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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Caramel Apple Cake

Today I'm participating in Potluck Sunday over at Mommy's Kitchen. Head on over to grab some great recipes. Thanks to Tina for hosting and letting us share our recipes with her readers!


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Everytime apples are on sale, I have to buy some. I don't know why; it's like I think there will be an apple shortage or something, LOL. So, imagine my surprise when I found 3-5lb bags of apples, in our cold storage room the other day. That's right, 15 lbs of apples!! Well, of course I now need to use all these apples, before they turn on me. I guess that's what I get for being obsessed with buying apples. I wanted to make something special for Mr.B, who has a cold and hasn't been eating all that well lately. So it had to be somewhat healthy too. I liked this recipe, since it used Whole Wheat flour and seemed to have more apples than batter. Let me tell you, this cake is a winner! It's moist and soft, with hints of tender apple and crunchy nuts. The caramel sauce brings it to another level, without making it too sweet. The spices aren't overwhelming and bring a comforting warmth to it all. I made a cinnamon whipped cream, to add a touch of richness and a hint of glamor to the cake. Mr.B enjoyed a piece for breakfast this morning, and I didn't feel guilty about him having cake for breakfast, LOL.


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Caramel Apple Cake
Submitted by Jennifer (on Cooking for your Family)

4 C. apples - peeled, cored and sliced thinly
1 C. sugar
1/3 C. Canola Oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 C. whole wheat flour
1 C. white flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/3 C. finely chopped walnuts (almonds or pecans also work)

Sauce

5 tbsp. butter
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. half and half (my sub evaporated milk)
Pinch salt
1/2 t. Vanilla extract

Mix together apples and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl stir together flours, salt, soda and spices. Stir dry ingredients into apples until well blended. Mixture will be very thick. Mix in the nuts. Pour into a 9x13 pan that you have sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake in 350 oven for 45 min, or until cake starts to shrink away from sides of pan.While cake is cooling, make caramel sauce.

Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in brown sugar. Add half and half and salt and heat to a boil stirring frequently. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly until it reaches desired thickness. Stir in vanilla. Slice the cake and serve with some of the sauce spooned over the top. (Store leftover cake with a lid, or plastic wrap over the top so it doesn't dry out. Store the caramel sauce in a separate container with an air-tight lid in fridge).

Cinnamon Whipped Cream
1/2 C whipping cream
1 Tbs sugar
1 dash cinnamon

In a chilled bowl, beat whipped cream until soft peaks for. Add in sugar and cinnamon and beat until stiff peaks for. Store in the frige for up to 4 days in a covered container.

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6 comments:

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

I love apple cake... and that sauce puts it over the top!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

That cake looks to die for. And that sauce omygoodness!!!! Ty for linking up to potluck sunday. I thought i was the only one to think about dinner first thing in the morning, glad I am not the only one.

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

This look delicious, I am bookmarking it! thanks for sharing.

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your caramel apple cake sounds just wonderful - mind you, you had me at 'caramel'!! I like that it has whole wheat flour in it, so that it is a little bit good for you, and that cinnamon whipped cream sounds fantastic!

HoosierHomemade said...

That's look amazing! I love this time of year with all the apple recipes!
Thanks for sharing with us while we Celebrate Autumn!
~Liz

Deep in the Heart of Happy said...

This cake is my new love...seriously. I think I have the same problem with apples. Should we start a twelve step group? And why is it that I can never seem to do the same thing with things like Gulf Shrimp or Hooter's Wings???