Every now and then I am inspired to pour love, time and care into a beautiful and special cake, for no reason at all. No birthday or celebration…just cake. This particular cake was inspired by one of my favorite snacks (cinnamon sugar pita chips and cream cheese) and fueled by a failed friend’s birthday cake (sorry Mikey!). Sure this cake is worthy of a birthday or special ocassion like Valentines Day, but trust me, you deserve to make yourself this cake for no reason at all.
cinnamon applesauce cake with cream cheese frosting
8 in cake
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (1/4 tsp in high altitude)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup apple sauce
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup caramel sauce, plus more for drizzling*
*Store bought caramel sauce from the ice cream section works well or you can make some…I used this recipe
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Prepare two 8in cake pans by greasing and flouring. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
In a mixer or with a hand mixer cream together apple sauce and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Slowly add dry ingredients and alternate with milk until all the ingredients are incorporated in the batter.
Evenly divide batter between the two pans. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
Allow cakes to cool completely. You can freeze the cakes at this point if you don’t want to frost them right away.
To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and finally milk. Add more milk 1 tsp at a time if the frosting is too thick to spread.
Begin to assemble cake by spreading a very thin layer of frosting and piping a ring of frosting around the outside edge of the bottom cake. (Picture below). It just takes a few tablespoons of frosting in a zip lock baggie with the corner cut off and will help to hold the caramel.
Spread cool caramel inside the frosting ring. Layer second cake on top and spread remaining frosting over cake. Drizzle caramel sauce all over cake and enjoy!