I don't make many layer cakes, mainly because of the extra time and labor involved. Christmas calls for something a little extra special though, so I put together this dreamy caramel apple spice cake.
The idea for this cake is based off of a cupcake recipe that we absolutely love. Since the cupcake recipe yields a rather light and delicate cake, I used a slightly different version to make sure the layers would be sturdy enough to handle being stacked into a cake.
The cake is iced with an indulgent caramel cream cheese frosting, which is the same one we use in our cupcake recipe. Because it's a rich, soft frosting, it doesn't lend itself well to fancy piping, so I just used an offset spatula and did a rustic, textured covering of frosting on the tops and sides of the cake. I garnished the whole thing with crushed Speculoos cookies, but ginger snaps would work great as well.
The layers are filled with cooked cinnamon apples and they are an amazing complement to all of the other flavors in this cake. The spice cake layers are dense enough to make layering them a simple process, but the cake is moist and full of spice without being overpowering.Print