Saturday, December 14, 2013

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Cake

Confession: I made this cake back in September using apples from my Nana's apple tree. Despite the fact that apples might have gone out of season, these will still be delicious with Granny Smith's from the the supermarket!

This recipe is ridiculously simple- basically throw everything into the mixer, waiting to add the apples at the end! The only tedious part (for me!) was peeling the apples, but that was more my lackof patience! Browning the apples makes the cake moist, so is definitely worth the step! 

The cinnamon gives the cake a hearty colour and to your kitchen, an amazing aroma!

I saw this recipe on The Baker Chick using a cream cheese frosting, which I'm not a fan of! So I took the sweeter, easier option, and coated this beauty with dulce de leche straight out of the can! (There's no butter in this, so don't feel too guilty!) The recipe is Martha Stewart's originally, so you know this one will be good! Give it a whirl, and let me know what you think! 

You will need:
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 cups cream flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon *yes, TABLEspoon!*
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 apples, peeled, chopped and cored
1 can dulce de leche (if you don't have any, place a can of condensed milk in simmering water for 3-4hours)

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
  2. Grease a 9x9 inch oven dish (think lasagne dish).
  3. In a large frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 1 tablespoon table sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Add your apple pieces and cook for 3-5 minutes to caramelise the apples and soften slightly.
  4. Mix oil, sugar, vanilla and eggs on a medium speed in mixer.
  5. Add dry ingredients gradually, mix until incorporated. 
  6. Fold in the apples (don't mix as this will break them!)
  7. Pour batter into dish.
  8. Bake for about an hour, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan.
  10. Spread dulce de leche onto cake and serve (with ice-cream!)
  11. Enjoy

I hope you like this cake as much as my family and friends did!! Stay tuned for more scrumptious cinnamon recipes tomorrow!

Stay sweet! x

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