October is here, and while pumpkin is a staple for fall foods, I think that apple is a seriously underrated flavor. My favorite Halloween treat is a caramel apple; there's nothing like a crisp Granny Smith apple dipped in a rich caramel coating. Let's be real though, cake is my one true love, which lead me to hop in the kitchen and create this awesome new recipe that I can't wait to share with all my sprinkley friends.
This is a blog about sprinkles, after all, so I decided to pair this festive fall treat with Sprinkle Pop's Ghouls Eye Sprinkle Mix. The bright colors and spooky eyes really bring this simple cake to life! I used a lightly salted caramel drizzle to adhere the sprinkles making this the perfect Halloween party treat
For the apple cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 5oz package of vanilla instant pudding
1¼ cup milk
⅓ cup vegetable oil
2 Granny Smith apples (peeled and chopped)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Rinse your apples with warm water before you peel and coarsely chop them (1/2 inch pieces). Toss chopped apples in 2 Tbsp of dry cake mix (this keeps fruit from sinking to the bottom).
- Prepare bundt pan with baking spray or butter and flour
- In the bowl of your stand mixer combine cake mix, dry pudding, milk, eggs, and oil. Beat on medium speed until combined
- Fold in chopped apples and pour batter into pan ¾ of the way to the top
- Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until the cake begins the pull from the sides and is springy to the touch.
- Unmold and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack
For the decoration:
Ghoul’s Eye Sprinkle Mix
5 ounces caramel bits
1-2 tablespoons milk
1-2 teaspoons sea salt
4-6 ounces white candy melts
Purple candy color (oil based)
Caramel Sauce Directions:
- In a microwave safe bowl melt roughly 5 ounces of caramel bits and 1-2 tbsp of milk in 30 second increments stirring in between heating.
- Add sea salt to taste
- Allow sauce to cool and thicken before applying to cake
Chocolate Drizzle Directions:
- In a microwave safe bowl melt 4-6 ounces of white candy melts.
- Thin with vegetable shortening a little at a time until candy melts are a drizzle consistency.
- Color to your preference of saturation with oil candy colors
When the cake and caramel sauce is cooled, you’re ready to decorate and sprinkle on the eyes of the ghouls! Spoon on the caramel, and when you get those beautiful drips, you can drizzle on the purple candy melts with a spoon or fork in a fun back and forth pattern. I loved picking out the yellow, orange, and green eyes in the sprinkles, placing those on the cake first. Add the smaller pieces, a dash at a time, and use the large sprinkle balls around the base of the cake.
Sweet and Spooky Wishes,