Wednesday, November 5, 2014

APPLE CREAM CHEESE CAKE WITH PRALINE FROSTING

For the cream cheese filling
  1. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  5. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. Pinch of salt
  8. For the batter
    1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
    2. 1 cup granulated sugar
    3. 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    4. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    5. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    6. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    7. 1 teaspoon salt
    8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
    9. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
    10. 3/4 cup canola oil
    11. 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    12. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    13. 3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples, a combination of Gala and Granny Smith
    14. 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted, plus 2-3 tablespoons for garnish (optional)
    15. For the frosting
      1. 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
      2. 1/4 cup butter
      3. 3 tablespoons milk
      4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      5. 1 cup powdered sugar
      6. For the cream cheese filling
        1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together at medium speed with a hand-held electric mixer. Add the sugar, and beat well to combine. Add the 2 tablespoons flour and remaining ingredients, and beat until mixture is light and creamy. Set bowl aside.
        2. For the batter
          1. Place flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt and baking soda in bowl of an electric stand mixer outfitted with a paddle attachment. Stir at low speed to combine. Add the eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla to the bowl, and mix at medium speed until dry ingredients are just moistened. Stir in the chopped apples and walnuts.
          2. Preheat oven to 350.
          3. Grease and flour a 14-cup Bundt pan. Pour half of the apple batter into the pan, using a spatula to spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the batter, leaving a 1-inch border around edges of pan. Spread the remaining batter over the cream cheese mixture, making sure the batter extends all the way to the outer edges of the pan. (This will prevent the cream cheese filling from oozing out at the cake cooks.)
          4. Place pan in preheated oven and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the cake comes out clean. (Be sure when testing to not insert the tester through the cream cheese filling, as this might make the cake appear uncooked.) Cool in pan on wire rack for 10-15 minutes before inverting onto the rack to cool completely.
          5. For the frosting
            1. While cake cools, prepare the frosting. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter and milk. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until mixture boils and sugar dissolves, about 90 seconds total. Stir in vanilla. Gradually stir in powdered sugar, mixing with a spoon until mixture is smooth and creamy. Drizzle warm frosting over cooled cake. Top with remaining chopped walnuts, if desired.
            Adapted from Southern Living BY Positively Splendid.


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