Apple Cake

Even though I had been longing for Fall for weeks I had still been resisting getting into the Fall spirit. First of all, I don’t want to rush through the beautiful weather we have in Summer just so that I can make an apple pie and enjoy the smells of Fall. Soon enough I would be complaining that it is too cold, so I try not to take Summer for granted. Secondly, I try not to start my Fall cooking too early. It is a shame to burn out on apple and pumpkin recipes before Halloween even comes. And when is it ok to start getting Halloween decorations out? Would this weekend be acceptable? We already made these decorations so I might as well just get everything out, right? Anyway, I was waiting for the perfect Fall/apple recipe to get me into the spirit. As soon as I saw this one, I was ready to begin the transformation from 90 degree days to 50’s, sweaters, and boots.

This really was the perfect recipe to pull me into Fall. After making this cake I was ready to say good bye to bathing suits and hello to baggy sweaters. After all, it is no coincidence that the season for baggy sweaters and stretchy pants is also the season for eating. This cake takes a bit of work but honestly it wasn’t bad at all. I had two bowls ready to go for my kitchen aid mixer but this recipe only requires one. Nice! The worst part of making this recipe is waiting for the cake to cook (1 hour 15 minutes in my oven) and then cool (2 hours!). Torture! But it was all worth it in the end. The cake had a very distinct apple taste. As it should, there was 3 cups of apples + apple sauce. It had better taste like apples! But the cream cheese filling is what really sets it apart. Kelly took this cake to work on Monday and it did not last long! No surprises there!

Here is what you’ll need

Start with the filling. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and butter

Beat in the flour, vanilla, and egg. Set aside.

In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients

Toast your nuts!

Add the eggs, canola oil, vanilla, and applesauce

Fold in the pecans and apples

Add about half of the cake batter to your bundt pan. Add the cream cheese filling in the center.

Add the remaining cake batter

Once the cake has cooled start the frosting. Bring the brown sugar, butter, and milk to a boil.

Add the vanilla and slowly whisk in the powdered sugar

Pour the frosting over the cake

Tis the season for apple cake. And baggy sweaters with stretchy pants.