Caramel Apple Tea Cake

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Don’t you just want to dig into this Caramel Apple Tea Cake?  A moist bundt cake full of flavors; apple cider tea, vanilla, cinnamon, fresh apple and caramel. Perfect with your favorite cuppa.

I absolutely adore apple season.  I mean fall in general, but apple season especially.  In my opinion, there is nothing quite like the smell of an apple dessert baking in your kitchen, and this Caramel Apple Tea Cake is no different.

It’s like the perfect air freshener, and you get to eat it!


This post is made in conjunction with a Fall Flavors recipe group, and I received products from these sponsors: The Republic of Tea, Melissa’s Produce, Torani, and Taylor & Colledge in return for posting this recipe. #FallFlavors



It’s not a secret to anyone that knows me that I don’t start my day without a few cups of coffee.  But in the evenings, I love to wrap my hands around a cup of hot tea while I watch television.  

But baking with tea? Not something I have ever done.  I have a Banana Berry Green Tea Smoothie, but nothing where I baked tea into a recipe.  That was until today.  


Fall Flavors Week

I have a super tasty week of recipes for you, as I kick off all things tasty and Fall Flavored! We were blessed with some fantastic sponsors, and I am going to show you how I used 4 of them in this one apple cake recipe!

For this recipe, I used apples from Melissa’s Produce, Apple Cider Tea from The Republic of Tea, vanilla bean paste from Taylor & Colledge, and caramel syrup from Torani. 


Aside from those things, this tea cake is simple to make, as it starts with a vanilla cake mix and a box of vanilla instant pudding. I added in some cinnamon applesauce to replace the majority of the oil the cake mix calls for, which also reduces the calories, and works its own magic for not only the flavor but adds to the moistness of the cake, too.


How to Make a Caramel Apple Tea Cake

Begin by preparing a 10″ bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.  In a bowl with a mixer, combine cake mix, pudding mix, part of the brewed tea, eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla paste and cinnamon. Beat for 2 minutes, then fold in shredded Melissa’s Produce apple. 

Bake for about 45 minutes, let it cool for a few minutes before flipping it over onto a plate.  While it’s warm, drizzle it with the Torani Caramel Syrup. It’ll soak into the cake, and give that apple cake the caramel goodness.  

Let the cake cool slightly. While you are waiting, mix up the glaze, a combination of powdered sugar melted butter and Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste. Pour it over the cake and serve immediately, or pop it in the fridge until you are ready to eat it.  That will set that glaze up nicely.  


I mean … c’mon.  Just look at it.  


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Adding Apple Tea Cake to my fall cake recipe favorites

As I said, fall, in general, has always been my favorite season.  Not just the crisp air, and the beautiful colors, but all of the flavors and scents that come with it! Warm soup recipes, baked casseroles and comfort foods, and also my favorite spices: cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg.  

I have these four cakes that I make every fall at least once.  They give you a wide choice of fall flavors and a great way to use your bundt pan, too!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Apple Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Spice Coffee Cake

Cinderella Cake – Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Win a prize from our sponsors!

The wonderful #FallFlavors sponsors have donated some awesome prizes for our readers to win. They, in conjunction with our participating bloggers and event hosts, Family Around the Table, A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, and Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks invite you to enter the giveaway through the widget below. There are many opportunities to enter!

The Republic of Tea is giving away a gorgeous Red Dancing Leaves Teapot and a tin of their Hot Apple Cider Tea. Brew a pot and enjoy on a cool fall day.

Torani is giving away a bottle of their Green Apple Puremade Syrup and Caramel Puremade Sauce. These syrups are perfect for baking or making a variety of drinks.

Dixie Crystals Sugar wants your baking to be sweet. They are giving away a set of OXO Good Grips 3 piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls.

Taylor and Colledge is giving away a variety of their baking pastes. Your fall and holiday baked goods will wow your family and guests.

Take dinner to a whole new level with a variety box of fresh produce from Melissa’s. Here’s an opportunity to try some fruits and vegetables you may not otherwise have in your local market.

One lucky winner will receive a goodie box with a variety of Nairn’s gluten-free products. Enjoy them for a snack or use them in creative ways for meals and desserts.

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Let’s get to this easy Caramel Apple Tea Cake Recipe, shall we?  M.


Caramel Apple Tea Cake sliced with a bite on fork
4.75 from 4 votes
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Caramel Apple Tea Cake

Don't you just want to dig into this Caramel Apple Tea Cake?  A moist bundt cake full of flavors; apple cider tea, vanilla, cinnamon, fresh apple and caramel. Perfect with your favorite cuppa.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple cider tea, bundt, cake, caramel, caramel drizzle, fall baking, how to make a cake with tea, spice, tea, vanilla, vanilla glaze
Servings: 1 bundt cake
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


For the Cake:

  • 1 15.25 ounce box of vanilla cake mix
  • 1 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 Apple Cider Tea Bags steeped in 1 cup boiling water cooled, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce I used cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup apple peeled and shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • Drizzle of Caramel Syrup

For The Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • remaining 1/4 cup apple cider tea


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl on low combine cake mix, pudding mix, applesauce, eggs, vanilla paste, oil and 3/4 cup of the tea for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Mix the shredded apple with flour, and fold into the cake batter.
  • Pour into the prepared pan, bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cool for a few minutes before inverting onto a plate. Drizzle with caramel sauce.
  • Combine powdered sugar with vanilla bean paste and the remaining tea a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached. I like mine on the thicker side.
  • Pour over cake. Serve immediately, or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 357mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g



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  1. Loving the crumb on the cake and that gorgeous vanilla sauce! Apples and apple desserts are definitely my Fall highlights too

  2. Forgot to make the glaze, but this cake is still heavenly without it. I can’t wait to enjoy a slice with my mid-afternoon tea this week!

  3. My favorite fall flavors are pumpkin and butternut squash. I also love apples and your recipe looks delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  4. The texture of the cake looks amazing. I am sure the taste is the same as well. I hope to find apple cider tea bags to do justice to the recipe.

  5. Yes, yes – I totally do just want to dig right into that gorgeous cake! Such wonderful fall flavors, all together in a moist and delicious cake! So interesting to use apple cider tea, too – I never would’ve thought of that as a technique for developing flavor, and it’s just so brilliant!

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