Spiced Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

posted by Louise December 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm Baking, Recipe No comments , , , , ,

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Yesterday was the first Saturday I have been at home for a while so after a lazy morning pottering around I decided to bake Spiced Apple Cake. The smell whilst it was cooking was divine and festive so I thought it apt to share on the first day of December (apologies for the instagram but hey, it was the weekend and even a photographer has to put her camera away sometimes!).

I adapted the recipe slightly from Adventures in Cooking blog (which has beautiful photography and lots more recipes), but only because I was too lazy to make the caramel and I didn’t have any cloves so used mixed spice instead. I converted the measurements manually with an online converter. The finished thing tasted delicious, so I would very much recommend it for a Christmas treat!

Spiced Apple Cake Ingredients

3 Eggs

280g Apple Sauce

212g Granulated Sugar

240ml Vegetable Oil

42g Brown Sugar

2 and 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

280g Flour

1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon Mixed Spice

70g Raisins

Salted Caramel Frosting Ingredients

300g Icing Sugar

280g Butter

1 Tablespoon Milk

1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

397g Tin of Carnation Caramel

1 Teaspoon Salt

Method

Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees.

For the cake, beat together the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, apple sauce, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until combined. Mix together the bicarbonate of soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice in a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the egg mixture and beat until the batter is smooth then stir in the raisins. Pour the batter into 2 well-greased and lightly floured 8-inch cake pans and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Whilst the cake is baking you can be preparing your frosting by mixing together the icing sugar and butter until smooth, then adding the milk and vanilla extract. Finally mix in the caramel and add the salt. Feel free to add more salt if needed to give that contrast with the sweet caramel. Once the cake is cooled sandwich them together with the frosting and cover the top and sides with the remainder.

 

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