Apple Pecan Layer Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

Bake this delicious apple cake topped by brown butter frosting with a nutty twist – a perfect Halloween treat!

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  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 2 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 13
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

Cake

2 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
2
cups granulated sugar
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2
cups applesauce
3/4
cup vegetable oil
2
eggs
1/2
cup chopped pecans

Brown Butter Frosting

1/2
cup butter (do not use margarine)
4 1/2
cups powdered sugar
6
to 8 tablespoons apple juice

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with shortening; lightly flour. In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add applesauce, oil and eggs; beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on high speed 2 minutes. Stir in pecans. Pour batter into pans.
  • 2 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.
  • 3 In small heavy saucepan, brown butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until light golden brown. Remove from heat; cool completely. In large bowl, beat browned butter, powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of the apple juice with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Continue beating until well blended, adding additional apple juice until desired spreading consistency. Fill and frost cake.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with shortening; lightly flour. In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add applesauce, oil and eggs; beat with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on high speed 2 minutes. Stir in pecans. Pour batter into pans.
  • 2 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.
  • 3 In small heavy saucepan, brown butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until light golden brown. Remove from heat; cool completely. In large bowl, beat browned butter, powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of the apple juice with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Continue beating until well blended, adding additional apple juice until desired spreading consistency. Fill and frost cake.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

While the kids are enjoying their own Halloween treats, the adults can indulge in a slice of this moist spice cake with brown butter frosting. Serve with rum-raisin or cinnamon ice cream and hot apple cider.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
670
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
410mg
410%;
Total Carbohydrate
106g
106%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
83g
83%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 6 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
7
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.