Monday, September 20, 2010

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The Cake Slice: Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

This is the last month we bake out of Nancie McDermott's book. I thought I'd put together a special good-bye and made the Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze into cupcakes with a dulce de leche filling. The cupcakes were delicious and made me wish for those cool fall days. You really can't go wrong with dulce de leche hidden within a warm apple cake.

As a side note, The Cake Slice will begin baking from a new book next month and membership is open once again. If you are interested, you can email Katie at ‘appleandspice[AT]’ with ‘Cake Slice Member’ as the subject. Make sure to include your name, blog name and blog URL.

Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
Source: Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott

Fresh Apple Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
1½ cups vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups finely chopped apples
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

Brown Sugar Glaze
1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp evaporated milk, half-and-half or cream

Method – Fresh Apple Cake

Heat the oven to 350F. Grease a 13 by 9 inch pan or two 8-9 inch cake pans.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir with a fork to mix everything together well.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a wooden spoon or a mixer at low speed until pale yellow and foamy. Add the oil and vanilla and beat well. Stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon and continue stirring the batter just until the flour disappears. Add the apples and nuts, stir to mix them into the batter until fairly uniform. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is golden brown, springs back when touched lightly near the centre and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan. Place the cake (still in the pans) on a wire rack and spoon over the glaze while still hot.

Method - Brown Sugar Glaze

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Then cook for 3-5 minutes.

Spoon the hot glaze all over the hot-from-the-oven cake. Let the glazed cake cool completely before serving straight from the pan.


Rachel said...

Dulce de leche is a nice addition to the already great cake. I enjoyed it too.

Leslie Limon said...

OMG! Just the thought of this delicious cake with Dulce de Leche has me wanting to bake it all over again, even if it is almost 10pm! :)

Katie said...

Your cupcakes were a great idea and I love the sound/look of all tgat dulce de leche filling!