Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

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I have a confession to make.  It does involve bananas, like my last confession, but only indirectly.  It will also lead to how this cake was born.  A week or so ago, I fed my family muffins and milk for dinner.  That’s it.  Everyone survived.  My 14 year old son did give me a questioning look when I told him that’s what we were having.  I offered that he could fix an egg for himself, but he downed 4 or 5 muffins in just a few minutes and seemed satisfied. 

The recipe I used for the muffins came from Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen.   I had some bananas I needed to use, so I searched Tasty Kitchen for recipes that included bananas.  I found one for Apple Banana Muffins, which I altered to the point of barely recognizable to the original recipe.  They tasted wonderful, but had a strange texture.

Then while grocery shopping, I spied a Spice Cake Mix and new I wanted to combine the flavors of the muffins into a cake and Spice Cake was the perfect base.  I used a recipe from The Cake Mix Dr. as a guide, but altered it pretty heavily.  I did use her recipe for the Caramel Glaze.

Here’s what you’ll need for the cake:

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  • Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk soured with 1 tsp. of vinegar
  • 1 stick of butter, softened but not melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashed bananas

Grease and flour a bundt pan (or use that great Baker’s Joy cooking spray).   Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put the cake mix and all the other ingredients in a large mixer bowl, and mix until well blended.  Pour into the cake pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.  Cool the cake in the pan for 20 minutes and then loosen it with a butter knife run around the edge.  Dump out onto a plate to finish cooling.

For the Caramel Glaze:

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  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. white sugar
  • 3 Tbs. heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat.  Boil it for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and spoon it over the cake.

The applesauce and banana made this cake both flavorful and very moist.  The caramel glaze made a perfect combo. 

Bundt cakes always remind me of the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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  1. Umm that looks so pretty all the glaze dripping down the side. it made me want to get my finger and wipe it across the puter screen. I love bundt cakes.

  2. That looks so yummy. Now I’m hungry!

  3. This looks so good! My bundt pan may get some use afterall.

  4. Oh my…that looks positively heavenly!

  5. I have a few of your recipes down for my september menu. I cant wait. Have a great night.

  6. This cake is so moist and delicious! I was asked to bake for a charity function, so I made mine in a 9×13 pan, baked it for about 35 minutes, frosted it with Duncan Hines caramel frosting, and sprinkled it with chopped nuts. I want to try it again in a bundt pan with the caramel glaze. Good job, Tiffany!

    • Judith, I thought nuts sounded good with this cake. I thought about adding them to the batter, but I like the idea of them sprinkled on top. Glad you liked it!

  7. I make something similar to this. I add pumpkin puree and other goodies to the spice mix. Make up some cream cheese frosting to top it off. Yum! My kids devour it.

  8. Oh my yumminess!!! Love the whole beautiful idea of this cake! Spice Cake cake mix always makes me so happy to use…and then add in all your delightful ingredients and wowers! I look forward to making this cake soon. 🙂

    p.s. Also adore your dinner of muffins and milk! 😉


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