Fall Applesauce Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Icing

By on September 30, 2016

Fall Applesauce Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Icing

This fabulous cake, submitted by Karla Haege, will surely be the hit of any party!

Make the Cake

  • 4 layers as pictured
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 32 oz of applesauce
  • 6oz box of raisins
  • 8oz shelled walnuts chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour four 9 inch round baking pans.
Combine the first seven (dry) ingredients.
In a mixer bowl beat butter with electric mixer for 30 seconds.
Add sugar and beat till well combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1 minute after each.
Add dry ingredients and applesauce alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each addition.
Turn into pans. Sprinkle nuts and raisins on top of batter in the pans.
Bake for 20 minutes or till done. Cool on wire rack.

Make the Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of syrup
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

In a mixer bowl beat butter till light and fluffy.
Gradually add about half of the powdered sugar, beating well.
Beat in the milk and the vanilla.
Gradually beat in syrup, then remaining powdered sugar and brown sugar until thick and creamy.
Once cake layers have cooled, stack each cake layer with a layer of frosting in between.

Make the Caramel Topping

  • 14oz or 1 can sweet & condensed milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Put can of milk and brown in medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil on medium heat whisking continuously.
Reduce to simmer for five minutes whisking continuously.
Whisk in butter and vanilla.
*Do not prepare ahead as caramel will thicken quickly.
Drizzle over cake.

Add the Apples on Top
Put a skewer in the bottom of the apple and a broken stick in the top.
Slide the skewer into the cake leaving the apples on top of the cake then drizzle caramel over the apples.