Friday, September 14, 2012

apple caramel cake ~ cinnamon frosted

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it's official - i am ready for fall.
i tried to hang onto summer as long as i could, but i am so ready for 60 degree days, foliage, apples, pumpkins and winter squash.
on monday fall teased us with bright blue skies and cool weather...but summer isn't ready to leave us yet, as of tuesday we are back to 80 degree days.
in last weeks csa there were 4 apples tucked away - a sure sign of fall. i had this cake logged into by post que, an idea that was dreamt up at the beginning of summer.
so, there it patiently waited for me to welcome fall with open arms -  it was originally developed to contain bourbon, but i still had 1/2 a jar of vegan salted caramel and no bourbon - so salted caramel it was!

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my dad is on a big job right now - up at 7am and home by 7pm, dinner, the office work until 9:30pm.
 my dad loves all things apple. so i decided he would be the lucky one to receive this cake.
apples, salted caramel & cinnamon frosting - really, what's not to love about that?

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the cake is simple - a vanilla cake.
i really wanted to the apples to be the main focus - which they were....along with the cinnamon frosting which was amazing. justin asked if he could just eat the top layer and give my dad the apple covered bottom - say what? that boy is crazy, nuh uh not happening.
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the apples are sauteed with a bit of vegan butter, a healthy dose of cinnamon and salted vegan caramel - then sandwiched between 2 layers of vanilla cake and topped with cinnamon frosting,

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my dad planned on bringing this with him the next day to the job to share with my uncles. i made him promise that he wouldn't tell them it was vegan until they both ate a slice...they aren't the ones that are so open minded- that's my mom's side. they are coming around though!
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i of course snuck the photo op piece for myself and shared it with justin.
we have been making a real effort to limit our sweets to the weekend only - for a while there we were on a sweets overload!
do you ever find yourself with a super sweet tooth - like an every night, gotta have dessert?
well, we did and that had to change, my new dessert is a big ol' mug of tea
- which is actually pretty awesome.

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every year i go apple picking and every year i come home with way to many apples.
tell me, do you have a favorite apple recipe that you can't live without?

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this cake would make a beautiful addition to a fall harvest dinner or thanksgiving day.
and don't forget halloween - this would  be perfect to serve to any guests that drop in!
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Apple Caramel Cake ~ Cinnamon Frosted
makes 1 - 8" layer cake

you will need:

cake
dry
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

wet
1 cup coconut sugar or sugar of choice
3/4 cup soy yogurt
1 very ripe banana mashed or 1/4 cup apple sauce
3/4 cup almond milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp white vinegar

vegan butter for greasing the cake pans
sprinkle of flour for pans

apple layer
2 apples thinly sliced
1 tsp good cinnamon
1 tbsp vegan butter
1/4 cup vegan salted caramel

cinnamon frosting
2 tbsp Vegetable Shortening
2 cups Powdered Sugar
 2 tbsp almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

assembly:
pre heat oven to 350*
*grease and flour the cake pans and set aside

to make the cake
in a medium mixing bow sift together the dry ingredients
in another medium mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients - mix really well.
add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined (no flour clumps) do not over mix.
pour cake batter evenly between the 2 pans - tap pan on the counter to disperse any air bubbles.
bake in the pre heated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean when tested in the center of each cake.
remove from oven and allow to fully cool on wire racks.

while the cakes are cooling make the apple filling
in a medium saute pan, heat vegan butter over medium high heat - when melted stir in cinnamon.
add in apples and toss to coat. cook over medium high heat until softened.
reduce heat to low & add vegan salted caramel - stir until apples are well coated with caramel. turn off heat and set apples aside until ready to use.

make the frosting
in a stand mixer with the wire whisk attachment - add powdered sugar and vegetable shortening - whisk on low until small pea size piece form.
slowly add milk & vanilla -mix on medium until consistency you desire is achieved.
mix in cinnamon.

assemble
once the cakes have fully cooled run a knife around the edge of each cake pan. invert one round onto a serving platter.
top cake round with salted caramel apples.- reserving a tablespoon of apples to garnish the top of the cake.

place the second cake round on top of the apples.

frost the top of the cake with cinnamon frosting and garnish with reserved apples.

enjoy!
Yum

28 comments:

  1. Very lovely. I have a jar of caramel sitting around too. I have been considering using it in a tart. But I definitely have at least one housemate who has slowly been sneaking spoonfuls. I can't judge them. Who could resist?

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    1. Thanks Shannon! the tart sounds like such a great idea - seriously who can resist an open jar of salted caramel!

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  2. This looks so delicious. The perfect autumn cake..Your photos are making be hungry for cake and it is 9 am !

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  3. Another beautiful cake, Heather! I was just going to ask how you can make so many awesome sweets and not eat them all. I have such a sweet tooth, too. I may have to start giving away my treats to more people, and I like your "on weekends only" idea. I'm sure your Dad loved his cake! <3

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    1. Aww thanks Meliss - hahaha we give alot of our sweets away and My dad and Uncles LOVED the cake my uncles couldnt believe it was Vegan :)

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  4. If fall means a beautiful cake like this, sign me up! I'm so excited for the new apples hitting the market. :)

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  5. What a beautiful cake to celebrate the arrival of fall. I love the sautéed apples in the middle. I'm going apple picking again next week. Maybe I need to add this to my list of things to make...yum!

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    1. Thank you Alison! The apples in the middle were Justins Fave too :0

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  6. I love the apples in the middle of this cake- what a superb idea! And salted caramel! This cake has fall (and my name) written all over it! I need to start making cakes! :-)

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  7. Amazing :) Nothing describes this cake better! And how sweet of you to make it for your dad during his hectic time!

    I am so ready for fall too- I get so excited seeing all the apples at the market :)

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  8. Oh wow my friend, this cake screams autumn :D
    I absolutely love the filling!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. apples, spice and caramel.. perfect! and a gorgeous cake and pictures as usual:)

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  10. Another beautiful cake Heather! Love the apple and cinnamon combo for Fall, and that's so sweet to think of your dad that way! I would even just make a single layer of this cake and top it with a spoonful of that apple filling...mmm I love warm sauteed apples and pears!

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    1. Thanks Genevieve - I bet pairs would be an awesome sub in for the apples or a combination of the both!

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  11. holy cow there is some serious deliciousness going on in there! i love all the flavors of fall! yum!

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  12. so pretty and looks so yummy. i have been wanting to make salted caramel for a while, this just might be the recipe I try it out in!

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    1. Anything drenched in salted caramel is good in my book :)

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  13. Mmmmmm, this looks fantastic! You are so talented! I can't get enough of fall flavors! Especially apples :)

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  14. The layer of cinnamon apples in the middle of the cake has me drooling!!!! *hehe* Amazing dessert for fall. So pretty. Salted caramel is brilliant. Nom nom nom! :)

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    1. The apples would be so good on anything - pancakes, icecream in muffins, mmmm I'm hungry now :)

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