Spiced Apple Cake with Dulce de Leche
A sweetly spiced cake with rich dulce de leche frosting. Definitely one for the sweet tooths. Perfect with a glass of prosecco as a celebration cake.
By Kirsten McKechnie
For the cakes:
2 tbsps sugar
3/4 cup of water
2 tsps lemon juice
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
11/2 tsps salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each of clove, ginger, allspice and nutmeg (or just add a tsp using whichever of these you have to hand)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
For the frosting:
2/3 cup of butter
1 cup of dulce de leche
1 1/2 tbsp double cream
1 tsp vanilla paste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 1/2 cups of sugar
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line 3x 6″ cake pans.
2. Peel and roughly chop the apples, then place them in a saucepan with the sugar, water and lemon juice.
3. Bring to a boil before reducing the heat and cooking, covered for about 30 minutes, until the apples are tender.
4. Mash with a potato masher (make sure to leave some lumps!) You should have about 1 1/2 cups.
5. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, spices, oil, buttermilk, and eggs.
6. Lastly, stir in the apples and then divide between the three cake pans.
7. Bake for about 40 minutes, until a skewer can be inserted and come back out clean.
8. To make the dulce de leche frosting, cream the butter before beating in the dulce de leche, vanilla, cinnamon and cream.
9. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
10. To frost the cake, start with one cake on a cake stand or serving platter and cover the top of it with icing using an offset spatula or knife. Place the second cake on top and repeat. Place the third cake on upside down, so the nice flat bottom of the cake is at the top. Cover the entire cake (including the sides) with dulce de leche.
11. Serve slices of cake with a glass of Prosecco.