There's a trifecta of textural awesomeness here, as the buttery-crisp topping meets silky-smooth yogurt cream on moist, tender cake. By using whole-wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose, we triple the fiber per slice to a hearty 4 grams. For a chunkier cake texture, use chopped apples instead of shredded. This cake is great served warm or at room temperature.
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Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze
Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze Recipe We challenged ourselves to come up with a showstopping dessert that uses boxed cake mix as a starting point—and we succeeded. Fresh carrot and apple plus a splash of bourbon boost the flavor of the layers, while the browned-butter glaze is, well, the wildly delicious icing on the cake.
This incredibly moist bundt cake gains its strong apple flavor from 4 cups of shredded Granny smith apples baked into the batter, as well as a concentrated apple liquid (made by reducing apple juice and apple liqueur) that is brushed over the warm cake after baking and used to create the cake’s sweet-tart apple and cream cheese glaze. Grating the apples, as opposed to chopping them into pieces, makes for more even distribution of moisture and apple flavor throughout this dense and delightful cake. While we opted to keep the spice factor simple here (to avoid overpowering the apple) with just a teaspoon of cinnamon, feel free to mix it up and add other favorite spices—such as cloves, ginger, nutmeg, or allspice. You can also swap the vanilla bean paste for 11/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. If you can’t find apple liqueur, simply substitute apple flavored brandy or 1/4 cup more apple juice.
Don't be afraid to go 100% whole-grain with desserts; we use all spelt flour here with amazing results. The nutty flour boosts the taste of the butter, spices, and vanilla, unlike all-purpose flour, whose bland nature would dilute those flavors. Be sure to weigh the flour for accuracy; using too much will make the cake dry.
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Apple Stack Cake
Apple Stack Cake Recipe A naked layer cake filled to the brim with cinnamon cooked apples is sure to be a show piece at your next party.
12 of 20Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Amy Burke
Fresh Apple Cake
Fresh Apple Cake Recipe Thinly sliced apples and toasted pecans make up the bulk of this recipe. Topped with your choice of three types of frosting and you've got your family's newest addiction.
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Fort Davis Apple Cake
Fort Davis Apple Cake Recipe Not only is this glazed apple cake recipe a sure-fire hit, but it's super low-maintenance too—no mixer required!
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Honey-Apple Cake Recipe Top your apple cake with a generous scoop of icing and a drizzle of warm honey sauce, and guests will start begging for seconds.
15 of 20Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett