours). Is that possible or will it be a disaster? Also, if I’m only going to do 2 layers, would I just reduce it by 1/3? I’m so looking forward to make this cake!

    1. Hey Hannah,

      Honestly, I am not sure. When I left my cake out in my warm kitchen, the frosting literally melted off the cake, but when I kept in a cool dark room it was fine. If you can keep it cool than I think you are fine. Also, is it possible to added the caramel layer once you arrive at your destination?

      Yes, just reduce the recipe by a 1/3. Please let me know if you have any questions. I want this cake to turn out great for you!

      1. Adding the caramel later already crossed my mind – that sounds like it may be best. So would I prepare it at home and then heat and add it when I get where I’m going? Thank you so much for your help!

        1. Yes, that is what I would do. I cannot be certain how it will go since I have not tried it out though. I would recommend doing a test run if you can. Maybe with just the caramel at least? Let me know if you have any questions!

          1. That’s definitely what I’ll do. One more question: I’m attempting to veganize this (I know, I’m crazy, but it looks so good). Will coconut milk work as a substitute for the heavy cream?

          2. OMG! Now way, please let me know how it goes and yes, coconut milk works great! Use canned full fat though.

  170. Which did you use,coffee or cider ?-I love both,which is better?-Since it has applesauce &cocoa,I can’t decide!-Thanks D.

  171. This cake looks unreal, you are my hero!!! Love the caramel apples on top – totally over the top, and I love it!

  172. I died and went to heaven when I saw this. Snickers are my guilty treat and this cake with that caramel is perfection!

  173. Did you try to put it in the refrigerator? When i made my last cake with caramel, it started melting in the fridge… and since i was making it ahead of time for the party, i was unpleasantly surprised. This looks AMAZING, love the whole caramel apple and stick composition, it looks perfect for Fall and Halloween. Would love to make this for another party, but don’t want melting again to happen..

    1. It melted in the fridge? That seems odd. Mine did fine in the fridge, but I do prefer this left at room temp. It keeps great either way though. I would recommend trying out the caramel ahead of time first though. Sometimes caramels can be tricky. You have to get the timing just right. Please let me know if you have anymore questions. Hope you love the cake!

  174. This is beyond over the top. It stopped me in my tracks, and I had to come by for a closer look. Really, you’ve outdone yourself.

    1. Ugh, so sorry. I meant to say that I hope you have a fun fall weekend!! My brain…clearly it is friday night.

  175. This is the first time I have been on your site and I absolutely think you have the best food photos. And this cake, Wow!

    1. Oh wow! THANK YOU! I am so happy you like my photos, that makes my night! Hope you enjoy the recipes too and have a great weekend!

  176. Oh my GOD this cake looks wickedly delicious Tieghan. Words cannot describe how badly I am craving a slice right now.. your baking skills are seriously incredible!

  177. The cake and the pictures look like they belong straight in Snow White. If i were Snow White, I would have not thought twice about taking a bite of the apple if it looked anything like this! Fantastic photos, and amazing job on the cake. wow!

  178. Oh my gosh–these are wonderful pictures!
    That last one looks like you could pick up the fork and start eating!

  179. Holy smokes – this is crazy, over the top indeed! WOW… you out did yourself here and I love it. Crazy festival, looks delicious.

  180. I must say I am not going to try to make this one, simply because it looks so amazing that I know it just can’t be as good when I make it the first couple of times. I will practise on other cakes first

    1. You can totally make this, trust me!! It’s supposed to be a messy cake anyway. Just DO NOT rush making this cake. Take your time with it, make it over two days and go slow. Let me know if you have any questions.
      Thanks!

  181. This cake is everything. Salty, chocolaty, peanut buttery, and with apples to make it healthy. Right? Right.
    Gorgeous photos, as always!

  182. This cake is gorgeous…the apples and caramel…love it…some of your best photos and pour shots..awesome.
    I want a piece of this now…it looks so yummy.

  183. If this is what happens when you get carried away, then keep getting carried, girl! This is one totally brilliant and amazing cake! Seriously stunning.

    1. Aimee, THANK YOU! Honestly, I am always in awe of your creative recipe and gorgeous photos. It means so much coming from you! 🙂

  184. This cake is a hot caramel mess, and I LOVE it! I’m still trying to process all of the yummy drippy things on top, much less the insane flavor combo going on underneath. Now all that’s left is to plan my entire weekend on making this cake.

  185. Cakes are supposed to be over the top…ok maybe not always. But I have about 3 jars of salted caramel so this sounds perfect for me.

  186. Holy moly. This cake is insane! Love that you topped it with caramel apples! So fun and festive.

  187. HOW FLYING MONKEYS. I am dying over this cake. My husband ADORES snickers..but I don’t know that I can bring myself to share. Whoever said sharing is caring, was a liar. This is incredible Tieghan!! Pinned!

  188. Oh.ma.god I died
    When I saw this in my inbox, I had a moment of just ‘staring.’ Could not move my eyes off the screen!
    Holy moly! I’m making this. And I freakin can’t wait!
    Thank you Tieghan! I love you.
    The end.

  189. Chocolate spice cake sounds amazing. The frosting sounds definitely worthy of eating it by the spoonful. I am excited for this cake too. It is a work of tasty art.

  190. Oh. My. God. I love you. And this cake. I love you for making and sharing this cake. The pictures. Gosh, amazing. I have no words left for this other than Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

  191. i see your post daily…and there is always that ‘wow’ factor in all the clicks. You are such a hard working person- you post daily without fail. The content the pics everything is just bang on….But this cake was sooooo tempting that i had to comment…..well i have a huge blog crush on u 😉
    3rd pic- can you please tell me how to give the effect? Plls!
    keep up this good work , u r an inspiration to all food bloggers and beyond:)

  192. *KERPLUNK!!* (sound of my head hitting the floor) This is OMG TOTALLY OVER-THE-TOP INCREDIBLE!! (All caps are definitely mandatory here!) Positively swooning over that ooey gooey chocolate and caramel goodness!

      1. Love this cake – but I’m not a big bourbon lover. I’m making it this week for Tgiving… any substitution I should make for the liquor?

        Thanks!

        1. If you can, sub apple cider. That will work best, but water will also work. Hope you love the cake and please let me know if you have any other questions.

  193. THANK YOU! And trust me, if I can make you can make it. JUST DO NOT RUSH IT. Take you time with this. Please give it a try, you will love it!

    Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  194. Hey Meghan, did you leave the cake in the fridge? It is really important to make sure the cake is cold and the frosting is stiff. If not your cake with cave, this is what happened with my first cake. Also, you may not need to use all the chocolate ganache and caramel on top of the cake. Just use your best judgment. I am SO incredibly sorry it caved on you though. Were you at least able to eat it? Hoping it tasted good!! I am responding to your butterbeer comments now and please let me know if you have any more questions, I want to make this cake work for you!

  195. That is so great! I am so glad everyone loved this cake, thank you Christy! Happy Birthday to your daughter in law!