Sunday, October 12, 2008

When did this happen?

DH turns 40 tomorrow.

When did this happen.

I am sleeping with a 40 year old.

I need to run to the store tonight...

because I had a request to make this...

Apple Butter Spice Cake with Raisins, Nuts and Caramel

Bon Appetit, November 1992

2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup apple butter
¾ cup buttermilk
½ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsulfured (light) molasses
1 cup golden raisins

Frosting
1 ½ pounds cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsulfured (light) molasses
¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Caramel
¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon whipping cream
1½ cups chopped toasted walnuts



Preparation
For Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Whisk apple butter, buttermilk, oil, eggs, molasses and raisins in medium bowl to blend. Stir apple butter mixture into dry ingredients. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer cakes to racks and cool 20 minutes. Run small sharp knife around pan sides to loosen cakes. Turn cakes onto parchment-lined racks and cool completely.
For Frosting: Beat cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl until smooth. Add molasses, butter and vanilla and beat just until smooth.
Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread 1 1/2 cups frosting over. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining frosting decoratively over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate while preparing caramel.

8 comments:

Bou said...

Good Lord that sounds yummy!

My husband turns 50 in 15 months. I keep saying, "Wow... I'm going to be sleeping with a 50 year old man. How in the hell did that happen?!"

Raging Mom said...

Oooh, that cake sounds so good!

Please wish DH a very happy birthday. I turned 50 last Monday, so I feel his pain.

Sarah said...

YAY, DH!!!
Happy Birthday.
(You're gonna love your present.)

Richmond said...

Happy Birthday to your DH!! :)

Mine turned 40 in June - it's not so bad sleeping with him, though he still steals the covers...

Peter said...

Dang! You two are too young to be sleeping together!

liza said...

Is that an original recipe from you?

Love to bake. I want to try that if I have time. Thanks.

LL said...

SORRY! Meant to wish your hubby a great birthday. Hope it was a nice one!!

Anonymous said...

.... you know, that is one hellluva recipe...... I need to go and look for my apron.....

Eric