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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Recipes To Spice Up Your Kitchen: Caramel Apple Cake and Fall Apple and Spice Stove Top Potpourri

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It's no surprise, I have been talking about it for weeks now - Fall is here!!  The flavors, the colors, the food, the scents and the decor.  The most wonderful season of the year.  In my opinion at least.  Fall to me means Fall Recipes.  Not to mention one of the best flavors of the year, Apple.  Hey, I know, I often talk about my love for pumpkin and spice but there is something perfect about apple harvesting and getting into the kitchen.  


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Recently, the weather here in Colorado showed its fall colors.  This meant I wanted to jump into the kitchen and bring the fall yumminess to my family and make my home smell amazing.  To do this I headed to Walmart and picked up some Mott's Applesauce and Apple Juice knowing that I was going to make a great Caramel Apple Cake made with applesauce but when I saw the exclusive Candy Apple M&M flavor I just instantly knew my traditionally Caramel Apple Cake was getting a special upgrade!  

Now, usually you can count on me to give you super easy recipes for busy families but I am going to be honest here, this cake recipe takes some time but let me tell you, you will be the talk of the party if you show up with this amazingly moist and flavors of fall infused cake.  It will become your signature dish for any fall parties.  

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Caramel Apple Cake

Free Printable Recipe Here


Ingredients

Batter:
4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 cups sweetened apple sauce


Caramel Sauce:
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup light corn syrup
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1½ cups whipping (heavy) cream, room temperature


Caramel Buttercream Frosting:
1½ cups granulated sugar
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
⅓ cup Whipping (heavy) cream
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup caramel sauce

Topping - 1 cup Candy Apple M&M's - crushed

Instructions
1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare 2 - 8 inch round layer cake pans; lightly grease the pans with shortening and dust with flour. 

2.  Start preparing your cake Batter:
In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves; sift or whisk together to mix. Set aside.


3.  In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  With the mixer still on medium speed, slowly add the sugar to the butter, either one tablespoon at a time, or in a very slow steady stream, taking from 4 to 8 minutes to add all of the sugar, and beating until the butter and sugar are fully incorporated and the mixture is a light, or pale yellow color, with a fluffy texture. While adding the sugar, stop the mixer occasionally to scrape the mixture off the paddle and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly.

4.  Add eggs one at a time, beating until thoroughly mixed.  Start with the mixer on low speed so the liquid from the egg doesn’t splatter, once the egg is partially mixed increase the speed to medium. Each egg should be fully incorporated into the mixture before adding the next egg, taking about one minute to blend in each egg.

5.  With the mixer on low speed, add about one third of the flour mixture, mix just until the flour is almost completely blended. Scrape the bowl down, and add about one half of the applesauce, blending just until mixed. Scrape the bowl down again and continue alternating with the flour mixture and apple sauce, ending with the last portion of the flour, and stirring just until blended.

6.  Spoon the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. 

7.  Prepare the Caramel Sauce:
In a medium size heavy-bottomed pan combine sugar, water, and corn syrup. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir gently to avoid splashing the mixture onto the sides of the pan.

8.  Clip a candy thermometer to the inside of the pan, increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil, without stirring, until the syrup reaches a temperature of 300 degrees F, a hard crack stage. While the syrup is cooking, wash away any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan by wiping upwards with a damp pastry brush so the sugar crystals don’t fall back into the syrup.

9.  Immediately remove pan from the heat and remove the candy thermometer. Let stand about 1 minute to let the bubbling subside. 
10.  Add the butter and whipping cream and stir until combined.  Let cool completely. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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11.  Prepare the Caramel Buttercream Frosting:
In a medium size heavy-bottomed pan add sugar and flour; whisk together to mix. Add the milk and whipping cream and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil; boil and whisk for another minute. Remove from pan from the heat.


12.  Transfer the hot sugar mixture to a large bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat the mixture at high speed, about 5 to 8 minutes, or until the mixture is cool. 

13.  Reduce the mixer to medium speed and add the butter, about 2 tablespoons at a time and mixing 20 to 30 seconds after each addition.

14. Add the vanilla and continue beating until the Buttercream is thick and smooth, about another 3 to 5 minutes.

15. Slowly drizzle in the caramel sauce and continue beating another minute.


16.  Once the cakes are completely cooled you can begin to build your cake.  First, you will want to crush the Candy Apple M&M's in a zip lock bag using a rolling pin.  These will be added to the cake!

17.  Place one of the layers on a cake plate. Spread about 1 cup of the frosting on top. Sprinkle the crushed M&M's on the frosting.

18.  Place the second cake on top of the M&M's and frosting.  Frost the top of the cake and then finish with the sides.  

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19.  Drizzle some of your homemade Caramel Sauce on the cake and add some whole Candy Apple M&M's if desired.

20.  Refrigerate the cake 30 minutes before serving to firm the frosting and caramel before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

ENJOY!!


Now that my home smelled perfect for a small family gathering and dessert was complete, I wanted to make sure that my guests felt nice and warm after coming in from the chilly Colorado Fall.  To do this I decided to make my own Stove Top Potpourri using Apple Juice. I never realized how easy it was to spice up our home with a simple simmer!  


Fall Apple and Spice Stove Top Potpourri 

Free Printable Recipe Here. 

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Ingredients:

4 cups apple juice
2 apples, sliced
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 teaspoons cloves
2 teaspoons apple or pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons cinnamon


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Directions:

Stir all ingredients together into a pot and set to simmer. 


Make sure to watch your liquid level as it will evaporate. You can add more apple juice if necessary. 




Bonus - When you're done, you can store your potpourri in the refrigerator for a week and reheat it when you want to bring fall back into your home!  


Talk about a perfect way to celebrate the flavor of fall.  Bring me the Apples!!  I am totally ready to get into the kitchen again soon and try my hand at some more fall inspired recipes thanks to the great specialty packages of M&M's.  Candy Corn flavor is my next experiment.  I am thinking a poke cake of some sort!  Delicious!  I simply love this time of the year and I cannot wait to head out to my Aunt and Uncle's ranch and do some apple picking soon!  

Make sure you head on into your favorite Walmart and pick up some Mott's Apple Sauce and Apple Juice to add some fall flavors to your cooking and snacks.  Also just to entice you a little bit more to pick up some of the M&M flavors of fall and some Mott's products you can use these great coupons!  


Coupon for - $1 off any two (2) Mott's sauce or Mott's juice drink

Coupon for - $1.50 off any two (2) M&M's brand chocolate candies


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What are your favorite recipes when Fall approaches? 
 
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10 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks so delicious and PERFECT for fall! YUM! Pinning! #client

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  2. Yum! My favorite fall recipes involve pumpkin in some way!

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  3. That looks so good - I am SO ready for fall!

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  4. OH. MY. GOODNESS. That cake looks amazing. I am pinning this page for later. My birthday is next month, and while I normally opt for chocolate this might be my cake.

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  5. Are you serious!!! I am soooo pinning this! Thank you!

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  6. Love the stove top potporri. Love my house spelling like fall. My favorite season for spelling.

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  7. omg, love this! xo, jess @ dreamingofleaving.com

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  8. This cake looks so rich and delicious. I'd get myself into trouble if I baked it. I'd be sneaking piece all day.

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  9. That looks amazing! I need to do that potporri.

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