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Amish Apple-Butter Cakelets with Caramel Sauce

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Amish Apple-Butter Cakelets with Caramel Sauce

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Cool 5 mins
  • Bake 18 mins

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These little spice cakes are made in muffin cups so everyone can have their own.


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup apple butter or pumpkin butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 5 - ounce can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted if you like
  • Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Walnut pieces, toasted if you like (optional)


  1. Lightly coat twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs. Beat in apple butter and vanilla.
  3. Stir vinegar into evaporated milk (mixture will curdle). Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to apple butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Stir in chopped walnuts.
  4. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool slightly. Serve warm or cool.
  5. To serve, place each cake on a dessert plate. Spoon about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the warm Caramel Sauce over each cake. If you like, garnish with walnut pieces. Makes 24 servings.

Caramel Sauce


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light-color corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a medium heavy saucepan combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in half-and-half, the water, and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly (mixture might look curdled). Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

(Amish Apple-Butter Cakelets with Caramel Sauce)

Servings Per Recipe 24, pro. (g) 3, cal. (kcal) 285, Fat, total (g) 10, carb. (g) 46, sat. fat (g) 6, chol. (mg) 41, sodium (mg) 145, fiber (g) 1, calcium (mg) 61, vit. C (mg) 1, iron (mg) 1, vit. A (IU) 292

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