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Fresh Apple Cake With Caramel Frosting

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Grownups might find a piece of this spicy apple cake easier to manage than an apple on a stick, dipped in caramel. Or not. Either way, the cake is delicious and should appeal to Halloween party-goers of all ages.

Fresh Apple Cake with Carmel Frosting

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
3 cups peeled, grated apples
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Caramel Frosting (recipe follows)

Lightly grease and flour a 9-by-11-inch cake pan and set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the brown and white sugars; toss with the apples and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Stir the melted butter into the apple mixture. Beat in the eggs. Beat in the flour mixture just until combined. Add extracts.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until cake tests done (check after 30 minutes). Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before putting on the frosting. Meanwhile, beat together the frosting ingredients. Spread frosting on cake while it is still a little warm.

Note:  If you don’t want to make frosting, you could drizzle each piece of cake before serving with a little caramel sauce from a jar, then sprinkle on some chopped peanuts.  Or, simply sift powdered sugar over the top of the cake.

Adapted from Linda Cicero

Caramel Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar and milk.  Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Cool.

Beat confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture until smooth. If the frosting seems too thick, add a little more milk, or cream, a little at a time until the frosting is of a good, spreadable consistency.

Frost cake.

Adapted from Recipe Zaar

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