Monday, October 31, 2011

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Once I get into fall mode it is not stop baking for me! My first treat was an apple cake with cream cheese icing. I've actually made this cake a few times already, but haven't been able to get a picture of it. So, finally here it is! Evan literally had to make himself stop eating it the first time I made it! It's perfect of a light dessert, and even better for breakfast with a big cup of coffee. The cake is made with apple sauce, and since they are so delicious this time of year, I decided to make my own! It turned out perfect. 

Recipe adapted from Foodista.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups apple sauce*
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 ounces light cream cheese, room temperature
5 cups confectioner sugar, sifted
1 tsp cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a medium sized bowl, sift  together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and nutmeg. 
In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the oil and both kinds of sugar. Then add the eggs, vanilla and apple sauce. Gradually add in the flour mixture and milk and beat until smooth.
Grease the bottom of two 9 inch round cake pans and divide the batter among the two.
Bake for 22-25 minutes.
In a mixer, beat softened cream cheese with confectioner sugar until just incorporated.  Add vanilla and cinnamon and beat until smooth.
Cool and spread cream cheese frosting. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Homemade Apple Sauce
4 large red apples (peeled, cored, and cut into chunks)
2 cinnamon sticks
A pinch of nutmeg and salt
1 tablespoon of brown sugar

  • Combine all ingredients in a pot and add about a half inch of water.
  • Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Remove cover and reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes. Apples will become very soft. Mash with a fork until you reach your desired consistency. 

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