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Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cake

This Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cake has three layers of cake, two layers of homemade cream cheese frosting & cinnamon apples, & is topped with salted caramel drizzle & salted caramel apples making this the perfect fall dessert!

This Cinnamon Caramel Apple Cake has three layers of cake, two layers of homemade cream cheese frosting & cinnamon apples, & is topped with salted caramel drizzle & salted caramel apples making this the perfect fall dessert!

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Ingredients

3 Layers of Cake

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon Apples

Topping

Instructions

  1. In a fry pan at medium heat, melt the 1 tablespoon of butter & cook the apples until tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Then mix in 1 teaspoon cinnamon & 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Set to the side to cool to room temperature.
  3. Next, blend the cream cheese, butter, & 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract until smooth. Then add all of the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time (*2).
  4. Continue to blend for 5 minutes to make the frosting extra fluffy.
  5. Place the cream cheese frosting in a gallon sized bag & cut off the tip.
  6. Assemble your cake in this order: cake, frosting, cinnamon apple pieces, frosting, cake, frosting, cinnamon apple pieces, frosting, cake (*3-4).
  7. Add additional frosting as needed & spread to create the naked cake effect.
  8. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  9. Melt the caramel apple bits according to their packaging instructions.
  10. Dip your 3 apples in the melted caramel, sprinkle with sea salt, & place them to the side on a piece of wax paper (*5).
  11. Drizzle the remaining caramel on top of your cake, letting it drip down the sides.
  12. Before the caramel hardens, place the caramel apples on top & sprinkle with sea salt.
  13. Let harden & enjoy! (*6)

Notes

  1. I mixed two boxes of French vanilla cake together & spread it between 3 round 8-inch pans.
  2. To ensure proper measuring use a spoon to fluff the powdered sugar & then spoon the powdered sugar into your measuring cup so as not to compact the powdered sugar when measuring.
  3. To help make sure that the cake doesn’t slide off of the cake stand I started with a dollop of frosting before laying the first piece of cake, I also stuck cake pop sticks in the cake to keep it in place.
  4. To keep the cinnamon apples from seeping out, create a frosting wall around the circumference of the cake.
  5. If you want to add pretty sticks to your apples do this before dipping them in the melted caramel.
  6. The caramel can be a bit difficult to cut through & unfortunately you can’t just cut straight through from top to bottom. I found that if you first carefully cut through the caramel layer before cutting straight down it is a lot easier to cut & serve. 
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