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apple cake with caramel glaze

16 Nov

This cake is yummy!  I think it would be great as a non-traditional Thanksgiving dessert.  When I tasted the caramel, I felt like I had invented the glaze from a bakery maple bar!  It’s the glaze I used for the donuts.

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a bundt pan with baking non-stick spray, or butter and flour it.  Sift together flours, baking powder, salt, pepper, and spices and set aside.  In a large bowl or standing mixer, beat eggs with both sugars until light, about 2 minutes.  Set the mixer to low and add in applesauce, oil, and vanilla until smooth.

Add dry ingredients to wet, incorporating completely but being careful not to over-mix.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool cake for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cookie rack.  Cool completely before glazing.

To make glaze:  Put the butter into a medium saucepan with the brown sugar, cream, and salt and set over medium heat.  Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly, and boil for one minute.  Take off heat.  Cool for 5 minutes.  Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until you have a thick, pourable consistency (you may need more or less than 3/4 cup).  Place the cookie rack over a baking sheet to catch any glaze that drips off the cake. Pour the glaze over the cake, moving slowly and evenly.  Let the glaze set before serving.

Recipe from Sassy Radish.

Using the Weight Watcher’s Recipe Builder, each 1/12 piece has 11 PointsPlus (8 PointsPlus without glaze).

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