As you may know, I love to bake! I feel like when it starts to get a bit colder and The Great British Bake Off is back on the TV there’s even more of an excuse to bake. I love baking festive things so when I stumbled upon this recipe, I couldn’t not give it a go. It tastes of Autumn in a cake – as for the name! It has lots of warming spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and even apple sauce! It’s finished of with a cream cheese frosting which, if I do say so myself, compliments the cake perfectly. It is quite a heavy cake but I find that I quite like denser cakes, especially when it’s colder. You can check out the original recipe here however I’ve changed it slightly.
- 320g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tsp cinnamon(I like to a bit more)
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp allspice
- 370g light-brown sugar
- 175ml vegetable oil
- 70g apple sauce
- 4 large free range eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 240ml of buttermilk or 120ml milk and 120ml of Greek yogurt
- 180g cream cheese
- 60g butter
- 240g icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line 2 9-inch round baking trays and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices and mix until fully incorporated.
- Break up brown sugar with your fingers until no clumps remain. Add apple sauce and vegetable oil and using either an electric whisk or food mixer blend well till combined. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract.
- Add in half of the flour mixture and stir well. Then, add in the buttermilk before stirring in the other half of the flour mixture.
- Divide the mixture equally between the two pans and pop in the oven for around 28-32 minutes.
- Then, it’s time to start making the frosting! Cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Slowly add in the icing sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
- Once the cakes have cooled completely sandwich them together with some icing. Spread some icing over the top of the cake until evenly spread
- Now for the fun part! Sprinkle your desired topping on the top of the cake. I went for some autumn leaf sprinkle from HomeSense and it made the cake look even more autumnal!
Although it takes a bit of time to make, it’s definitely worth it! It’s the perfect cake to make on a Sunday afternoon where you have plenty of time. Make sure to let me know if you’ve tried it out, I’d love to see how it turned out!
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