Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Apple Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting


Fall is officially  here now.  Perhaps you are like our family in the fall.  Every year we make several stops to the same apple farmer.  It just wouldn't be fall unless we were able to buy apples from this farmer.  He sells early apples called A-Connies, very similar to Johnathan apples.  We are on our third box!  My youngest says they taste like sunshine. These apples inspired her to take to the kitchen to make an apple cake.  She topped it with a simple salted caramel frosting that is perfectly suited for this lovely cake. 

From Tessa Huff, The Cake Blog
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all -purpose flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 medium apples, peeled and chopped
Directions:  Prepare three (eight-inch) round baking pans and set aside.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together.  Set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, place butter and mix on medium-high.  Add sugar and mix together until mixture is light and fluffy.  With the mixture on low, gradually add in eggs and vanilla extract.  Starting and ending with the flour mixture, alternate by adding in the dry ingredients and milk.  Stir in the chopped apples to combine.  Pour  batter into prepared baking pans and bake until done about 25 to 30 minutes.  Cool on baking rack.  Make Salted Caramel (see below) and frost cake.  Talley had additional cake mixture, so she baked a little cake and then crumbled the cake on top for a nice, warm look.

She adapted this  cheater version for this Salted Caramel Frosting from Sally's Baking Addiction Blog.  
1/2 cup ( 1 stick)  salted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups powdered sugar -- She used three. 
                             Add brown sugar, and half and half to a medium mixing bowl.  Then add salt and confectioner's sugar, little by little to achieve desired consistency.   Mix until well combined. 

This frosting tastes great on these Samoa Cookies.

Thank you for dropping by my Couch. 


Lynn said...

I'll bet this is a great cake! Love that it's nice and tall too:@)

Debbie said...

I loved salted caramel on just about anything. It's one of my favorite tastes in the whole world. (Which is saying something considering how much I clearly like to taste...) Both the cake and the cookie look delicious.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

My family is like your family, and we have been to a little orchard twice so far. I look forward to the "sweeter" apples in October. That cake looks awesome!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I d love a slice of that cake, Joni, even for breakfast! I made a caramel fudge icing recently, but this one is much easier. I'll give it a try next time. Thanks for sharing.

La Table De Nana said...

I was in an apple cake baking mood too last week..tis the season and yours looks dekish.

Jacqueline said...

This sounds fabulous, especially the frosting. I would want to lick the bowl on this one. My apple tree this year didn't produce one apple so I feel like I really missed out! We bought some yesterday, but it isn't the same as my own.

Sue said...

I am ready to dive into that cake! Wish someone was here that would make one for me, but maybe it's a good thing I don't have it right under my nose! I love fall too!