I knew if anyone would know their shit when it comes to baking, it would have to be Martha Stewart.
I found this new recipe on Martha Stewart's website and tried it out for Eric's family's Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, I basically ate my weight in French onion dip and Fritos and turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and chardonnay, so there wasn't much room for dessert. But being the devoted baker I am, I managed to shove a slice down my throat. And let me tell you, it was gooooood. The caramel glaze REALLY makes this cake a treat.
APPLE SPICE CAKE WITH CARAMEL SAUCE
According to MarthaStewart.com
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 tsp pure vanilla
1 cup light brown
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp pure vanilla
Pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS FOR CAKE
1. Preheat oven to 350 F (176 C). Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. Working over a large sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs. Mix on high speed until batter is lemon yellow.
4. Fold parchment paper in half, creating a valley where the sifted ingredients gather. With a mixer on medium speed, slowly add in dry ingredients until just incorporated.
5. Add apples and nuts to batter. Mix till just incorporated. Same for vanilla.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 75 - 90 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the the thickest part of the cake comes out dry.
7. Remove from oven and cool slightly on a wire rack.
8. Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack.
9. Serve with drizzled caramel sauce.
DIRECTIONS FOR SAUCE
1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until sauce has reached desired consistency.
-The apples and nuts were my favorite parts of the cake. You really can't overdo the apples in this recipe, in my opinion.
-I added more evaporated milk to the caramel sauce than what the recipe called for. I'm guessing it was closer to 1/3 cup. I like the taste of evaporated milk (Ew! Gross!) and I wanted a runnier consistency.
-Keep an eye on the cake as it gets closer to its "done-cooking" time. I made this cake again two days later and left it in the oven a touch too long. It resulted in the apples along the outer edge looking like mini burnt briquettes. Since I didn't want those burnt bits ruining my cake, I just plucked them all out and figured the sauce would hide the holes. In actuality, the sauce did not hide the holes, and instead, my cake had a Swiss cheese effect to it... with caramel sauce pooling in the potholes.
-The caramel sauce really is the star of this cake. The more sauce you can get on your slice, the better. It has a little more flavor than standard caramel, maybe closer to a thinned out dulce de leche. It was gooood.
This cake is really easy to make. And it feeds a lot of people. Try it out for your next holiday gathering!