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Apple cake with caramel-cinnamon topping

This one was a big hit with everybody who had it, so I figured I'd post the recipe. I even had a friend's grandmother ask me for it! (Little did I know anyone would want the results of my kitchen improv/mad science.)

Apple cake:

2 1/4 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups baked, mashed apples (or applesauce)
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a 2:1:1 ratio, to taste. (I have no idea how much I put it.)

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour cake pan(s). Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, scraping and blending until smooth. Pour into pans.

Bake 30-45 minutes, depending on pan. (Layers are about 30, Bundt pans are closer to 45) Cool the cake.

Caramel-cinnamon topping

14 oz (one can) dulce de leche (make by boiling 1 can of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours, completely covered in water)
1 cup cinnamon chips

Mix together in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until smooth and pour onto cooled cake.


I baked the apples myself for this one. I took three apples, sliced them, and threw them in a pan half covered in water. On top I tossed maybe two tablespoons of dark brown sugar, a teaspoon or so of cinnamon (bit more, probably), half a teaspoon of nutmeg, and a generous pinch of allspice. (That stuff is potent!) I baked it for an hour or so, checking it and stirring the apples around every twenty minutes, give or take. Then I smashed it to teeny bits with a potato masher and threw it in a cake!

For a healthier cake, omit half (or all, if you're feeling ballsy) of the shortening and add half as much milk as you removed shortening. So if you take out 1/4 cup of shortening, add 1/8 a cup milk. Or more apples!


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Jan. 11th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll forgive me for not having had some. I'm not really a proponent of apple in food.

It looked fantastic, and I love the way your topping flowed down along the valleys. It was very pretty!
Jan. 12th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Y'know, I hadn't actually realized/paid attention to you not having any until you mentioned it. *laughs*

No apples next time you're over, promise.
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