i had a heck of a time finding red hots for this recipe!!! i looked for weeks – then one day found some boxes in the target dollar spot section! they must have just put them out since i’ve looked there every visit to target! i was a little skeptical on how red hots would turn into candy apple??? but they kinda did — the hot cinnamon taste was 95% gone replaced by a sweet sticky mess! next time i would use more than 4 apples! the picture is only 1/4 of the 9×13 pan — i didnt have a serving plate big enough to overturn the whole thing!
Candy Apple Cake
1 cup red hots
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup apple juice, divided
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
4 whole Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
1 18.25 ounce box yellow cake mix (or White, or french vanilla)
1 3.4 ounce box vanilla pudding mix, instant
2 whole eggs
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large saucepan, combine the cinnamon candies, sugar, 1/2 cup apple juice, and food color. Heat over high heat, stirring until candies dissolve. Add apples and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the apples are tender; spoon into the baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, and the remaining 1/2 cup apple juice; mix well and spoon over the apple mixture, spreading to completely cover. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool slightly, then invert over a serving platter. Allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.
This recipes origins are totally unknown! But it’s a favorite in these parts! Pretty easy to make, but I must warn you of 2 things. 1 the cake batter is super thick! And 2 it addicting. You can’t eat just one piece!!! I challenge you!!