Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What's Cookin' Wednesday... Caramel Apple Cake!

I know we are in the middle of summer and most folks are going to picnics and planning warm weather fare. However, this time of year I start thinking of the upcoming school year and the idea that autumn is just around the corner! If you have Christmas gifts to make and decorations to plan for the holidays now is the time to get sewing!! All of that gets me in the mood for autumn smells and tastes. On that note I found this recipe for Apple Cake and Caramel frosting. Even though it's a hot day, this cake is well worth it!!

Here's what we did:

Caramel Apple Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup veggie oil
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 cups chopped apples

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan. In a medium bowl mix sugar, oil and eggs together until blended; beat about 1 minute. Then stir in the remaining ingredients, except the apples. Once this batter comes together fold in the apples. Pour into a pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Once the cake is cool smother it in wonderful caramel frosting!!

Caramel Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar

In a medium sauce pan melt butter. Once butter is fully melted add the brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Cook for about 2 minutes then add the milk. Bring back to a boil. Then set aside until lukewarm and gradually add powdered sugar. Then place the the pan in a bowl of cold water and beat out the lumps until it is smooth and spreading consistency. If it's to stiff add more milk 1 teaspoon  at a time. YUM!!

Yum! Yum! Happy stitching, may your bobbin always be full!

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