Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Looking for an easy cake to throw together quickly? This is a great recipe to consider. It's a doctored up cake mix and it's from my new Cake Doctor book! I really really enjoy these cupcakes. The book lists this recipe under "layer cakes" but I needed cupcakes for a birthday so I chose to make these in standard cupcake form. I highly recommend this recipe. Yes, I do love baking cakes from scratch but I must admit, I do love the fluffy texture of cake mix cakes. Such a fine crumb and never dry or crumbly. The flavor of this cake is so autumn like. I added an extra shake of allspice but other than that, I followed the recipe.

I don't own any other Cake Doctor book but I have looked at them several times. Every once in awhile - mostly when I'm short on time - I like to pull out a cake mix and doctor it up to jazz it up a bit. There are sooo many recipes in this book! I want to make at least 50% of them!

I had never bought a spice cake, cake mix before. I usually stick with white & devils food.

They rose nicely. Slightly domed and did not spill over even though I filled the cups 3/4 full.

For the icing, I made a simple cream cheese icing. Cream Cheese, Butter, Powdered sugar, vanilla & milk.

One thing about cake mix cupcakes.....they are so light and fluffy that my big tall cap of icing is so heavy that it makes it tip right over!

Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake
From my "The Cake Mix Doctor Returns" cookbook

1 package plain spice cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup cinnamon applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 large eggs

Oven at 350 degrees
Spray cake pans or line cupcake tins with liners

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop to scrape bowl. Increase mixer speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes longer, scraping the bowl as needed.

Pour batter into prepared pans and bake till the cake springs back when lightly touched.

Note: The original recipe in the book calls for one 14.5 oz. jar of spiced apple rings - pureed, but if you can't find those, it reads to use 1 cup of cinnamon applesauce.


Palidor said...

Yum! I love that it's quick and easy to make. The cream cheese swirls on top are really cute.

Pete said...

Nice, love cream cheese icing.....yummy!

Nicole Bi said...

This recipe is amazing!! I used chunky apple sauce and the apple chunks made the cake so moist.