Thursday, November 15, 2012

Apple Cake with Warm Caramel Sauce

Perfect Pairing: Whipped cream

I think it is fair to say that some of the best recipes come from our grandmas and grandma’s friends.  Am I right?  My mom got this recipe from her mother’s friend years and years ago.  The recipe card is yellowed with age.   I think that this might be the best fall dessert ever.  Seriously.  It is amazing.  You know the famous book, How to Win Friends & Influence People?  You don’t need that book, just this recipe. 

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is a week away!  This apple cake would be a perfect way to round out your holiday dessert table.
When the first fall weather hit my mom wanted to make apple cake.  My parents were in the process of moving and she had no idea where her recipe cards were, probably in a storage unit somewhere miles away.  She decided to make a cake that she saw made on the Food Network by a certain gorgeous Italian vixen.  Well it didn’t go over well.  Apparently it was not good at all and my dad told her to throw away the recipe.  This coming from the man who could win the eating section on Fear Factor meant it was really not good.  He likes everything!  Lesson learned, stick with the original family recipe. 
I learned another lesson with this dessert.  The original sauce recipe said to use cream or milk.  When I went to make the sauce I figured I could use evaporated milk instead of normal milk, and if that worked why not use fat free evaporated milk?  BAD idea.  It still tasted great but was not pretty.  After a little experimenting with an immersion blender it was just right, but not worth the work.  Just use whole milk or cream. Mmmm K?  Trust me.
 The Perfect Pairing for this apple cake with warm caramel sauce is whipped cream.  Why not?  Just do it. 

Apple Cake with Warm Caramel Sauce
Adapted by Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing from Bessie

·         2 cups sugar
·         ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
·         ½ cup shortening
·         2 eggs, lightly beaten
·         2 cups flour
·         2 tsp baking soda
·         1 tsp salt
·         ½ tsp nutmeg
·         1 tsp cinnamon
·         1 tsp vanilla
·         4 cups diced apples, peeled (preferably Golden Delicious or Yellow Delicious)
·         ¼ cup butter
·         ½ cup sugar
·         ½ cup brown sugar
·         ½ cup cream or whole milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In the bowl of a mixer combine the butter, shortening, and sugar.  Cream until combined.  Add the lightly beaten eggs and mix until distributed.  Gradually add in the flour and remaining dry ingredients and vanilla.  Mix until combined, scraping down the sides.  Stir in the apples using a large spatula until evenly distributed.  Pour the cake batter in the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.  A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
To make the sauce, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil in a saucepan or in a microwave-safe bowl.  Boil for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar has completely dissolved. 
Serve the cake topped with the warm sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.


  1. Looks and sounds great! I love a good apple cake with caramel sauce. It's always a bummer when you try recipes and they don't work out, but at least you had this amazing treat to go back to :)

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