One of the great benefits to living in the basement apartment of my parents home is getting to enjoy some of my Mom’s delicious recipes. She doesn’t love to cook as much anymore, but she is a master baker. When our home is finished, I’m going to miss a lot of things about living with my parents, but her special treats, will definitely be missed. (Good thing we’ve got awhile…this house building process is slow ;/)
The other day she made this moist, apple-filled, amazing Caramel Apple Spice Cake. As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to snap a couple photos and share the recipe with you. Not to mention, cake mixes, canned pie filling and apples are all on sale this week, so you can make this dessert for only a couple dollars! I can’t wait for you to give this recipe a try.
- 1 box spiced cake mix
- 1 (20 oz.) can Caramel Apple Pie Filling (Wilderness brand is my favorite)
- 1 egg
- 1 fresh apple, cored and chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 lbs. powdered sugar (might only need 1 1/2 lbs.)
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 capful butter flavoring
- Dash salt
- Dash cinnamon (for garnish)
- Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the can of the apple pie filling and with a knife, cut into the can with big strokes of the knife to cut up the apples in the can. You don't need to chop the apples super small, just cut up the apple pieces so they are not so large. In a mixing bowl, add the spice cake mix, can of apple pie filling, egg and oil. Whisk together until everything is all mixed together. If you like extra apple, you can cut up a fresh apple into small pieces (or shred) and add to the cake as well. Once the batter is mixed, spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, or spray two round cake pans. Pour the batter into the pans and place in the oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan. Don't over bake the cake, or it will dry out. While the cake is cooking, make the frosting.
- Frosting: In a mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla, butter flavoring and salt and continue to mix. Add the powdered sugar and beat frosting until smooth and thick. If the frosting is too thick you can add a couple teaspoons of milk if needed. You will want the frosting fairly thick so it will hold stiff on the cake.
- Once the cake is baked, remove from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before removing the cake from the round pans. If using round cake pans, remove them from the pans. Place one of the rounds onto a cake plate. Frost the center with a layer of cream cheese frosting. Place the top round on top of the frosting and frost the top with the rest of the frosting (you might have a little extra you can save and use later). Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and serve.