Thursday, November 13, 2008

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

Get ready for a delicious, decadant dessert! With three sticks of butter in the cake itself and four tablespoons in the caramel glaze, make sure you savor every bite of this! Needless to say, we really enjoyed this cake. The moist, apple-filled cake topped with the buttery caramel sauce is simply divine.

Make sure when you are chopping the apples that you cut them into tiny bite-sized pieces (splash a little lemon juice on the first few you chop to keep them from browning). Anything larger will weigh the cake down once you cut it. I would suggest serving it slightly warm with a side of french vanilla ice cream like we did - you will love it!

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
from Real Simple via Good Eats and Sweet Treats
Makes 16 servings

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the dish
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the dish
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into a 1/2-inch dice
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans (I omitted these)
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Caramel Glaze, recipe below

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x13 baking dish.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and the granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. The batter should be very thick. Stir in the apples, pecans, and vanilla.

Scrape the batter into baking dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes while you make the Caramel Glaze.

With a spatula, loosen the sides of the cake. If you want to remove it from the pan, invert it onto a baking sheet, then invert it again, right-side up, onto a platter. With a toothpick or fork, poke holes all over the surface. Pour on the warm sauce.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with ice cream, if desired. Tip: This rich, moist cake travels exceptionally well in its baking pan.

Caramel Glaze

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 cup heavy cream

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the granulated and brown sugars and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in the cream and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Apple cake is my FAVORITE!!!!!

Maria said...

The glaze looks amazing!! I wish I could have a big piece of that cake!

Jaime said...

mmmm you are making me want some now! :) glad you enjoyed it. i just wish there wasn't so much butter in it so i wouldn't feel so guilty eating it ;)

priscilla joy said...

apple cake is hard to beat, especially with vanilla ice cream and a glaze...this looks so good!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks so good! I wish I could have some of that!

Darius T. Williams said...

I totally can bet that this was AWESOME!