Apple Dulce Cake

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When I owned my old cake studio, The Frosted Cake Shop, I served a lot of wedding guests.  Since all of the cakes were custom designed, the bride and groom were able to chose their own cake and fillings to create signature flavors.  For their cake tastings, I allowed them to select cake and frosting flavors from a fairly extensive list.  The wedding cake list had all of our seasonal flavors in addition to some specialty flavors that were not on the regular menu.  When the bride and groom were selecting flavors, I always recommended something chocolatey, something fresh and fruity, and something seasonal or unique.  When asked was my personal favorite flavor was, I always said Apple Spice Cake.

Fortunately for me, and all of you too, it is finally apple baking season.  It might not be time to pull out the boots and scarves quite quite yet, but that will not stop us from stockpiling recipes with apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, and even gingerbread now.  To add to this list of baked goods to be make this season, try this Apple Spice Cake.  You might not be able to do your own apple picking (although I hear that can be a very fun autumn outing), but smelling baked apples automatically makes anyone ready for the leaves to change, football games, pumpkin picking, and the like.  In this cake, layers of apple cake are placed between creamy Dulce de Leche buttercream.

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Dulce de Leche is a type of sweetened cooked cream.  It resembles the most creamy caramel you will ever taste.  I added a pre-made Dulce de Leche to Swiss meringue buttercream.  The Swiss meringue buttercream is not overly sweet, so the end product was just perfect.  Hello caramel apple cake!  To finish, you may ice the cake in the same buttercream as the filling, or use vanilla.  The cake was topped off with caramel dipped hazelnuts to add extra height and flare.

Head over to The Cake Blog for the full recipe of my favorite Apple Dulce Cake.

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