October 7, 2008
Caramel Apple Cake
It's that time of year again...Apple season! When Jamison told me that they were having a going away party today at work I knew I wanted to make something appley to send. So I starting mixing and stirring and this is what resulted!
There are bits of apples and pecan throughout, a fabulous cinnamon flavor and the caramel drizzle just takes it over the top! If you are looking for something to do with your fall apple harvest and like apple cake, then look no further! I've got just the recipe for you!
What You'll Need for the Apple Cake:
3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
3/4 cup of natural brown sugar
2 tablespoons of honey
1/2 cup of safflower oil
1 cup of buttermilk
2 tablespoons of vanilla
2 apples, chopped (Note: I used Granny Smith, but any apple will do. Also there is no need to remove the peel.)
1 cup of pecans, chopped (Note: I measure them and then chop.)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl stir together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar until incorporated. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add eggs, honey, safflower oil, buttermilk and vanilla and stir until completely mixed. (Note: The mixture will be thick.) Stir in apples and pecans until mixed through and pour into a 13 X 9 inch dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Make sure batter is spread out evenly throughout the dish.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until cake is golden and sticks done with a toothpick. Let cool completely and then top with Caramel Drizzle (see below).
What You'll Need for the Caramel Drizzle:
1 cup of natural brown sugar
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of heavy cream
In a medium sized pot melt sugar and butter in heavy cream. Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour over the top of the cooled Apple Cake (see above).
Notes: You could use walnuts in place of the pecans if you liked. You could also add in a cup of raisins if you liked.
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So everyone get out there and enjoy this glorious fall afternoon!
Posted by Dianne at October 7, 2008 12:38 PM
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That looks and sounds yummy!
Posted by: cjmr at October 7, 2008 5:02 PM
I love this combo...It just works so well together!
Posted by: Dianne at October 7, 2008 8:13 PM
This looks great! I love apples and caramel together.
Posted by: Erin at October 7, 2008 9:30 PM