The moment I saw this post, I knew I had to give this a try. After a day at the local apple orchard the Taste Tester and I had a few left over apples and I knew it was fate. I had to make this cake. Who doesn’t love a warm, caramel flavored apple dessert during fall?
This cake is moist, has a dense crumb and the perfect balance of spices. I have had cakes where the cinnamon overpowers the entire cake, not so with this beauty. The icing really does make the cake. It is rich and buttery tasting and is equally good on the cake as it is scooped on some ice cream (yes,I did this). It may be too sweet for some (not me) but that is why a small slice is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you are looking for a fall dessert to please non-chocolate lovers or those who are sick of pie, this cake is a great option.
I would double the glaze recipe and use it on top of some ice cream topped with candied pecans or walnuts. Now that is good!
I rate this recipe a 9
Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Icing
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples (I used a mixture of granny smith and gala)
- 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional) (I used about 3/4 cup of toasted walnuts)
Brown Sugar Glaze:
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon heavy cream
For the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease an 8-inch pan (I used square) and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.Stir with a whisk to mix everything together.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a hand mixer til light in color and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well.
Stir in the flour mixture with a spoon and continue stirring the batter til the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts (if using) and stir to mix them into the batter.
Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Place the hot cake on a wire cake. While it’s still hot, prepare the glaze.
For the glaze:
Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
Spoon the hot glaze over the still hot-from-the-oven cake.
*I sprinkled walnuts over the cake before the glaze set.
Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan