Since we're getting closer and closer to the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recipes with everyone! Every few weeks, I will post a different recipe. Some are family favorites from over the years and some were shared with me from amazing clients.This mouth-watering apple cake recipe was shared with me by a client a few years ago and has definitely become a crowd-pleaser around our house!

I would LOVE to hear back from you if you try this recipe or if you have a recipe you'd like to share! ENJOY!

-Julie
 

Ingredients

CAKE
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon 
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. allspice
1 cup unsalted butter (100% applesauce is also a great substitute!)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
¼ cup apple juice concentrate
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups peeled, chopped apples
1 cup chopped pecans

BROWN SUGAR FROSTING
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. milk
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
‚Äč½ tsp. vanilla

Directions

CAKE
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices in a medium bowl and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in one egg at a time, stopping in between to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix in the apple juice concentrate and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients, stirring until evenly moistened. Fold in the apples and nuts.

Transfer the batter into a greased 9x13 glass dish. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for at least 1 hour before making the frosting so that the frosting can be poured on top as soon as it’s made.

FROSTING
Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat on the stove top. Stir in the brown sugar and salt and stir until the sugar melts. Add the milk, bring to a boil and pour into a mixing bowl. Cool for 10 minutes.

After the 10 minutes, stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat well and if the frosting looks too thin, add more powdered sugar. Spread on the cake while the frosting is still warm (it firms up and will be hard to spread once it’s cool).