SALT CARAMEL APPLE CAKES

 

Apple pies are a fabulous way to indulge in the autumn season, but apple cakes… especially when they taste like caramel apples covered in nuts and salt? Well THAT is a delight reserved only for autumn!

 These little cakes are more “appley than they are cakey” and the caramel is brushed on with just enough yummy flavor, but not so much sugar as to detract from the flavor of the apples. These are easy, and better tasting than they are looking. (wink)

 Ingredients

Yields 1 dozen

        Eggs – 3

        Coconut Oil – 1 cup – melted

        Sugar – 1 ½ cups

        Apples – 4 cups shredded (about 4 apples)

        Lemon juice – from one lemon

        Baking soda – 1 teaspoons

        Baking powder – 2 teaspoons

        Vanilla – 1 tablespoon

        Cinnamon – 1 tablespoon

        Allspice – 2 teaspoons

        Cloves – ½ teaspoon

        Salt – 1 teaspoon

        Walnuts – 1 cup ground

        Flour – 2 cups

Preparation

Mix eggs, oil, sugar, and apples together. Add apples and lemon juice.  Mix until mixture looks wet. Begin to add dry ingredients one at a time, adding walnuts and flour last.  Place in prepared cupcake tins, (paper lined and non-stick spray) and bake at 300 for 45 minutes to an hour until tester clean.

 Caramel Icing

        Sugar – 1 ½ cup

        Water – 1/3 cup

        Cream – 1 cup

        Coarse sea salt – about 1 tablespoon

        Walnuts – ¼ cup, coarse chopped

Preparation

Place sugar and water in a pan over low heat to melt the sugar. Once sugar has melted, turn the heat up to medium high, and bring to a boil. Boil, watching closely so as not to burn, until the color darkens and begins to look like syrup. Remove from heat, and slowly add cream while stirring. The previously melted, syrupy sugar will quickly become lumpy, but no worries, simply return to low heat and stir until all the lumps become smooth and the consistency looks creamy. Let it cool.

This part of the process can be done the night before or even a week before since you will now want the caramel to thicken, which takes 4-6 hours. Store in refrigerator until ready to use on these apple cakes or anything else you might want a caramel drizzle on. Once cakes are cool and caramel has thickened, brush several coats of caramel across the top of the cakes. Sprinkle coarse salt on top of the caramel, and finish off with a drizzle of course chopped walnuts.

So delicious, so Autumn!