Saturday, November 15, 2008

Apple Spice Cake

Ingredients *Cake*
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 3/4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, coarsely grated
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preparation *For cake:*
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Spray 12-cup Bundt pan
with nonstick spray. Sift flour and next 6 ingredients into medium bowl.
Drain grated apples in strainer. Using hands or kitchen towel, squeeze out
excess liquid from apples. Measure 2 cups grated apples.

Using electric mixer, beat butter, both sugars, and lemon peel in large bowl
until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in vanilla and lemon juice.
Beat in flour mixture. Mix in grated apples. Transfer batter to prepared
pan. Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1
hour. Cool in pan on rack 20 minutes.

*Meanwhile, prepare glaze:*
Stir all ingredients in small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until
sugar dissolves and mixture comes to boil. Reduce heat to medium; whisk
until glaze is smooth, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Invert cake onto
rack set over baking sheet. Using small skewer, pierce holes all over top of
warm cake. Pour glaze over top, allowing it to be absorbed before adding
more. Cool cake 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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