Caramel Apple Layer Cake with Apple Cider Frosting

Caramel Apple Layer Cake

Caramel Apple Layer Cake with Apple Cider Frosting

prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 35-40 minutes
total time: 1 hour
cool before frosting
Makes 2-layer cake


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup caramel sauce (homemade or jarred)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Apple Cider Frosting:
7 1/2-8 cups confectioners sugar (to desired consistency)
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (8 or 9 inch) round cake pans and set aside
2. In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a second large bowl, beat sugar and oil together with an electric mixer until well combined, about 30 seconds. Add applesauce, caramel and vanilla, beat for 30 seconds, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the buttermilk, and continuing to beat until well combined.
3. Pour batter into prepared cake pans and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Set aside to let cool for 10 minutes, then gently loosen cakes and turn out onto a cooling rack; set aside to let cool completely.
4. For the frosting, put sugar, butter, coder, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Arrange one cake on a large plate and spread about 1 cup of the frosting evenly over the top. Arrange second cake on top then frost top and sides of entire cake with remaining frosting. Set aside at room temperature or in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow frosting to set before serving.
Source: Leah


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