Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Photo by Holly K.
Adapted from foodnetwork.com

PREP TIME

35

minutes

TOTAL TIME

120

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

35

minutes

TOTAL TIME

120

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    stick butter, plus extra for loaf pan

  • 3

    Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored, cut into 1/2-inch dice and tossed with a little lemon juice

  • 1/2

    lemon, juiced

  • 1

    cup apple cider

  • 1 3/4

    cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for loaf pan

  • 1

    tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1

    tsp baking soda

  • 3 or 4

    grates fresh nutmeg (about 1/2 tsp)

  • 3/4

    cup brown sugar

  • 3/4

    cup sugar

  • pinch of kosher salt

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2

    cup toasted and chopped walnuts (optional)

  • 1/2

    cup golden raisins (optional)

  • Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1

    (8 oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1

    stick butter, at room temperature

  • 1

    cup powdered sugar

  • 1

    tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2

    lemon, juiced

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Toss in the apples and stir to coat them with the butter. Add the lemon juice and the apple cider. Cook until the apples have softened and the cider has reduced to half. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and pulse into a coarse paste. Reserve. 3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, both of the sugars and a pinch of salt. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the pureed apples, egg and vanilla. Stir to combine. Toss in the walnuts and raisins. 4. Butter and flour a loaf pan. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and put it in the preheated oven. Bake until a toothpick, inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. 5. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely. 6. Cut the cake in half through the center and spread half the icing on the bottom layer. Replace the top half and ice the top of the cake, leave the sides bare. Slice and serve. Cream Cheese Icing: 1. Beat together all of the ingredients in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.

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