Apple Filling Recipe

Apple Filling Recipe

This apple filling recipe is more than just a filling.

It can also be used as a topping for cheesecakes & ice creams.

This recipe originally came from my Hot Apple Pie Recipe which was aptly named due to the style of cooking the filling before piling it into the pie shell…..but that is for another day, because today we are making this filling specifically for the Caramel Apple Cake.

Yes folks, cinnamon apple layer cake filled with sweet cinnamon apple filling, caramel buttercream and more caramel poured over top!


Vegan Caramel Apple Cake

So if you stumbled onto this apple filling recipe and said, “what the heck would I ever do with this?”

Wonder no more…because I just opened up a whole world of apple bliss!

Now only one question remains: Which recipe will you make first!??

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Apple Filling Recipe
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Serves: 2 cups
  • Water ½ cup (120ml)
  • Granulated Sugar ¼ cup (50g)
  • Ground Cinnamon 1 teaspoon (2g)
  • Granulated Sugar 2 Tablespoons (25g)
  • Cornstarch 2 tablespoons (20g)
  • Water 2 Tablespoons (30ml)
  • Diced Apples peeled and cored 1½ cups (approximately 2 medium apples) (200g)
  1. Boil the first 3 ingredients together
  2. Prepare a slurry with the other sugar , cornstarch and water
  3. Add the slurry to the boiling mixture and whisk continuously while it thickens.
  4. Add the diced apples and turn heat to medium-low, simmer for about 5 minutes until slightly tender
  5. Transfer to a container and allow to cool before using in a cake, or use as a hot topping for ice cream or other desserts
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks

Apple Filling Recipe




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  1. I’m 70, retired and have found a hobby thanks to you. Your recipes are wonderful and your writing is delightful.

    My wife and I thank you, as well as, residents in our complex who look forward to receiving some of your treats. I’m not always successful but when I am, they love it.

  2. thanks so much for your apple filling, I believe this is the best recipe, simple, easy , wonderful absolutely!! I love it! Thanks again

  3. Hi Gretchen,

    This looks great for a cake filling, but seems a bit too chunky for a cupcake filling. Would it be too watery if I grated the apples for a cupcake filling?

  4. I came about over a whole sack of apples and I already tested this recipe and love it for all kinds of fillings (pie, cake even alone) now my question is, could I freeze this once made? I have about 20-30 kilos of Apples and no better idea on how to use them. Could I cover it with perhaps some gelatine and then freeze to prevent rotting and discolouration? I have no other ideas.

  5. Hi
    im 15 and I just want to say you that you wunderful and that your
    recepies are amazing
    But I have a Question can I put this filling in your Danish Dough and bake it to gether?

    1. a couple months (it may separate and be a bit watery upon thawing though, so just stir it back together (you can even reheat it and get it back to the original consistency)

  6. I want to make apple cinnamon filling I will be adding to my freek yoghurt and I wonder how healthy is this recipe, or should I say how unhealthy? 🙂 what changes could I make to keep it on the healthy side, diet appropriate, but still delicious? Substituting sugar with some healthier sweetener? Substituting corn starch somehow? Would chia seeds work for connecting everything together?
    Thank you in advance for your suggestion.

    1. You can get back on the sugar or try a sugar alternative sure. The cornstarch is the binder here, but you are free to try something else for sure! Keep me posted if the chia works

  7. Really great recipe! I tried this today to make ahead for some mini apple pies for a Christmas open house. I quadrupled the recipe and put it in two quart canning jars. I used a variety of apples I had from a trip to the orchard and tossed them with lemon juice to ensure safety for canning. Of course, I left some out for me to taste, and it is absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making more to have on hand! Thanks, Gretchen!!!

  8. Hi Gretchen. I am making a multi tiered vanilla cake with salted caramel buttercream icing. I want to put sautéed apples on top of the buttercream inside the layers
    Can I put your recipe on top of the buttercream, and do you think it will be okay to serve the next day. I am concerned about it running thru the layers. Thanks so much. Joyce

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