An Apple a Week: Spiced Apple Layer Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting and Caramel

October 6, 2014

There’s something indubitably autumnaland, let’s face it, a bit expectedabout spice cakes and their accompanying slather of sweetened cream cheese. So let’s shake up the standard, shall we? Think creamy-tangy goat cheese frosting and a drizzle of buttery-sweet caramel over layers of melt-in-your-mouth spiced apple cake. Though it’s true that sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, in this case, it’s deliciously far enough.


For the Cake

WHAT YOU’LL NEED3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon ginger
pinch nutmeg
½ cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 ½ cup applesauce

HOW TO MAKE IT Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour four 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. In another bowl, mix milk and vanilla extract. In a third bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat in. Alternately in increments, add wet and dry ingredients to the butter mixture and incorporate fully each time. Fold in applesauce. Pour your mixture into your pans and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on a cooling rack.

For the Goat Cheese Frosting

WHAT YOU’LL NEED6 ounces goat cheese
8 ounces mascarpone
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE ITBeat all ingredients until well incorporated. Refrigerate for one hour.

For the Caramel

WHAT YOU’LL NEED1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons bourbon
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
pinch allspice‚

HOW TO MAKE ITIn a saucepan, bring sugar and ¼ cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil for about 10 minutes, until caramel is a deep amber color. Reduce heat and add butter and stir until smooth. Stir in cream, bourbon and spices. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.

To assemble cake, place one layer on a cake plate and frost generously with goat cheese frosting. Add each layer, alternating cake and frosting, finishing with a top layer of frosting. Smooth or scrape down sides of cake to expose the sides of the layers. Top with caramel sauce, allowing it to drizzle down the sides of your cake.

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