Happy Thursday! Back to school is right around the corner, and apples are the classic symbol for school. We made THIS apple cake back in February, and Ari asks to make it all the time. Although a lot of people think of apple desserts as a fall thing, my people will eat apple anything all year round! I did not create this recipe and made it as is, so today is simply a re-share. It's a big sheet cake, so invite some friends over, pick up some vanilla ice cream, and demolish this cake for a fun end of summer hurrah!
* 2 cups peeled & chopped Granny Smith apples
* 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons flour
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup buttermilk
* 2 eggs
* 1/8 cup caramel sauce
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 6 Tablespoons milk
* 3.5 cups powdered sugar
* Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
* Grease a jelly roll or sheet pan.
* Mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
* Bring butter, water, and shortening to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
* Once the mixture has reached a boil, add it to your flour mixture. Stir to combine.
* Next, add buttermilk, baking soda, eggs, and vanilla to the mixture. Stir after each addition.
* Stir apples into the mixture.
* Pour the mixture into the pan, and bake for 20 minutes.
* Let the cake cool for approximately 20 minutes.
* To make the frosting, melt your butter in the microwave.
* Add milk, powdered sugar, caramel sauce, and vanilla to the butter and stir.
* Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.
Note: The frosting gets a little messy, so I put foil under the pan to catch all of the drips. You could also poke holes in the cake and let the cake soak up more of the frosting.
How does your family celebrate the end of summer? Are there any recipes your family requests for the start of the school year? Tell me in the comments below, and make sure you link up to share your favorite recipe of the week!