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Family Friendly Fridays: Caramel Apple Cake

Just when you thought it was safe to tighten up your belt again, I present to you the caramel apple cake.

Now just try and tell me that doesn’t sound good.

The inspiration for this delicious creation was actually gleaned from my newly aged five year old, Alex.  When asked what flavor of cake he wanted to have for his birthday, he promptly replied, “Apple”.  I thought about it for a minute, taking into consideration the fact that it was something of a unique answer from what the typical child might request, and then decided that it was no challenge for this mom of three.  If apple cake was what he wanted, then apple cake was what he would get.  And boy did he ever get it.


Check out this beautiful slab of deliciousness.  See if you can spot the little hints of caramel in the cake.

Have I woken up your sweet tooth yet?

Ingredients Needed:

For the Cake:

2 Sticks of Butter
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Cup of White Sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp of Vanilla
31/2 Cups of Cake Flour
2 tsp of Baking Powder
1 12 Oz Can of Evaporated Milk
2 tsp of Apple Pie Spice*
2 Large Apples, Peeled and Chopped
7 Oz. (1/2 Bag) of Cubed Caramels, Chopped

For the Icing:

7 Oz. (1/2 Bag) of Cubed Caramels
3 Tbsp of Heavy Cream
1 Stick of Butter
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar

Let’s do this.  Cream together two sticks of butter along with the brown and white sugars.

Next up, add in your eggs and vanilla.  Mix it well and add in your cake flour and baking powder.

Combine the ingredients together and then add in your evaporated milk and your apple pie spice.

Lastly you’ll add in your apples…

And the best part, the chopped up caramels.

Fold them into the mix, grab yourself two 9″ cake pans that have been greased up and lined with parchment, and pour equal amounts into each pan.

Place them in an oven set to 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Can you see the apples and, more importantly the caramel poking up from the cake?

How about now?

Hello caramel apple cake.  Where have you been all my life.

But of course, I wouldn’t stop there.  Oh No.  We still need to make some frosting for this delicious masterpiece.

Grab the other half of the bag of caramels and throw them in your double boiler along with the cream.  Melt it on low heat and savor the results.

Once it’s melted completely, remove it from the heat and give it a few minutes to cool back down.

While your caramel is cooling, drop a stick of butter (I warned you not to tighten your pants up) and the powdered sugar into your mixer.  Bring your cooled melted caramel over and drop it into the bowl as well.  Mix it all together and behold a thing of beauty.

Now, it’s time to take that layer of cake above and do this to it:

And then double the pleasure by dropping the second layer on and repeating the process until you’re left with this.

Be still my beating heart.  Or more appropriately, be loose my tightened belt.

Caramel Apple Cake

Ingredients:

For the Cake:
2 Sticks of Butter
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Cup of White Sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp of Vanilla
31/2 Cups of Cake Flour
2 tsp of Baking Powder
1 12 Oz Can of Evaporated Milk
2 tsp of Apple Pie Spice*
2 Large Apples, Peeled and Chopped
7 Oz. (1/2 Bag) of Cubed Caramels, Chopped

For the Icing:
7 Oz. (1/2 Bag) of Cubed Caramels
3 Tbsp of Heavy Cream
1 Stick of Butter
3 Cups of Powdered Sugar

* If you don't have apple pie spice, you can make your own by adding together 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice and 1/4 tsp cardamon.

Directions:

Cream together the two sticks of butter along with the brown and white sugars.

Next up, add in your eggs and vanilla. Mix it well and add in your cake flour and baking powder.

Combine the ingredients together and then add in your evaporated milk and your apple pie spice.

Lastly you'll add in your apples and the chopped up caramels.

Fold them into the mix, grab yourself two 9" cake pans that have been greased up and lined with parchment, and pour equal amounts into each pan.

Place them in an oven set to 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Grab the other half of the bag of caramels and throw them in your double boiler along with the cream. Melt it on low heat.

Once it's melted completely, remove it from the heat and give it a few minutes to cool back down.

While your caramel is cooling, drop a stick of butter and the powdered sugar into your mixer. Bring your cooled melted caramel over and drop it into the bowl as well. Mix it all together.

Frost cake with frosting and enjoy.