Caramel Apple Cake- By Popular Demand

Posted on September 3, 2011 by

Here is the much requested recipe for the caramel apple cake I made my husband for his birthday. This is definitely a special occasion dessert for those who count calories and fat grams. I for one do not, but I thought a disclaimer might be in order. The cake is made in three parts: the cake, the caramel apple filling, and the cinnamon butter-cream frosting.

Spice cake:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 large eggs (room temperature)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups applesauce

6 teaspoons buttermilk

Apple filling:

1 pound Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced

2 cups caramel sauce

Cinnamon buttercream frosting:

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter

3-4  cups confectioner’s sugar

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons cinnamon

4 cups pecan pieces

1. Heat oven to 300 F. Butter and flour 3 (9-inch) round baking pans.

2. For the cake batter, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. With an electric mixer, beat butter until light; then add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, blending thoroughly before adding the next. Add vanilla and applesauce, and beat until smooth. Mix in half of the dry ingredients. Before they are completely blended in, add the buttermilk. Mix in remainder of dry ingredients until completely incorporated. Do not over mix. Pour batter into 3 cake pans. Place on center rack of heated oven. Bake 30-35 minutes. Test to be sure it’s done. Remove cake from oven and let cool in pans 15 minutes.

3. For filling, increase oven temperature to 325 F. Combine apples and caramel sauce in baking pan. Bake  until caramel is bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.

4. For frosting, mix all ingredients except nuts on low speed until smooth.

5. To assemble, place one layer on platter or stand. Top with half of the filling mixture. Add another layer. Top with remaining filling mixture. Place third layer on top. Spread frosting on top and sides. Press pecan pieces around side of cake and serve.

If you try it, I hope you like it as much as we did. My husband is a serious dessert snob and he loved it. Enjoy!

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