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3.21 from 39 votes

Healthier Caramel Apple Cake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, bake, cake, caramel, healthier, vegetarian, zucchini
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 480kcal


  • 3 medium apple
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg
  • 2 1/3 cup flour, whole wheat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350* F and pre-grease a 3 quart baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, toss chopped apples, grated zucchini, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of sugar until apples and zucchini are coated. Set aside.
  • Whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk by hand or with mixer for a minute or so, until mixture is smooth.
  • Add three eggs to the sugar mixture and again whisk well, until some bubbles form.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt to the mixture and mix well. It should be a very thick consistency. Fold apples and zucchini into the mixture until evenly mixed.
  • Pour mixture into pre-greased baking dish and smooth out evenly. Place onto the middle rack of the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  • While the cake cools, make the caramel glaze by heating a small saucepan over medium-high heat and melting 1/4 cup butter. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Keep at a low simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly to keep from burning. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  • Once the cake has cooled a bit (slightly warm is good, just not hot), pour the caramel mixture evenly over the cake and spread with a spatula if needed. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 193mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 40g