Brown sugar buttermilk layer cake smothered in apples cooked in brown sugar syrup and finished with a drizzle of the easiest vanilla bean caramel sauce.
Yep, that’s right. Stephie Cooks – originally Eat Your Heart Out – is a toddler! Which is only fitting, considering that on Sunday our 19-month-old niece and I both spilled food down ourselves at lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon running around with stains on our shirts. Forever young?
Now is the point in this post where I thank all you for being loyal readers. It probably sounds cliche and dorky when you read that on sites celebrating their blogiversaries, but believe me – we mean every word of it. Think about it – without our lovely readers, us bloggers would just be babbling into the void. Which, while interesting, would also make us a little crazy. Thank you for justifying my babbling and making me less of a crazy person.
Thank you for commenting, liking, sharing, cooking, baking, and – of course – eating! Really, you’re the reason I’m here and still typing away 3 years later. The differences between my original Cream Cheese Ranch Roll-Ups and my new Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Roll-Ups should serve as evidence enough of how I have grown in the past 3 years. All of that work? For you.
So, in conclusion: I love you, you’re amazing, let’s eat some Caramel Apple Layer Cake for all the birthdays (virtual and otherwise).
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup half-and-half
- 1 vanilla bean
- Pinch of salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4½ tablespoons corn starch
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 4 cups peeled, very thinly sliced apples
- Pinch of salt
- Cut the vanilla bean in half and use your knife to scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the pod to a medium saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat slightly and boil for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce is slightly thickened. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat for a minute in the microwave before using.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and vanilla.
- Slowly add ¼ of the flour to the butter-sugar mixture, then ⅓ of the milk. Continue until all of the buttermilk and flour is added, ending with the flour. Mix just until combined.
- Divide batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pans, then turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to finish cooling completely.
- In a saucepan, whisk together the corn starch, brown sugar and milk until smooth. Add the butter. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add the apples and cook over medium-low heat just until the apples soften.
- Allow apple filling to cool slightly before using. Syrup will thicken slightly as it cools.
- Place one of the cake layers on a cake plate (one with a lip does best for this messy cake). Spoon about half of the apples over the cake, spreading evenly. Place the second layer on top, and top with the remaining apples, spooning them more onto the center of the cake. Top with as much of the syrup as you like.
- Serve cake with the Easy Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce and lightly whipped cream.
happpeeeee birthday betch! with sprinkles on top. or apples. duh.
Eat yo fruit, ya fruit!
Happy blog birthday, lady! This cake is the perfect way to celebrate. Which is why I’m going to make it and eat it all in one sitting. For celebratory purposes.
As long as it is for celebratory purposes and you don’t get too much selfish enjoyment out of it.
Happy blog anniversary! I saw this cake on IG and headed right over. Oh my gosh, it’s killer! You certainly know how to celebrate properly!
Thanks for popping over, Liz! My family taught me the importance of celebrating with dessert at an early age.
Happy blog anniversary!! This cake looks like the perfect way to celebrate!
Let’s celebrate Thursdays with this cake. Yes?
Congratulations Stephie on your 3rd Anniversary! You have done such a great job on your blog & I have really enjoyed several of your recipes. Please keep up the great work!!
Thank you, Lavonne! I will do just that!
Yayyy! Happy 3 years!!!!! I’m a toddler too hahaaaa
looove this cake-that caramel sauce=mmmmmmm
I assume this means you spill frequently as well? 😉
Happy blog anniversary! I am a normally quiet reader but I have enjoyed your writing and your recipes from the beginning!.
Thank you so much, Charlotte! Thank you for reading – and for today’s comment! 🙂
Happy blogiversary! Woopity woop woop woop! I’ve been waiting for this cake ever since we were chatting about it. I pretty much just want to plant my face in it and potentially not move…except for to eat.
Easy caramel sauce? Eureka!!!!!!
Congrats on year 3, love! Cheers to many, many years of food bliss to come 😀 xoxoxoxox
Thank you for providing me with recipe feedback late at night! You’re a crazy person’s dream. 😉
Ohhhh my god. This looks too good! I love the layers of caramel apple goodness. Happy 3rd birthday, blog!
Thank you, Medha! Love having you here 🙂
Congrats on 3 years! This cake looks like the best way to celebrate! I can’t wait to try that caramel sauce!
Seriously, we all need that caramel sauce in our lives. All bad moods could be cured with the stuff!
Happy blog birthday! What a way to celebrate! That caramel sauce, wooooooow! Great idea. Also, I often find most clothes I own end up with some kind of food on them from me or from Andy. hahaha!
Somehow this does not surprise me. 😉
Congratulations on your 3 year blog-a-versary! I always enjoy reading your posts, the food looks amazing!
Thank you so much, Andria!
Happy 3 years! It is so amazing to look back on how far you have come, isn’t it?? And this cake… just love it!
Happy blog birthday and this is definitely a great way to celebrate! Cake for all!
This is amazing!! I love absolutely everything about this cake. Thanks for dropping this by #PureBlogLove link party. You’ve caught my eye already 🙂
This cake looks so fab. Even better, I don’t have to actually “frost” it. Pinned!!!
Hi! Coming by from the Foodie Friday! Happy blog-anniversary! 🙂 This is a super yummy cake!
Congrats to you, enjy this delicious looking cake
I have been on the search for a signature dessert for Fall 2014 – this one looks amazing! Thank you! (Visiting from Foodie Fridays!)
Happy Blogiversary! Your cake looks amazing! And your pictures are stunning too! Pinning right now! Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for linking up with us at Foodie Fridays!
OMG Stephie! This looks like heaven! And I think I just may attempt this…I hate making layer cakes typically…but this one looks just right 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us on #foodie Fridays!!!! Glad to see ya there!
Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!
Happy blogiversary! Happy Caramel Apple Layer Cake Day as well…this cake really does deserve it’s own day!
This looks delicious! I love apple desserts; I can’t wait to try~
Great recipe to celebrate, Happy Birthday!
Love the easy caramel sauce & cake, on my ‘to bake list’, pinned!
Thanks for sharing, Odelle Smith x.
This recipe looks so delicious! Hi, I’m Anita visiting from Freedom Fridays.