Friday, November 26, 2010

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

Joshua, who brought a catalog along for his visit to Santa, knows exactly what he wants for Christmas. I hope Santa was taking notes!

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Earlier this week I had to make a cake for a morning coffee. I wanted to bake something that was seasonal, easy to make and just a little different than standard holiday fare. I found one in the book Southern Cakes, written by Nancie McDermott, that was exactly what I was looking for. I thought the cake would be too sweet for my own taste, but I knew others would love the apple and caramel confection. To my great surprise I found that I like it, too. The small piece I'd cut for myself was delicious and the caramel glaze that covered the top of the cake was amazingly good. The cake is definitely a keeper and, if you have not tried it, I hope you will soon. Here's the recipe.

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by Nancie McDermott

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups finely chopped apples
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
Brown Sugar Glaze
1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch pan. Set aside.
2) Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a fork to mix everything together well.
3) In a large bowl, beat eggs with a wooden spoon or a mixer at low speed until pale yellow and foamy. Add oil, applesauce and vanilla and beat well. Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon and continue stirring batter just until flour disappears. Add apples and nuts, stir to mix them into the batter until fairly uniform. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
4) Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown, springs back when touched lightly and is beginning to pull away from sides of the pan. Place cake (still in the pans) on a wire rack and spoon over the glaze while still hot.
5) To make glaze: Combine brown sugar, butter, vanilla and cream in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture comes to a gentle boil. Then cook for 3-5 minutes.
6) Spoon hot glaze all over hot-from-the-oven cake. Let glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan. Yield: 12 - 16 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Healthy German Apple Cake - Honey and Soy
Butterscotch Apple Cake - Sugar Plum
Cranberry and Apple Cake - Christie's Corner
French Apple Cake - David Lebovitz
Marie-Helene's Apple Cake - Sea Salt with Food
Cinnamon Apple Cake - Elana's Pantry
The Apple Lady's Apple Cake - One Perfect Bite


The Words Crafter said...

I. Must. Make. This. So simple and it's making my mouth water!

This would be perfect to take to all the upcoming gatherings, thanks for posting it!

JG said...

Apple desserts always "hit the spot". This must be very moisty. Yummy!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Mary Sweetie...
Does this ever sound yummy. Perfect for just about any occasion. I thank you for sharing.

Oh how sweet is your Joshua. Catalog in tow for Santa Claus. I love it. Now is he smart or what? I am like you,let's hope Santa was taking notes. One smart cookie there. Just precious Mary and thank you for the share. I love our babies.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Nisrine, Dinners and Dreams said...

Yum! What a delicious cake! I want some!

From the Kitchen said...

What a delicious looking cake and a delicious little boy! I'm sure you can tell that I'm looking forward to grandchildren--some day. Joshua has the right idea for a visit to Santa!


Flavia Galasso said...

Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving..... surely Joshua had it!!!

I love apple recipe....thank you....hugs and blessings

Diane said...

I love anything with apple so this is a must. Diane

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Oh Mary I'm still laughing about your sweet little one on Santas lap! What a great memory.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Rachana said...

I love apple cakes and this looks too delicious :-)

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Pondside said...

Apple and caramel - were there ever two flavours more truly meant to go together?

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Ha ha , i want a catalogue too :-)
I can imagine this cake and am so missing it , its better than those apple bars i baked aint it?
Happy hols with lods of love to U Mary!

Chiara said...

thank you for this wonderful recipe Mary, I love apple cake! hugs and blessings...

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious. Always a crowd pleaser any apple dessert.

Ana Powell said...

I absolutely love this kind of cakes.
Yummy and so moreish.
Lovely clicks.
I hope Santa was taking notes down ♥

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Looks delicious! I made apple bread pudding for Thanksgiving and topped it with toffee bits....very similiar flavors. Hope you had a nice holiday!

Kim said...

I'm a huge fan of apple cakes. in fact, I made two of them earlyer in automn... They were good! this one sounds good to me too!

Deana Sidney said...

gorgeous cake, mary... how I love the brown sugar frosting... can anything be bad about caramel??

Katerina said...

I have so many apples, I am in the search of new recipes. I will try this. The caramel glaze intrigued me.

RamblingTart said...

Oh how lovely! So warming and delicious. Caramel sauce sounds absolutely heavenly with this. :-)

Anonymous said...

Apples and caramel go so perfectly together...that glaze atop the cake is the best touch! Hoping you had a great Thanksgiving :)

Shivani said...

Xmas in the air, :). Liked those snaps

Marguerite said...

Love this wonderful Apple Cake! Looks so moist and delicious and the Caramel Glaze sounds heavenly! And how precious of Joshua to bring the toy catalog! So cute!

Joyti said...

Ooo, this cake sounds enchanting! Yum!

bj said...

This sounds perfect for Christmas Eve night....ummmm

Ginny Hartzler said...

That would be luscious with some coffee! And what a veyy enthusiastic Santa picture!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Apple cake speaks of autumn and long leasurely afternoon by the fire.

Puja said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Mary..
I love apple in baked goodies n this one looks so moist and melting in the mouth kind. Loving and drooling over the pics!

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Honey @ honeyandsoy said...

Lovely looking cake, Mary! A wonderful alternative to my "healthy" one. I think I will choose the sinful version anyday :) Thanks also for including my cake!

Gloria Baker said...

Wonderful Apple caramel cake! look amazing!! blessings!

PD:I love Joshua pic, what smart boy! he! xx

Banana Wonder said...

I am loving this combination - curious what kind of apples you used? I love cakes with glaze, especially brown sugar!

pam said...

Taking the catalog to Santa, that boy is a genius!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Caramel and apple make such a glorious pairing! Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!

Chele said...

I love apple cake and I reckon the addition of caramel is the work of pure genius ;0)

Katrina (Betty Ray) said...

Mary, this looks so simple and so delicious. I will be making this this week!! Hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and yummy.

FOODESSA said...

If that apple caramel delight is as scrumptious as your Joshua is adorable...we've got a winner ;o)

Bookmarking for another apple cake treat ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

dining room table said...

I missed making apple cakes a lot. It has been a long time. I used to make it for family dinners. Thanks for reminding.

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