Sweet and Lovely Recipes: Apple Spice Cake

I love this blog — always so many great, delicious recipes.  Here’s one that looks particularly perfect for the cold weather and the Christmas season.

Apple Spice Cake, from Bake or Break

For the cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/3 cups vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3-4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped assorted nuts (pecans, almonds, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on high speed, combine oil, sugar, and eggs on high speed until blended. Mixture will be lemon yellow. Decrease mixer speed to medium, and gradually add flour mixture. Mix just until blended. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples and nuts.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 75-90 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove cake from oven and cool slightly on wire rack. Then, invert cake onto rack to cool completely.

For the caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened to desired consistency.
  2. Pour over cake immediately.
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