Would you believe I had never eaten apple cake until last year?
Apple pie? I've made plenty of them. Apple dumplings? They're like my favorite dessert ever until somebody shows up with a chocolate cake. Apple crisp? I've only eaten one every year since I was born. But my apple dessert card had a spot left unpunched--apple cake--until I found a delicious recipe over on maya*made.
Now that autumn has rolled around again, I've been craving that sweet cake thickly layered with apple slices and pecans and dosed with a hefty sprinkling of cinnamon. The original recipe makes a simple, tasty cake, but if you want to make it a tad more special, you should try topping it with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It makes an everyday cake feel decadent. And I don't know about you, but I could use a little decadence on these cold November nights. So go ahead...light a candle, grab a cup of tea, and sit down to a piece of this autumn cake.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
1 TBSP butter, softened
1 ounce cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon1/4 cup powdered sugar
Whip all the ingredients together until smooth and fluffy. Spread over the cake while it's still warm. The frosting will melt a bit, creating a glaze.
The frosting makes this cake a two-bowl project, but it's completely worth washing that extra dish.
Updated: You probably figured this out just by looking at the amounts this recipe calls for, but this make just a little bit of icing. It's definitely enough to melt over an apple cake. However, if you are a "mounds of frosting" kind of person, you'll want to at least double this recipe.