For my husband Seth's birthday, I decided to make the Caramel Apple Cake from BAKED. I was so excited to make it, and even made my own homemade applesauce to use in the apple cake!
The homemade applesauce was surprisingly EASY, and it was so delicious. I wasn't sure how many apples I'd need, so I went overboard and used 12, which was about double what I really needed, so we had lots of leftover! I used a variety--gala, pink lady, tart green, red delicious, etc. because in apple pie a variety is the most delicious, so I figured it would be the same for applesauce. Boy, that was a great assumption, because it was DE-licious! I don't think I'll ever want store-bought applesauce again.
The buttercream came together really well, too! I haven't ever made a cooked-with-flour-buttercream before, and I was really pleased with the consistency and taste.
The cake was definitely hearty, and someone called out when eating it that it tasted like a gingerbread cake...which might be kind of accurate. It would be a great fall cake, it's pretty...fallish. Seth liked it a lot, and that's what really matters, since he's not a cake guy!
*Thanks to Holly Badurek for the pictures!