Apple cakes are a Fall favorite for me and this year I stepped up my game and made a little apple dipped in caramel sitting on top. I even broke my cardinal rule of not using fondant! Browned buttercream infused with Fall spices is completely addictive by the way. If you don’t do anything else whip up a batch and slather it on everything! I Partnered up with hello Products for this post. They sent me their naturally friendly training toothpaste for the twins and the apple flavor had the cutest packaging. So cute it inspired the design of this cake!
So if you try to make this apple remember to freeze or chill the apple before you smooth it. That way you can handle it without things falling apart!
A rich apple cake covered in browned buttercream infused with Fall spices and topped with homemade caramel.
- 3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- pinch of ground cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup yogurt plain
- 1.5 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 - 4 apples cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, I prefer honey crisps
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon all spice
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
- 1 pound confectioners' sugar
- 3/4 cup butter browned
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/3 cup cream
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter unsalted
- 1/2 cup cream or half and half
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup fondant
- red food coloring
- green food coloring
- Sift and whisk together the dry ingredients
Mix together the wet ingredients until well combined in a large bowl or stand mixer.
Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
Fold in the apples.
Divide the mixture evenly into four three 6inch pans, which have been buttered and floured. (I always use cake strips too)
- Bake at 350F for approximately 40 minutes or until centers are done.
Heat the butter over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until it is browned to a caramel color. Transfer to a bowl to cool to room temp, add confections sugar, cream and vanilla.
Add spices last.
- Combine ingredients in small pot.
- Heat over medium-low heat while whisking
- Cook for 7-8 minutes
Bake the half circle cake pieces in semi-cricle cake pan for about 12 minutes. Remove them, let sit.
Trim tops and pipe buttercream in between to halves to assemble a sphere.
Cover the outside in buttercream and freeze.
While in the freezer, roll out fondant. Add red food coloring to fondant create skin. Add green food coloring to fondant to create a stem.
Cover the apple in red fondant and shape a leaf with the green.
Add the stem from a real apple and a fondant leaf. Dip apple half way in caramel and place on top of cake.
Place on cake stand. Pipe butter cream and caramel ganache between each layer.
Finish off with dripped caramel ganache.
Add apple to center.
hello’s training toothpaste has cute packaging, is naturally friendly ingredients and tastes great!