Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday Menu ~ Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake

Hello, October! Thanks for bringing Fall with you!

Here is a yummy, yummy cake recipe that smells like Fall, tastes like Fall, and makes you all happy inside that there IS a Fall! This recipe comes from my Costco Connection magazine, of all things...and I'm so glad it caught my eye. It is a perfect piece of something to have with a hot mug of something. Make sure you eat the cake really adds to the yumminess! Enjoy:

Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake


1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

3 eggs

3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

5 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. (I used 3 Granny Smith and 2 Fuji)

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

2 1/2 tsp. vanilla


4 TBSP butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

pinch of salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

Butter and flour a 9x13 pan.

To prepare cake, beat both sugars and oil together until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla and blend. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg; add gradually to egg mixture, mixing just until blended. Add apples and nuts, and stir until well-combined. This is a thick batter! Scoop into pan and spread evenly.

Bake at 325 for 50-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine took about 65 minutes. Let cool in the pan while you prepare the glaze:

To prepare the glaze, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add sugars and salt. Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Add cream, bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Poke holes all over the cake, using a toothpick or skewer. Pour the glaze evenly over the cake. Let it set for at least 10 minutes to let the caramel soak into the holes. Serve warm.

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