Spiced Apple Cake

Happy New Year!

I hope you’re all having a lovely and cozy holiday!

It’s been a lot of back and forth for me these past few weeks. Because this is such a busy time of year, I wasn’t able to get just one solid chunk of time off work, so it’s been 5 days on the island and then 5 days back at home and repeat. Which hasn’t been too bad! My parents came to stay with me during my time away, as well as a couple of my girlfriends! And I got to spend time with the lovely ladies I work with, who I adore.

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And now I’m home again! Gearing up for the new year and flipping through cookbooks and magazines deciding what to make next.

When winter rolls around all I crave is things that are full of spices, butter and sugar. So combine it all together and what do you get? A spiced apple cake!

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Apples are the ultimate winter fruit, and they’re so versatile. Eat ’em as is, dip them in peanut butter, cook them, or…caramelize them in brown butter? Oh yes I think so.

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This spiced apple cake is moist, fluffy and not too sweet. So the sweetness of the creamy frosting balances it out great, and the caramelized apple is a decadent touch.

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Spiced Apple Cake
Adapted from Crepes of Wrath

Ingredients:

Cake:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unfiltered apple juice or apple cider
1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Sugar sprinkles:

1/2 cup granulated or coarse sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Caramelized Apples:

2 medium sized apples (I used ambrosia)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Frosting:

3 cups icing sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons apple cider
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon whole milk

Method: 

Caramelized Apples:

  1. Core apples, and dice into small pieces.
  2. Heat the butter in a small sauce pan on the stove top on medium-low
  3. Let the butter brown. Once dark golden and caramelized, add apple
  4. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until just combined.
  5. Turn heat to low and let simmer until thickened and apples are soft.
  6. Set aside

Sugar and Spice Sprinkles:

  1. In a small bowl mix together sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
  2. Set aside

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Spray a 9 inch round spring form pan with non stick spray, set aside
  3. In a electric mixer beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar for a couple minutes until fluffy
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing just until combined in between
  5. Add vanilla extract and vegetable oil, mix until combined
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
  7. In a small separate bowl, mix together apple cider and milk
  8. In 4 inclusions, add dry ingredients then apple cider mixture, alternating. Mix until just combined.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan
  10. Sprinkle with spiced sugar
  11. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. (Try to keep from over baking. The less dry the cake, the fluffier it is)
  12. Let cool for 30 minutes, then remove from pan and then let cool completely

Frosting:

  1. In electric mixer, beat together icing sugar, butter, apple juice, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg
  2. Start on low, then as soon as it’s combined turn up to medium high for 5 minutes until smooth and fluffy

To Build:

  1. Spread frosting with a spatula or offset spatula in a neat mountain
  2. Pile on caramelized apples
  3. Sprinkle with any left over spiced sugar

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Happy eating! x

 

 

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