Praline Crunch Apple Cake

Praline Crunch Apple Cake...a super moist apple cake topped with brown sugar icing and a Praline Crunch that's buttery and delicious!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid Elite Bloggers. The opinions and text are all mine.

This Praline Crunch Apple Cake is a super moist cake, loaded with apples, topped with a brown sugar icing and an AMAZING, crunchy praline topping that’s just as good on it’s own as it is in this cake!

It’s that time of year again when apples are everywhere! Apples are definitely my favorite fruit to bake with…maybe because apple season is in the fall and I am a huge fall enthusiast with the cozy clothes and cinnamon smells…

With all the apples that we are about to have on hand in the coming months I partnered with KitchenAid in the #KitchenAidContest (more on that in a minute). I decided to take a classic-ish type recipe and give it a fun update. Apple Cake certainly isn’t a new invention. BUT topping it with ridiculous brown sugar icing and a whole boat-load of crunchy Praline topping…well, suddenly things get interesting.


Adding the sweet, buttery, crunchy Praline topping seriously is the best. I might have doubled the batch and snacked on it for a few days by itself.


The cake itself is loaded with apples, and I mean loaded, which makes it a super soft cake packed with cinnamon flavor. I poured a sweet, caramely brown sugar frosting on top and then topped that with the Praline Crunch. It’s a WOW dessert for sure!


Praline Crunch Apple Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups




  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly

Praline Crunch

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces chopped pecans
  • 6 ounces coarsely chopped Nilla Wafer cookies (about a cup and a half)


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Coat a 9×13 inch pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the eggs and sugar on high speed for 5 minutes. Turn mixer to medium and add in the oil, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and baking powder and mix for another minute. Turn mixer to low and add in the flour until just mixed in and finally add stir in the apples.
  3. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave the oven on to make the Praline Crunch

Praline Crunch

  1. While the cake is cooling line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Stir in the pecans and cookies and coat with the butter mixture.
  4. Spread evenly onto the prepared pan and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  5. All the praline crunch to cool on the pan and then break into smaller pieces.


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the butter and brown sugar together. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and then reduce the heat to low, boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add in the milk, return to a boil and then remove from the heat immediately. Allow this to cool for 15 minutes. Next whisk in the powdered sugar and pour/spread onto the cooled cake.
  2. Top the frosting with the praline crunch.



The Praline Crunch can be made up to a week in advance. You can also use coarsely chopped graham crackers in place of the Nilla Wafers.

Store the cake airtight for up to 3 days.

Want To Save This Recipe?

Now to the Apple Challenge…

KitchenAid is are inviting YOU to show how to take simple to extraordinary! They just want you to create a UNIQUE apple recipe and submit a photo and description of your dish!

Food Network Kitchens will select the top 4 recipe submissions and the 4 finalists will win a trip for 2 to NYC to push their limits in a live cook-off to cook their dish to be judged by FN chef Geoffrey Zakarian. 1 winner will receive the grand prize of a suite of KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances and a private cooking lesson with Geoffrey Zakarian. The contest runs 8/17 – 9/14.

I am OBSESSED with the new KitchenAid black stainless steel. LITERALLY OBSESSED. I am kinda-sorta hoping my kitchen appliances will all break so I can makeover my kitchen!

Anyhow, make this Apple Cake for inspo…and then create your own apple dish to enter in the #KitchenAidContest! Good luck and if you win I am TOTALLY coming over to stalk your new kitchen!
From the first-ever black stainless steel to the first-ever five-door refrigerator, KitchenAid pushes the limits with our appliances, so our home cooks can do the same with their cooking. See the revolutionary new line of KitchenAid appliances or visit the Kitchenthusiast™ blog for recipes, tips and more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

You might also like...

Share Your Comments

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to register or log in and then click the camera icon located at the bottom of the comment form.

Recipe rating
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Oct 15, 2016 8:52 pm

Oh my goodness this was good. I made 1 substitution… I used Windmill cookies in place of the Nilla Wafers for the crunch topping. It tasted just like the cinnamon roasted nuts you can get in the mall around Christmas time. All the flavors of the cake, frosting, and topping marry PERFECTLY. Thank you!

Sep 2, 2015 1:01 pm

Where has this cake been all my life!? I love praline crunch ice cream, it only makes sense that I would adore this cake. Delicious!

Sep 2, 2015 8:45 am

My husband says it is the best cake he has ever had, and I have to agree. Will definitely replace my carrot cake at Thanksgiving!!

Aug 31, 2015 2:21 am

What a great cake! I love that praline topping 🙂

Aug 29, 2015 5:45 pm

This looks so good. The next time my mom asks me to make something for her work I`m totally going to make this.

Aug 28, 2015 10:00 am

This cake looks amazing, I love the topping!!!

Aug 27, 2015 12:45 pm

Shelly this cake looks AMAZING! It’s got me all excited for fall, and apple picking an fall baking — my favorite time of the year! 🙂

Aug 27, 2015 9:28 am

Oh. My. Word.

The praline topping looks absolutely amazing!

Aug 27, 2015 6:55 am

Hi Shelly, this came out really well. It turned out to the yummiest cakes I have ever made. Thanks a lot for posting this recipe.:)

Aug 26, 2015 7:56 pm

Shelly, this looks amazing! I’m not sure I could make the Praline Crunch a week in advance; I would eat it all before getting to make the actual cake!

Aug 26, 2015 5:45 pm

Oh my gosh that frosting and topping. !!!!!!!

Aug 26, 2015 2:16 pm

Can this be frozen ?

Aug 26, 2015 2:50 am

Yep, I can totally see why you made extra praline yo snack on. My cake would have accidentally had less on ……

Aug 25, 2015 9:52 pm

Oh that praline crunch has me weak at the knees! This looks absolutely scrumptious!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

Tips for Baking Success!

Cookies and Cups Newsletter Get 5 Baking Secrets That Will Change Your Life!

Delivered Straight to Your Inbox, For Free:

Recipes You’ll Love

This site participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn a small fee by linking to and affiliated sites.

Ad Blocker Detected!

Advertisements fund this website. Please disable your adblocking software or whitelist our website.
Thank You!