I had no trouble getting it out of the pan. Very easy to make, but I agree that it lacked the apple taste I was craving. Maybe if the apples were cut into smaller pieces so you get a piece with every bite it would be better. Very moist and I would definately make this cake again, but would try to put in an apple flavoring to add to the taste. I melted the caramels on the stove in a small saucepan and it worked out very well. I thought it would be easier than melting in microwave.