October 23, 2015

Spiced Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Buttercream Frosting

It's no secret that I love baking cakes (especially this spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting). Of all the cooking and baking I do, cakes are my favorite to create. I'd bake them more often if it didn't mean I'd have to eat it! Cake baking is reserved for special occasions and for when we're having company or going somewhere. That way, I have others to help make it disappear. A few weeks ago, we had family visiting so I took the opportunity to try a new cake and frosting. After much thought, the spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting was born. Speaking of born, today is my sister's birthday. Since she lives far away, I'm sharing this recipe today in her honor, as a virtual birthday cake.

My goal was something that was light, appley and spicey, without being too overwhelming, sweet yet not too sweet, and that screamed autumn. What I wanted was in my head so I looked at a few recipes to get an idea of what I wanted to do. Nothing matched what I imagined my cake to be, so I threw various things together and came up with this spiced apple cake. Buttercreams I always create off the top of my head (consulting with a baker friend of mine), using the basic butter/confectioners sugar/milk base. I kept it as a single layer because having a filling would make the cake too sweet and rich. The cinnamon gives the frosting a nice brown color that works well with orange sprinkles to give it the look of fall. When all is said and done, you get a spiced apple cake that isn't too heavy or cloying, has just the right amount of apple, tastes amazing, and a cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting that tops it off beautifully (and could be eaten by the spoonful itself).

Fall Recipe Week
All week I'm introducing you to easy, tasty recipes that are perfect for fall. Stop by each day for a new recipe: easy chicken pot pie, rosemary & garlic pork chops with cranberry quinoa, best-ever apple crisp, and homemade cinnamon applesauce. I'm also sharing a roundup of yummy autumn recipes from other bloggers.

Spiced Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Buttercream Frosting

by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus decorating
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake apple cinnamon nutmeg Halloween Thanksgiving birthday cake fall winter spring
Ingredients (15-20 servings)
    For the Cake
    • 2 large Gala and 2 large Stayman apples, peeled and cored, three diced and one put through a food chopper
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (not cake or pastry)
    • 2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1.5 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
    For the Frosting
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (do not use margarine)
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 3 cups confectioners sugar
    • 1 tsp milk
    • 3 tsp ground cinnamon

    For the Cake
    Preheat oven to 350
    In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
    In a second bowl, mix together butter, sugar and eggs on high until well combined
    Combine flour mixture to the wet mixture just until combined, don't over mix
    Fold in apples
    Spray a 9x13 pan and line with parchment paper
    Pour batter evenly in the pan
    Bake for 20 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick poked into the center of the cake comes out clean
    Let cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack to let it cool completely

    For the Frosting
    Combine butter, 2.5 cups of the sugar, 1.5 tsp cinnamon and salt. Beat until creamy.
    Add milk
    Beat until smooth and creamy, at least 5 minutes
    Add the remainder of the sugar and cinnamon bit by bit, tasting as you go. Stop when you reach the sweetness and spice levels you prefer. You may end up needing a bit more of either, depending on your tastes
    Frost the cake and enjoy!

    The lighting is off on this pic so a new one is coming soon.

    To make cakes easier to frost, I love using frosting knives. This set that I got doesn't cost very much and works great.

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    1. This looks amazing!! I have never baked a pie or cake from scratch.. is that bad?! ;)

    2. This looks and sounds amazing!! That frosting alone!!! Yum!! I just love buttercream!!

    3. This cake sounds SO good! I know my boys would love it. Perfect for a brunch too!

    4. Sounds AMAZING! I need to try it!

    5. This sounds like an amazing combo! Pinning now!


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