Caramel Apple Mousse Cake is layers of apple cake and creamy caramel mousse. This apple dessert is perfect for fall!
Last weekend my friend and her kids came to town. She tries to come here in the fall so we can visit our favorite apple orchard. Last year the weather was cold and this year it was rainy.
Luckily we found a couple of hours in the afternoon, between rain showers to visit, and yes we were wearing our mud boots! We got together Friday night for coffee and I brought the Caramel Apple Mousse Cake.
The cake is a spice cake with apples in it. I put it into 2 round cake pans. While they were baking, I made the caramel mousse filling and toasted the pecans. After allowing the cakes to cool, cut them in half (I actually waited until the next day).
The cake is really moist and it split when I was trying to layer the cake. It doesn’t matter though because the layers are held together with the caramel mousse. Spread 1/4 of the caramel mousse on each of the 4 layers.
Spread caramel over the top layer of mousse and allow it to drip down the sides. Top the cake with toasted pecans.
Cut a big slice. The caramel mousse holds the layers together.
Enjoy the Caramel Apple Mousse Cake with a cup of coffee. There’s nothing like apple desserts in the fall!
Love apple desserts? Here are a few more that I’ve made this fall:
- These apple bars are easy to make with a cake mix crust! This is my first of many apple recipes this fall.
- A dessert in a jar is so much fun and is a great fall party idea. This Caramel Apple In A Jar can even be given as a gift in a jar!
- There are so many apple recipes to love! How about Cinnamon Buttermilk Caramel Syrup for fall apples?
Christina Tyner says
What do you think of making cupcakes out of this recipe?
I think that would be fantastic! You’ll just need to reduce the baking time.
I want to thank you for this recipe. It was so delicious. And was easy to make.
Ida Maria Haigh says
This look really yummy, but in Australia we don’t have spice cake mix, or caramel dip or whipped topping – how do you make these??? Please let me have a full recipe.
Hello Ida Maria,
To make a spice cake mix, add 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, and 1/4 tsp ground allspice to one yellow (or white) cake mix.
For the caramel dip, use any store-bought caramel sauce or use my caramel syrup recipe found here: https://www.thegunnysack.com/ice-cream-topping-recipe-caramel-syrup/
For the whipped topping, use an equal amount of whipped cream.
We Europeans should be very thankful for alternative metric weights and measurements!
Made this cake and frosted the entire cake with mousse instead of leaving sides bare. Everyone absolutely loved it!! I’ll definitely make it again. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving too. Thanks!
I know this is old, but my family loved this! They especially loved the mousse instead of frosting idea. I want to make the mousse but a peanut butter version. I I sub peanut butter for caramel, I assume you’d up the sugar? By a cup? Thoughts?
It’s a good one, isn’t it?!! When I made my Peanut Butter Pie this past summer, I used a similar recipe for the peanut butter mousse part of the recipe and did not increase the sugar. https://www.thegunnysack.com/peanut-butter-pie/ For that recipe I used:
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups cool whip
Since I wanted it to be pie filling, I used less cool whip but you should use the 16 oz of cool whip so that it is light and airy.
Best of luck!
Moni A says
I would like to go the heavy whipping cream route. How much do you suggest I use (size bottle)?
For this recipe, you will need about 6 1/2 cups of whipped topping (Cool Whip) or whipped cream (prepared). To make 6 1/2 cups of whipped cream, you need 3 1/4 cups of heavy whipping cream. Since 1 pint of heavy whipping cream is only 2 cups, buy the quart size and only use 3 1/4 cups of it. Let me know if you need a whipped cream recipe. 🙂
Moni A says
Wow. Thanks. Looks like I’ll need to go get more whipping cream or do a mixture of homemade and ready made…
A whipping cream recipe wouldbe nice though!
Whipped Cream Recipe (makes 2 cups)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Start by chilling the bowl and beaters.
Beat the heavy whipping cream until it starts to thicken.
Add the powdered sugar and vanilla.
Beat until soft peaks form.
I’m not sure how many cups of homemade whipped cream you want to use vs ready made but you can easily double or triple the whipped cream recipe. You’ll just need a bigger bowl. Best of luck! ~Tonia
Could you use sugared apples instead of pecans or no?
Yes, you can top the cake with whatever you want. If by sugared apples, you mean something like apple pie filling, you might want to add it right before serving so that the liquid doesn’t soften the caramel mousse too much.
Amanda Sherrill says
I have made this so much I can do it by memory just about. Delicious, most requested. Won a contest at school with it. For those having trouble with Caramel use dip not ice cream topping. I’ve even made it just with two layers and no complaints from recipients. I use gala or honey crisp apples and only one good size.
I made this for Thanksgiving and it turned out perfect and was delicious. The only change I made was to bake the cake in 4 pans instead of 2 because I was nervous about splitting the layers. It was definitely a hit and will make again.
If you’re a bit nervous about doing all the diff layers, could you try in a 9×13 baking dish?
Yes, you can make it in a 9×13. Follow the baking time on the box. Also, you will not need all of the caramel mousse.
What type of Apple’s do you use? Looks so good, can’t wait to make one!
I followed the instructions exactly as stated but when I put the cake together it fell apart into a big blob. Has anyone else had this problem with the mousse filling? I am sure it will taste good but it is a disaster. I am very disappointed.
Bill Blankenship says
Have made this cake three times and each time the Carmel melts and runs off. Have used ice cream topping and last time melted Carmel bits all with same results. Have refrigerated after putting topping on
you need to add some corn starch/flour to your store bought caramel and put it on the store to simmer and thicken, that’s what I do.
You need to let your cake cool
I have a question regarding the bake time. Is it 25-30 min for a 8 inch cake pan? It would be less for a 9 inch cake pan right? I want to make this tomorrow if possible and wanted to double check. Thanks!
I used 9-inch cake pans. It you want to use 8-inch cake pans, it might take 30-35 minutes. Best of luck! ~Tonia
I made this cake yesterday and it was delicious I didn’t change a thing exept that I shredded the apples after I peeled them because one of my boys don’t like the feel of chunks of fruit in desserts and that I didn’t used all the icing. I had trouble on making the slices even so next time I’ll bake it in 8 inch 4 round cake pans. My family loved it, thanks very much for sharing it with all of us.
Earle Wright says
This is a wonderfully delicious recipe. I am making it again, but modifying it a bit to suit my taste. I’m omitting the confectioner’s sugar altogether, as it’s a bit sweet for me. I’m thinking the caramel sauce and whipped topping will be sufficient for sweetness. Further, I’m doubling the spice cake to 8 slabs (after slicing), as I prefer just a little mousse on each layer. Lastly, I will purchase two(2) containers of the Marzetti dip to ensure that I have enough for the decorative “spillover” down the sides.
We’ll see how this turns out. Either way, I will definitely look for your new additions. You sold me with this recipe!
Earle Wright says
I make this cake again with the modifications described above. Just for the fun of it, I stacked all eight(8) layers into one vertical cake and took it to our annual choir Christmas party. It was a beautiful display, although a bit unwieldy to cut and serve. One friend who had a slice from the original recipe and one from my modified recipe found mine better tasting to her. It is not a competition for votes, however. It is simply a recognition of how much “sweet taste” different people react to. We also both agreed that this cake is yummy a day or two later, straight from the refrigerator.
I’m going to make this again soon, but I’ll split it into two cakes, rather than do the “eight layer stack-up”. I won’t have any trouble deciding what to do with the two cakes. Giving one of these cakes will make a friend for life!
Just a little tip in cutting the cake layer in half, I used dental floss string and sawed it back and forth pulling towards me with the cake flat. This worked great, I only had 9in cake pans and thought it would be impossible to slice these layers with a knife so I just went with the floss and it worked really well. You will need to wedge the cake plate against something while sawing the layer in half with the floss.
Hi! I made this cake in 2014 for my Thanksgiving feast and it was so AMAZING, that I’m making it again this year. Thank you for the great idea and the easy to follow instructions. I can’t wait to share it on my own blog. I’ll definitely link back to your page…your recipes are too good not to check out. Can’t wait to try more of them!
can you make the mousse ahead of time and assemble later?
Hey Tobie! Sorry I’ve been away from my computer. Had a grooms dinner last night and baking/cooking for Thanksgiving today. Yes, you could do that. Also, this cake will hold up really well if you want to assemble it ahead of time. Enjoy! ~Tonia
Amaryllis @ thetastyother.com says
Hi Tonia! What a gorgeous fall dessert! I think the season is all about deep, comforting flavours and your mousse cake is exactly that! Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to try it.
Chantelle Simpson says
Hi I have been following your blog for a while now and find some of the recipes frustrating because I live in Australia and we do not have cool whip, caramel dip or spice cake mix here. It would be really useful if you could have a sidebar for substitutes of your ingredients for all of your international followers. I scrolled down and read the comments in regards to the spice cake substitute and using whipped cream instead of cool whip but what can I use instead of the caramel dip?
Hi Chantelle! First, I want to start by thanking you for being a long time follower! That means so much to me. I’m sorry to hear that some of the recipes are frustrating due to the differences in available products in the two countries. I will take your suggestion and start to work on an Australia cheat sheet. In the meantime, I need YOUR help because not only do I not know what products you DON’T HAVE in Australia, I don’t know what products you DO HAVE. So, regarding the caramel dip, I used what is basically a thicker version of caramel ice cream topping, so you could use caramel ice cream topping instead. If that isn’t available in the stores, I can suggest this recipe of mine: https://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/06/ice-cream-topping-recipe-caramel-syrup.html
Pat Sager says
Why not find a recipe for home made spice cake…would probably be even better.
Go for it! Here is a recipe from my friend Amanda at I Am Baker to try: http://iambaker.net/homemade-spice-cake-mix/
You can make Carmel dip it’s super easy.
1 cup granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons of salted butter, cut 6 pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
Heat sugar over medium heat until thick brown/amber color.. careful not to burn.
Once sugar is melted immediately add butter (be careful will boil rapidly when added)
Stir butter until melted in sugar 2-3 min
Very slowly drizzle heavy cream while stirring (can cause splatter because of cold cream to hot mixture)
Allow to boil for 1 min, it will rise in pan.
Remove from heat and stir in 1tsp salt.. allow to cool before using!
Keep in a jar with lid..
Hope this helps it’s delicious and can be used for alot of Carmel recipes since you don’t have it there!! Enjoy!!