Saturday, January 25, 2014

Apple Spice Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

For Christmas this year I received a bundt cake pan from my hubby.  I've been dying to take it for a test spin.  I might have found the perfect recipe to share with you.  How does warm apple spice cake with cinnamon glaze sound?

It sounds delicious I tell you!!!
The best part about this recipe is that it is only four ingredients.  That's right just four.  Also, it does not contain any oil, but because it is replaced by fruit, it will be the most tender cake you will ever stick a fork into.  Here are the four ingredients: (full printable recipe found at the end of the post)

Apple Spice Cake

Spice cake mix
One 21oz can of apple pie filling
3 Eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pour the spice cake mix into a bowl.  Add in can of apple pie filling

Add in three eggs and vanilla

Mix well for 2 minutes with an electric mixer.  Make sure that you purposefully "run over" the large apple chunks as you go around.  They will break up into bite-sized pieces by the end of the mixing period.

Mmmm mmmm... fluffy apple spice batter with chucks of delicious fruit in the mix.  Next, you will want to grease (with Crisco) a bundt pan very VERY well.  Tap around a little flour and make sure the whole thing is covered well.  Bundt pans have a lot of nooks and crannies so make sure everything gets a good coating.

Pour the batter into the pan, making sure you rotate so it fills evenly.  This batter is slightly thicker than regular cake mix, so go slowly and fill evenly.

After that you want to bake it to box directions (mine was 40-45 minutes at 350ยบ).  When it comes out of the oven, set it on the counter to cool.

Now here is the GREATEST TIP I CAN EVER GIVE YOU ABOUT BUNDT PANS... You do not want to leave this cake in the pan until it cools.  If you do, it will never come out (well, it won't come out in one piece).  What you do is set your timer for exactly 10 minutes after your cake comes out of the hot oven.  The pan will probably still be a bit to warm to handle with bare hands... but it is this EXACT time that you will want to turn your bundt cake out on the serving tray.  I use oven mitts, a steady hand, and a large glass plate.  Flip it over in one fluid motion and slowly lift up on the pan to reveal this masterpiece...

The cake will still be rather warm at this point.  Let it cool down all the way on the serving plate.  While it is cooling, we can make our simple cinnamon glaze.  You will need:

Cinnamon Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp (or more) cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
3-5 Tablespoons of milk

Pour 1 cup of powdered sugar into a smaller bowl

Add in 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla

Add in at least 3 Tablespoons of milk and start stirring.  The thickness of the glaze depends on you.  

I added two more Tablespoons (for a total of 5) to make a nice, thin glaze that would pour over the top of the cake and down the sides.  This next part was actually quite fun, but slowly, in a circle, start pouring the glaze directly over the top of the finished cake

The glaze will deliciously roll down the sides of the cake, pooling in the center and around the outsides, giving the appearance of a big, ol', over-sized donut.  Hello YUMMY!  When you slice the cake you will see the nice chunks of apple throughout.

A close up reveals that when the glaze dries, it gives that Krispie Kreme sheen to the top of the cake.

Try not to lick your screen here....
My eldest daughter absolutely LOVED this cake.  She wants it for her birthday cake 11 months from now (she's a planner).  Serve this apple spice cake as is, with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, or an easy dollop of whipped cream.  I promise you, everyone will be clamoring for more.

This recipe is loosely based off my other favorite four-ingredient cake recipe from the Cake Mix Dr., which is a chocolate covered cherry cake.  I'm planning on sharing that with you for Valentines Day.  Stay tuned!!

Full printable recipe found here: (click for link)


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