Applesauce Harvest Cake With Caramel Icing
|1||cup unsalted butter, softened|
|1||cup granulated sugar|
|¾||cup brown sugar, packed|
|2 ¾||cups flour|
|2||teaspoons baking powder|
|½||teaspoon baking soda|
|1 ½||teaspoons cinnamon|
|1||teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg|
|¼||teaspoon ground cloves|
|1||cup natural applesauce (no sugar added)|
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs and beat until thoroughly mixed; set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternating with applesauce and milk; the batter will be thick.
Line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter evenly into the pans and bake in a preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven, cool 10 minutes, and turn them out on a wire rack to cool completely. When the cakes are cool, frost with Caramel Icing.
|¾||cup unsalted butter|
|1||cup dark brown sugar, packed|
|1||14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk|
|dash of salt|
|7||cups confectioners sugar|
|1 ½||teaspoons vanilla|
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter with brown sugar and stir in the sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove it from the heat and set aside 5 minutes to cool.
Pour the mixture into a large, heat-proof bowl and gradually beat in confectioners sugar with an electric mixer; stir in vanilla. Set the icing aside 20 to 30 minutes until it is cool and thick. Stir it with a spoon until smooth and spread on the cake.
Recipe makes one 9-inch 2-layer cake.