Caramel Apple Swirl Cake

Caramel Apple Swirl Cake

I’m not usually a cake-from-a-box-mix kind of gal.  Which really has more to do with the fact that I don’t often make cakes than it does with anything else.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like cakes just fine.  But it’s really the buttercream icing I love–and it’s better that I don’t get started eating that.

I mean, I would like to be able to fit into the same shorts next summer, and with the way this holiday season is shaping up, those chances are starting to look pretty slim.

Why did no one tell me that starting a food blog also meant gaining weight?  Argh, quality control is my nemisis.

Anyhoo, the kind folks at Duncan Hines sent me coupons to try some of their products as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program, and I really can’t turn down an opportunity to make sweets or some other form of baked goodness.  And in all seriousness, when I do purchase cake mixes, I really do prefer Duncan Hines.  See?  Here’s the proof, back when I knew absolutely nothing about food blogging and even less about taking pictures.

Since I hadn’t tried some of Duncan Hines newer products, I decided to give a few of those a try:

duncan hines ingredients

Okay, the Wilderness-Comstock apple pie filling was not new to me, but I thought it would be a great way to spice up the Apple-Caramel cake mix.  And boy, was I right.  I have no doubt that the mix would have been wonderful just on its own, but the fruit filling gave the dessert a little more of a “homemade” feel.  You all know how I feel about homemade stuff, right?

To make this cake, I simply followed the directions on the back of the box.  This mix came with a packet of caramel sauce that you dollop over the top of the prepared batter once you pour it in your pan.  Then I used the can of apple pie filling and dropped it onto the batter as well.  Gave it all a swirl, and baked.  We ended up with this:

duncan hines cake 2

And then drizzled the glaze on top:

duncan hines cake 3

If you need a quick and easy dessert for a holiday party this year folks, this one is it!  This cake took less than five minutes to get into the oven, and it baked while we ate dinner.  Not only was this super-simple, but it got rave reviews from the Tall Boy, who isn’t even big on sweets.

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, Duncan Hines has provided me with coupons to give away to my readers for any one (1) free Duncan Hines product ($3.99 maximum value).  To enter for a chance to win simply:  (1) Leave a comment below and (2) “Like” my Facebook page.  (If you already like my facebook page, all you need to do is leave a comment below).  I’ll select two random winners to receive two coupons each.  Winners will be announced on the bottom of this post and also on my Facebook page Monday, December 5, 2011.  USA residents only.  Good luck!!

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for a free Duncan Hines and Wilderness-Comstock product. However, any opinion expressed in this post is solely my own, ’cause that’s how I roll.

The giveway is now closed. was used to select the winners.  Congratulations to lucky commenters #1 and #5–Melanie and BreAna!  Please e-mail your mailing address to me at kitchenmeetsgirl(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll have your coupons out in time for holiday baking!



  1. amy @ fearless homemaker

    i love that you posted a quick weeknight dessert because, let’s be honest, we don’t always have 2 hours every night to make a from-scratch dessert. and this sure looks tasty to me!

  2. Mom

    I think I would love this. i will have to give it a try. It sure won’t take much effort–so easy. My kind of recipe!!

  3. BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced}

    Yum! I love apple recipes. I also love that this recipe is quick and easy. Plus I am definitely a Duncan Hines fan myself. As much as I’d love to bake everything from scratch, there are times when a mix is the way to go. 🙂

  4. Heidi

    This looks amazing! I am excited to bake it up and even more excited to eat it!


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