Today is Larry’s birthday, so he had to have a cake. I made him a caramel apple cake. He loves anything with apples and cinnamon, but then again, he is German, and apples and cinnamon are as much a German tradition as potatoes and sausages. German Sausage and Potato Bake. The idea of this cake came from one of my blogger buddies, over at https://thebrookcook.wordpress.com. Thank you so much for the idea. Larry is not a coffee fan, so I eliminated the coffee. It is a simple cake that is loaded with apples.
Caramel Apple Cake
preheat the oven to 350* F or 180* C.
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 vegetable or canola oil
4 cups or 2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup lukewarm coffee, optional
Mix the flour, salt, spices and baking soda together and set aside.
Mix the butter and sugar together until it is creamy. Then add the eggs, one at a time, the oil and the vanilla. Mix everything together until well blended. If you are using coffee, add it in at this point.
Add the flour mixture 1/2 batch at a time, mixing in between. I had some leftover apples and cinnamon from my Thanksgiving rustic apple tart that I used as well, so this cake was full of apples and cinnamon. Rustic Apple and Almond Tart
Fold in the apples by hand.
Once all the apples are well incorporated into the dough, spread it evenly into the greased baking pan.
Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until the cake is springy and done, and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. When the cake is done, poke holes all throughout the cake so the caramel filling can go into the cake too.
While the cake is still hot, make the caramel topping and evely pour over the top of the cake.
The Caramel Topping
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix all the ingredients together, except the vanilla, in a saucepan and cook until the sugar and butter are completely melted and you have a smooth sauce. Stir constantly.
Add the vanilla to the sauce and mix in well.
Pour the sauce over the cake evenly and let the cake and the sauce cool completely before cutting.
When the cake is ready, warm it up a bit and serve it with either ice cream or whipped cream if you like. Larry loves his ice cream and has some almost every night. This time he got to have his cake and ice cream and eat it too. Happy Birthday Larry. Love you always and forever.
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.