Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Cake Slice November's Cake: Applesauce Spice Cake

 Have you heard of The Cake Slice? I've been keeping my eye on them for some time. I have always loved the idea of joining in on a group that all bakes from the same cookbook and the recipe once a month. I then love chatting with them about it and then getting all excited about the next item we are going to bake. Well..I can officially say that I am now a member of the group! As soon as I noticed they were taking new members I leaped at the chance. 

My oldest son laughed at me when  I said I joined an online baking group. So..yeah, I can sorta see what he means..but he stopped laughing and got excited when he realized he would be eating some sort of cake once a month..for a whole year. He got behind the idea real quick after that. For me it makes perfect sense to join an online in The Netherlands and not being surrounded by any sort of bakers makes me lonely for like minded people. I am now surrounded by like minded people :)

Anyway..lets get started. We are baking from a book called,Great Cakes by Carole Walter. The book doesn't have very many photographs..which totally shouldn't stop you from buying it. Some of my favorite cookbooks have little to none when it comes to photographs. I will be posting each recipe on the 20th of each month and our first cake is the applesauce spice cake. It's kind of left up to us in regards to posting the recipe. Some will,some won't. Although I enjoyed the cake I won't be posting the recipe. The simple reason is..we loved the brown sugar glaze the best!

             If you have a favorite spice cake recipe that has a mixture of apples,nuts,cinnamon,and nutmeg..I would say please use this glaze to go along with it. We loved it. Like alot. I have serious visions of me making just the glaze and then taking the whole bowl into the pantry to eat alone with a spoon. I'm not saying I will. But I totally could. If you really want the recipe of the cake, click on one of the member links below and I'm sure you will find several who have included it.

Brown Sugar Glaze

3 TBS Butter
3 TBS Light Brown Sugar
3 TBS Heavy Cream
3/4 cup Sifted Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

In a small saucepan,melt the butter with the brown sugar over low heat. Then,stir in the heavy cream and cook slowly until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.

Take the pan off the heat and gradually add the powdered sugar in three additions,whisking until smooth. Add in the vanilla and whisk to combine. If the icing is to thick,add a few extra drops of the cream. You want is pourable but not runny. It sets quick so get it on the cake as quickly as possible.

Yield: 1/2 cup,enough to glaze a 9-inch bundt cake
Source: Great Cakes