Vanilla Apple Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Vanilla Apple Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Vanilla Apple Cake:

  • 1

    pound firm apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces

  • 1

    tablespoon brandy

  • cups all purpose flour

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1

    large pinch ground cloves

  • 1

    teaspoon baking powder

  • 6

    ounces (1½ sticks) unsalted butter

  • ½

    vanilla bean

  • 6

    eggs, separated

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼

    teaspoon salt

  • cups sugar, divided

  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4

    ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 7

    ounces cream cheese

  • ¾

    cup powdered sugar

  • Seeds from ½ vanilla bean


Vanilla Apple Cake: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of a 10-inch cake pan with parchment paper and set aside. Place prepared apples in a bowl and pour brandy over the apples. Sift the flour, cinnamon, cloves and baking powder, and set aside. Strip the vanilla seeds from the bean. Place the seeds, pod and butter into a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter turns brown. It will take on a nutty smell and will have an intense vanilla flavor. Remove the vanilla bean and let butter cool to room temperature. Separate the eggs. Whip the yolks with the vanilla extract and salt. When the egg yolks start to change color and start to get fluffy, add 3/4 cup of the sugar and continue to whip until light in color. Fold in the butter mixture, then fold in the sifted flour mixture. The batter will be thick. Fold in apples and brandy. Whip the egg whites until fluffy, then add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and continue to whip until stiff. Fold the whites into the cake batter in thirds. When well mixed, pour into the cake pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool on a wire rack. When cool, run a butter knife around the edge to loosen. Turn out onto a plate and top with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Place the unsalted butter, vanilla seeds and the powdered sugar in the mixer with the paddle attachment (if available). Beat until soft and well creamed. Add the cream cheese and continue to mix until well combined. Spread on top of the cooled cake. Refrigerate the cake until the frosting is firm, about 30 minutes.


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