Mary Sheehan Coming Home To Cook

December 11, 2008

Apple Spice Cake

Filed under: home base,Recipes — admin @ 8:56 pm

I made a big pot of applesauce a few days ago.  The MacIntosh apples were so sweet so it needed no sugar. Today is Sue Hesses  birthday and I adapted a favorite recipe for her birthday cake. Sue edited Coming Home To Cook and  did a brilliant job. It would be a very different book if it were not for her professionalism, patience, support and good humor!  So, a special cake for a special friend, with an Irish twist.  This is a small cake, easy and quick to make,  delicious and very light with all the flavors and smells of winter.

Preheat oven to 350 or 180. Grease and flour 2 8″ cake pans.

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour combined with 3/4 cup plain white flour              

1 tsp. baking soda   

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup soft unsalted butter

2 tsp. poteen (Irish moonshine) or 2tsp. rum

1 large egg

1cup plus 1 Tbl. unsweetened applesauce    (see this recipe under recipe section)                                                                                        

In a mixer combine flours, spices, salt and sugar. Cut up butter and add.  Separatley beat the  egg. Add the egg, liquor and  applesauce slowly to the batter. Mix for a few minutes until all ingredients are well blended. Pour into pans and bake for 35 minutes.

Icing:

2 cups powdered (icing, confectioners) sugar

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. poteen (or rum)

1 Tbl. cream (or milk)

In a mixer add all ingredients in order and blend until smooth.

When  the cake cools, remove from pans.  Ice the top of 1 cake, sprinkle with1/4 cup of chopped crystalized ginger, place the other cake on top and ice cake top and sides. Decorate with whole pecans.

 

                                            

                                                            

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