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Friday, November 4, 2011

Caramel Apple Cake

Annette is looking fetching in her two-piece swing
jacket suit.   She went off without her purse, but was
befriended by a kind gentleman who insisted on
paying her bus fare as well as supplying her with a lovely
new handbag.
She is baking this apple cake as a thank-you.  I bet he
might be expecting something more...
I love the flavors of caramel and apple together in this delicious brown sugar based cake.
20 ounces sliced pie apples (not pie filling)
Dice to ¼ inch, enough apples to equal 2 cups in dry measuring cup.  This will leave about 1 cup of slices that you can use for another recipe.  Set aside apples.
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
Beat until smooth.  Add:
¾ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup water
Beat until combined.  In another bowl, combine:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Add to liquid mixture and beat until smooth. 
Grease and flour 2 baby Bundt pans and put enough batter to just cover the bottom of each pan. 
Mix apples and caramels and toss with 2 or less tablespoons flour to coat. 
2 cups diced apples
1 cup caramel bits (or diced caramels)
Stir the apple and caramel bits into the remaining cake batter and divide evenly between the two pans.  Bake at 350° for 48 minutes.  Remove from pans after resting five minutes.  Cool 30 minutes and top with glaze.
¼ cup (½ stick) butter
Place in glass bowl and cover with waxed paper.  Microwave for 5-6 minutes, watching carefully as the butter browns.  This will be very hot.  Use a piece of cheese cloth or a very fine strainer to remove the browned bits from the butter liquid.  Discard the bits and use the remaining liquid for the glaze.  To it add:
3 tablespoons Cajeta de Celaya (caramel sauce)
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups glazing sugar (or confectioners’ sugar)
Bear until smooth.  Pour glaze over slightly warm cakes.  Allow to cool and set.

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