I'm also pumped because after school I am leaving for NYC with my family! We are DRIVING there. So, if we don't kill each other, by Wednesday night, we will be in NYC to meet up with my little brother and the University of Illinois Marching Band. My brother is a proud member of this band and they are performing in the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving!! How cool is that?
I'm excited to go to New York, see my New York family and see the Macy's Day Parade in person for the first time. It is going to be so fun.
To celebrate, I'm sharing a cake! This Caramel Apple Cake was inspired by the Brown Eyed Baker. I made it for the ladies of my book club and they thought it was one of the best cakes they had ever had. I made my cake with two layers of apple spice cake and then spread some "to die for" cinnamon, caramel cream cheese frosting over the whole thing. Finally, I topped it off with some fresh slices of a granny smith apple. YUM! This dessert is super tasty and it is a great option for a Thanksgiving dessert that celebrates fall flavors.
Caramel Apple Cake
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups unsweetened, plain applesauce
12 oz light cream cheese
1 cup unsalted butter
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp caramel sauce
1-2 tsp heavy cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line two 9 inch circular cake pans with parchment paper. Grease generously.
2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together.
3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar for a few minutes. Beat until it is light and fluffy. Beat in both eggs until well combined.
4. Alternate adding the flour mixture with the applesauce mixture to the butter and sugar. Start and end with the flour. Divide the batter into the two prepared pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Let cool completely.
5. To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together until well combined. Add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until you have a desired taste and consistency. Add in the cinnamon and caramel sauce and beat well. Add in the cream if needed.
6. Once your cake is totally cooled, you can spread a layer of frosting over the top of one layer and the place the other layer on top. Frosting completely and top with some apple slices.