Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

It's that time of year when apples are plentiful and I just crave caramel apples. For this Sunday dinner's dessert I decided to try an apple cake. I really only like apples in their true form (not one for apple juice, applesauce, apple pie, etc.). This cake was incredibly delicious - the caramel sauce is definitely required as the two flavors go together so well. I plan on making it again. It is a somewhat rich dessert, but festive and moist. Another option is to add a streusel to the top, which I did. It certainly isn't required, but just makes it a bit more special.

2 eggs
1 2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. oil
2 C flour
2 t cinnamon
1 t baking soda
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
4 C apples, peeled & diced
1/2 C walnuts (I omitted these)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Add apples and walnuts. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Pour batter into a greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Caramel Sauce:
3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. evaporated milk
1 t. vanilla

In a saucepan, mix all ingredients except vanilla. Bring to a rolling boil. Cook one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Serve over cake.

Optional Streusel:
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. butter, cold

Cut butter into flour and sugar and use fingers to crumble together. Spread over cake after cake has baked for 30 minutes.

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