Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting


For the Cake

1 1/2 cups cake flour,
or 2 2/3 cup all purpose flour + 1/3 cup cornstarch

3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened

1 cups granulated sugar

1 large eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup whole milk

3/4 cup diced green apple, from 2 large peeled Granny Smiths

For the Frosting

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoons water

2 3/4 cups heavy cream

1/5 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cups powdered sugar

For the Cake

Preheatyour oven to 350, then grease a 9" x 9" baking dish and set aside.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.

In another bowl, add butter and sugar, mix for 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

Scrape the bowl and slowly beat in eggs and vanilla.

Alternate adding flour mixture and milk until the batter is smooth.

Then scrape the bowl again and stir in the apple by hand.

Scoop the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Smooth the top and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool to room temperature.

For the Frosting

While the cake is baking, put brown sugar and water in a large deep fry pan.

(You want to have a large heating surface.) Turn on medium heat and bring to a simmer.

Stir and allow to bubble for about 5 minutes, until the syrup is very dark.

Remove the pan from the burner and whisk in heavy cream, vanilla and salt.

Put the pan in the refrigerator to cool to room temperature.

(If you add it to the butter while it's warm, it will melt the butter and ruin the frosting.)

Once the caramel has cooled to room temperature, put the butter in a bowl and beat until smooth.

Add in the caramel, then beat again to combine.

Scrape the bowl and slowly add powdered sugar, then beat until smooth.

Scoop the frosting on top of the completely cooled cake and spread over the top.

Cut into 12 pieces and enjoy!
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