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Apple Pie Cake

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Apple Pie Cake is a yummy combination of moist cinnamon cake and apple pie. The best of both worlds!

Apples are a favorite, especially in fall. Crisp and chilled apples are my favorite. A few of my personal favorite apple desserts (including this recipe) are Slow Cooker Apple Bread Pudding and Caramel Apple Bundt Cake. Do you have favorite apple desserts?

Apple Pie Cake is a yummy combination of moist cinnamon cake and apple pie. The best of both worlds!

Apple Pie Cake

This recipe can be (and should be!) made all year round. It’s insanely good and has a particularly impressive presentation. Some will oooooh and some will aaaaah, but most will oooooh and aaaaah.

But let’s get real. This pie-cake hybrid is absolutely begging to show off for a big event. Thanksgiving, anyone?

I once ordered a similar dessert to be shipped to someone several states away. It was super similar, as a matter of fact. Long story short, it cost me nearly a hundred bucks. Next time, I’ll make this one and ship it myself. It’s every bit as gorgeous and probably tastes even better.

Apple Pie Cake is a yummy combination of moist cinnamon cake and apple pie. The best of both worlds!

At first blush, this recipe looks a tiny bit intimidating. Don’t be afraid of it though, even if you’re not a person who bakes a lot. From start to finish, it’ll take about 2 hours of your time.

Maybe a little longer the first time you make it. Once you’ve done it though, you will fly through it the next time.

Trust me when I tell you it’s worth it. There are a lot of steps, but they’re pretty straightforward. No fancy tricks here, just following the detailed directions from start to finish.

Why not bake one this week? You’ve got to try it before you make it for Thanksgiving, right? I know it’s a sacrifice, but you and your family will somehow get through it.

Apple Pie Cake is a yummy combination of moist cinnamon cake and apple pie. The best of both worlds!

How about an Apple Pie Layered Cake for a bake sale?

If you’re looking for a WOWEE dessert that’ll bring in the dollars, this one seems like a great choice to me. Sell it whole, or by the slice. I’m betting it’ll be sold out in a flash!

Enjoy!

Apple Pie Layered Cake

Ingredients

Ingredients

Cinnamon Sugar Cake :

  • 3 C flour
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 3 - 9 inch round cake pans

Apple Filling :

  • 5 Large granny smith apples peeled and chopped
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 C water

Pie Crust :

  • 2 - 9 in round store bought pie crust
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten

Cinnamon Frosting

  • 3 c unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 6 C powder sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag with a round tip

Walnut Crumble :

  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/2 C oatmeal
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter cold
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar

Instructions

Directions

Cinnamon Sugar Cake :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray the cake pans with pam baking spray
  2. Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until combined
  3. Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, sugar. and brown sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time until combined before adding the second egg
  5. Alternating between the flour and the buttermilk mix until combined after each portion
  6. Divide the batter between the 3 pans and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  7. Allow to cool completely on the counter

Apple Pie Filling:

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the lemon juice and chopped apples
  2. In a large pot, combine the sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
  3. Add water and bring to a slow boil
  4. Once water is boiling, add in the apples and bring back to a boil for about 10 minutes
  5. Remove pot from stove and allow to cool completely
  6. The sauce will start to thicken as it cools

Pie Layer:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place the pie crust onto the cookie sheet and brush with the egg mixture
  3. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden brown
  4. Allow to cool completely

Walnut Crumble :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, Whisk together the flour, oats, walnuts, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until combined
  3. Cut the butter into cubes and place into the flour ingredients
  4. Using your fingers, make the crumble
  5. Pour crumble onto the cookie
  6. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes and the remove the cookie sheet and mix the crumble
  7. Bake again in the oven for another 8 minutes before removing and allowing to cool completely

Cinnamon Frosting :

  1. Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients until combined, fluffy and smooth with stiff peaks. Beat for about 5-7 minutes
  2. Add more powder sugar if you think your frosting is to soft
  3. Scoop about 2 C of the frosting into the piping bag and set aside

Building the cake :

  1. Place a 10inch round cake board onto a cake stand
  2. Place 1 layer of cake onto the cake board
  3. Scoop about 1 C of frosting onto the cake layer
  4. Place a layer of the pie crust onto the frosting
  5. Pipe two large rings around the pie crust
  6. Fill in the middle with 3/4 C of the apple filling
  7. Place another cake layer on top
  8. Repeat the steps with the second pie crust
  9. Place the third layer of cake on top of the second layer of apple filling
  10. Using the remaining frosting, frost entire cake
  11. Use your hands to break up the crumble
  12. Coat the bottom and the top in the crumble
  13. Place cake in the fridge to allow the frosting to harden up
  14. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Makes 1 9inch round 3 layer cake
Prep time 1 hour
Bake time 30-35 minutes
Decorating time 2 hours

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