Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Spiced Apple Cake

Fall is my favorite time of year and fall food is also some of the best around. Fall brings chili, soups and everything involving apples and pumpkins. I've been wanting to make an apple dessert for a couple weeks now but couldn't decide on a recipe. And then I came across this one on Two Peas and Their Pod. It was full of fresh chopped apples and sounded simply amazing! The only downside to this recipe is the prep time, it takes a while to peel and chop all those apples but it is so worth it! My husband wanted to bring some cake to work so I decided to increase the recipe by 50% to make 2 cakes, a 9x13 and 8x8. He ended up taking the larger one into the office and it was pretty much devoured!

Spiced Apple Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups chopped apples (we used 5 total apples, 2 1/2 red delicious and 2 1/2 granny smith)
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 and an 8x8 baking dish. (Note: after baking, there was still room to grow in both baking pans so you could try to make one big cake in the 9x13 pan and increase baking time by 15 minutes)
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and allspice in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl; add in flour mixture and stir until combined. Batter will be very thick.
  4. Stir in chopped apples, mixing until apples have been incorporated and batter is moistened.
  5. Pour 2/3 of the batter into the 9x13 pan and 1/3 into the 8x8. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and set. Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Frosting: Using an electric mixer (or a wire whisk and some strong muscles!), beat together the cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla and powdered sugar. Spread onto cake after it has cooled and try not to eat it all at once! :-)

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