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A cinnamon sponge cake in the shape of a classic Charlotte, topped with fluffy whipped cream cheese and plenty of cinnamon and caramel apples. It’s a perfect taste of sweet fall flavors!

This post was sponsored as a part of #AppleWeek.  Nordic Ware sent a cake pan for me to use, but as always all opinions are my own.

side view of cinnamon sponge cake baked into the shape of a Charlotte, topped with creamy filling and caramel apple chunks

     Fall is upon us and it’s time to celebrate, with cake of course! This spongy cake is spiked with cinnamon and topped with a super fluffy vanilla and cream cheese mixture.  The pile of caramelly apple goodness on top really drives it home as a dessert to be remembered. This cinnamon sponge Charlotte cake with caramel apples is a fall dream come true!

    Have you ever made a traditional Charlotte?  Do you know what one is?

   Generally they are a no bake dessert that is encircled in a ring of lady fingers and often tied up with a bow. I made a orange cranberry Charlotte in the early days of the blog.

cinnamon sponge turned out of gold nordic ware charlotte shaped cake pan

    I loved the look so much, it inspired the lady finger crust of other goodies such as my orange creamsicle no bake cheesecake and chocolate no bake cheesecake.  There is just something about that ring of lady fingers that draws me in every time.

    So of course I was instantly intrigued when I started seeing pictures of Nordic Ware’s new Charlotte inspired cake pan.  It has that look of the lady fingers surrounding the dessert, but in cake form! Plus it has the perfect well built in for yummy toppings.

    I could not wait to get my hands on that pan!  So I was really excited when Nordic Ware offered to send one for appleweek recipe creation. I sure am one lucky girl!

     The pan itself is beautiful!  I have a fair number of Nordic Ware beauties already, so I already knew it was going to be great quality and it would dump well.  So I went to work on a recipe.

close up of cinnamon sponge filled with cream cheese filling and topped with caramel apples

     I ended up adapting the recipe that came with the pan. It is a 6 cup pan, so smaller than most, and I wanted to make sure what I made would fit in the pan.  Plus the recipe looked so simple and had a nice spongy appearance that seemed like a perfect homage to the pan’s namesake dessert.

    The cake smelled of cinnamon while baking and turned out beautifully, just as I expected! Then I went to work making a filling.  A nice cloud of vanilla scented cream cheese seemed like it would be a perfect base layer.

slice of cinnamon sponge charlotte cake with caramel apples on plate with fork

   On top of the cloud of cream cheese whipped cream went a pile of cinnamon caramel apple filling. These apples were so dang good!  I can already see us making them all fall long for a variety of things.

    Oatmeal? Stir them in! Ice cream? Pile them on top! Pancakes? Yes! Waffles? Of course! Empty bowl? Fill it up! I mean really, these apples will be on and in everything!

close up of caramelized apples in skillet

    I did what I do with most of our desserts, took it to share with my family at our weekly dinner at MiMi and Pops’ house. Everyone thought it looked amazing and tasted even better.  A few people went back for seconds even and I went home with a nearly empty cake plate!

    That is really saying something because we always have snacks and a large dinner when we are over there, so sometimes we are a bit full by the time dessert rolls around.

     My husband usually prefers meat and potatoes to dessert, so he said he was too full for a slice.  He thought he would just steal a bite of mine.

   He did, then he got a plate and got himself a slice too! It was that good! They are already wondering when I will make this one again.

looking down on whole cinnamon sponge charlotte cake with caramel apples

      If you don’t have a Charlotte pan yet, you should put one on your list.  It is such a pretty pan and will be great topped with berries in the spring, peaches in the summer and the list goes on.  In the meantime, however, you could make the cake in an 8″ pan and just put the fillings on top!

As always: If you make this recipe–or any CWC recipes–let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. And post a pic on Instagram or Pinterest too—tag @carleecooks so I can see!  For more recipes and fun, like us on Facebook and follow along on Pinterest.

Yield: 8 Servings

Cinnamon Sponge Charlotte Cake With Caramel Apples

cinnamon charlotte cake filled with cream cheese whipped cream and caramel apple topping with a blue ribbon tied around the outside

A cinnamon sponge cake in the shape of a classic Charlotte, topped with fluffy whipped cream cheese and plenty of cinnamon and caramel apples. It’s a perfect taste of sweet fall flavors!

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Apples

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch (and 2 Tablespoons water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional: caramel sauce for drizzling

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease your Charlotte or 8″ cake pan.
  2. In your mixer, beat eggs on high for 1 minute.
  3. Add sugar and beat for 7 more minutes on high. The mixture should be really light and voluminous.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and cinnamon to ensure there are no lumps.
  5. Add half of the flour mixture to the egg mixture and carefully fold in. Add remaining flour mixture and fold in until incorporated.
  6. Put cake batter in prepared cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Apples

  1. Peel and dice the apples.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium low heat, melt the butter. Add the apples, water, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the apples start to soften. This will take about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir together 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 Tablespoons of cold water. Add cornstarch slurry to apple mixture and stir in. Continue to cook until it is bubbling and thick, about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Allow to cool completely before topping cake.

Whipped Cream

  1. Beat cream cheese until creamy and smooth. Beat in sugar and vanilla until incorporated.
  2. With mixer running, slowly drizzle in heavy cream until it is incorporated and fluffy.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Assembly

  1. Spread cream cheese whipped cream over completely cooled cake.
  2. Top with cooled cinnamon caramel apples and drizzle with caramel sauce if desired.
  3. Serve immediately or if assembled ahead of time, store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 349Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 6g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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A spongy cinnamon cake in the shape of a classic Charlotte, topped with fluffy whipped cream cheese and plenty of cinnamon and caramel apples. It's a perfect taste of sweet fall flavors!

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Saturday 28th of November 2020

i bought the same pan from Amazon, and made this cake, it came out very delicious. Thanks you.

Carlee

Friday 4th of December 2020

I am so glad you liked it!

Amy

Monday 8th of October 2018

This turned out so pretty, but it also sounds delicious. This recipe sounds like a keeper.

Carlee

Friday 4th of December 2020

Thank you!

Books n' Cooks

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

GORGEOUS cake!

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

Thank you!

Jan

Sunday 30th of September 2018

with this pan, even I can make a fancy dessert, this looks fantastic!

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

Definitely! Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 30th of September 2018

I've never heard of a Charlotte before, but I will be making this! And, when my husband asks what I want for Christmas, I am telling him about this pan!

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

It is a pretty pan, that is for sure! Charlottes are usually no-bake desserts that are ringed in lady fingers, so this pan mimics the look <3