Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

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It’s September. So I can legally talk about caramel, apples and general Fall stuff. No need to remind me temps are still on the sweltering side…wait ’til this weekend and I think you’ll be so glad I posted this. Unless you live in Arizona. Or Florida. Or Texas. Or anywhere around there. (Sorry.)

So, in honor of cooler temps for some of us, I give you the yummiest of fall desserts — Caramel Apple Sheet Cake with Apple Cider Frosting. A perfect dessert for a crowd, or, um, just one of you who is home by herself and really getting into Fall. [hangs head in shame]

Anyhoo, this is a super-moist and flavorful cake that doesn’t make you get all fancy and make your own caramel or apple compote. This one takes a little help from the store, but the end result is 100% homemade and deeeeeelicious.

This is the perfect fall feed-a-crowd dessert, so file it away or pin it for tailgates, hayrides or even a big Halloween to-do.

p.s. This makes a very generous amount of frosting, because that’s the way I like it.

Caramel Apple Cake

Caramel Apple Cake

Ingredients

Cake:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

3/4 cup canola oil

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup prepared caramel sauce

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Apple Cider Frosting:

7 1/2-8 cups confectioners’ sugar (to desired consistency)

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup apple cider

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 11x13-inch jelly roll pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a second large bowl, beat sugar and oil together with an electric mixer until well combined, about 30 seconds. Add applesauce, caramel and vanilla, beat for 30 seconds, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk, and continuing to beat until well combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until golden brown and a cake is set in the middle when you jiggle the pan, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.

For the frosting, put sugar, butter, cider, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Frost generously and chill for an hour or so to set frosting.

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