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A recipe for Apply Thyme Cake with a Caramel drizzle.

A recipe for Apple Thyme Cake.


Hey Guys! Yayayaya! It’s finally a little chilly out in LA (again!)…just let me do a quick Giuliana Rancic *happy dance*…yay! I love chilly weather! I know I’ve said this before, but I really do. To get myself even more into this amazing season I like to bake things that remind me of fall when I was a little girl….enter Apple Thyme Cake with a caramel sauce. :) It’s my fun little play on the caramel apple! Last week I made a pumpkin mac and cheese with hints of thyme; now this week thyme is back, but in a dessert! I love thyme, it’s such a versatile little herb packed with tons of flavor. It’s an herb that truly compliments so many different ingredients. The thyme is really subtle in this recipe, but adds a very lovely aromatic touch to the cake.

The cake is great by itself, but the caramel sauce just sort of pushes it over the edge. If you fancy a salted caramel, like most of us do, feel free to add 2-3 teaspoons of sea salt to the sauce, before adding the cream. I thought a salted caramel sauce might be a little much for this cake, but to each their own! Oh and before I forget, use whatever apples you like to bake with; I chose to use golden delicious apples because they’re one of my absolute favorites, plus their sweet and tart combo is really great for this cake! Oh and did I mention how easy this cake is? It’s one of those all wet ingredients in one bowl and all dry ingredients in another, combine, mix and pour. I adore simple, but delicious baking recipes and this is definitely one of them! I hope eveyone has a great weekend….possibly making apple, thyme cake! :) xx, Jenny

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Apple Thyme Cake Drizzled with Caramel Sauce
Makes 1 10” cake

apple-thyme cake:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and diced
2 tablespoons minced thyme
quick caramel sauce:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 10” round cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, all spice, and salt.
3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla.
4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until completely mixed.
5. Fold in the apples and thyme until even distributed throughout the batter.
6. Pour mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake for 20 to 25 minute or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.
7. Allow cake to cool, about 30 minutes to an hour.
8. While the cake cools, make the caramel sauce: Pour butter, sugars, water, and salt into a medium saucepan and stir together over medium heat. Allow mixture to boil for about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently. (the longer you boil this, the thicker your caramel sauce will be)
9. Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream and vanilla (mixture may bubble up, so be careful).
10. Drizzle over apple-thyme cake and serve.


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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    What a great looking cake. And thyme. Who would have guessed! I love the big chunky apples and the homey look of this cake. It makes me want to make it!

  2. Kristine Not Specified Not Specified

    My mouth is watering…I love a good caramel apple but this looks so much easier to eat!

  3. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    I knew from that guiliana ransic comment that this was Jenny writing and not Teri. Ha! You’re funny. This cake looks awesome. Thyme is da shit!

  4. Marcello Arena @Mela e Cannella Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG delicious =)))

  5. Linda | The Urban Mrs Not Specified Not Specified

    That looks sooo gorgeous, especially the caramel sauce. It makes the cake looks so special. I’m glad the weather is finally getting back to normal in LA. It was so humid and sticky these past 2 days.

  6. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    What has been up with California this week?! 90 degrees earlier this week, and rain on the forecast for next week. I just want it to finally be fall already!

    Speaking of which, this cake screeeams fall. I love the combination of fall spices and apples!

  7. taylor Not Specified Not Specified

    i love thyme with fruits, its such a nice autumnal touch. love the post

  8. Yelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Mmm! I love that you can see the chunks of apple inside! So YUM!

  9. jeri Not Specified Not Specified

    Thyme is my favorite herb, but I would never had thought of it in a sweet dish. I can actually almost taste it. Thanks.

  10. Ellen Not Specified Not Specified

    Thyme is hands-down my favorite herb. And yes, it’s nice to have weather here cool enough to make baking possible without sweltering!

  11. Pia Bineau Not Specified Not Specified

    Boy, does this cake ever look tasty!!! Love this flavor combo in savory foods… can’t wait to try it in this dessert.

    Best regards,


  12. thecitygourmand Not Specified Not Specified

    I love how the cake is ‘undulating’ and full of chunky apple – delicious!

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  14. Noble Pig Not Specified Not Specified

    I love this. I’ve done the apple cake with caramel but adding thyme would be a great addition!

  15. Lauren Not Specified Not Specified

    I am obsessed with your book! I received it yesterday and have already read it cover to cover, twice. I also got one for my sister who thinks dinner should only consist of appetizers. I think I’m going to win the “best gift” award this year!

  16. Emily @ Totes Delishy Not Specified Not Specified

    Thyme is such a versatile herb and it will never over power other flavors, it just sort of melts into them. Have you had Lemon Thyme? Usually I don’t like the weird flavor hybrid herbs but lemon thyme is superb.

  17. Nioaka Not Specified Not Specified

    Would this cake be ok for freezing?

  18. Diana Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the caramel drizzle stop-motion. :) Such a great fall dessert!

  19. PolaM Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks delicious!

  20. Shut Up & Cook Not Specified Not Specified

    Love your blog!

    Such fun photos and great recipes.

    Fall has arrived in Seattle too and I’m wildly embracing all the fun fashion and cooking that comes with it!

  21. jas @ the gluten free scallywag Not Specified Not Specified

    Brilliant1 I was just wondering what to make out of a few old apples from the work fruit box. I know what I’m baking tonight!

  22. nicole Not Specified Not Specified

    The cake lots amazing!!
    I started my own blog yesterday, although its a lifestyle blog, i would appreciate any advice on it:
    Keep up the great posts, i am addicted to ur blog

  23. Sara Not Specified Not Specified

    I noticed that the cake instructions say, “3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla.”

    However, you only list granulated sugar in the cake ingredients. Did you mean to have brown sugar in the batter as well, or is the plural “sugars” just a typo? Thanks!

  24. nani Not Specified Not Specified

    ‘get out of here’!!! Apple plus thyme?? Thyme is my favorite herb ever. Apple the fruit ever and eveeerrrrr. Drooling and taking. ;) Thanks.

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  28. Christo Ferreira Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you for the recipe, wonderful taste and texture, have made it many times since, and friends request it all the time.

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  30. nancy Not Specified Not Specified

    made the apple thyme cake, it did not rise much if at all, is this the way it is suppose to do. Haven’t cut it yet, so not sure about taste.

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  32. Margaret K Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this cake, now. For the oil I used a mix of olive oil and melted butter. I used 1.5 tsp baking powder rather than the baking soda. I decreased the sugar, to about 0.8 cups. I put some coarse ground walnuts with sugar on the top. I had no thyme so I used a bay leaf. And, I baked it. Still came out good–hence a great adaptable recipe, thank you.

  33. Kristen Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made this today. Sooo good!