Oh yea, Fall will be here September 22nd and I’m getting ready! Starting with this Caramel Apple Pumpkin Cake recipe.
As most of you loyal Sugar Babies know, Fall is my absolute favorite season. The weather is comfortable, boots are back in style, there is the sweet smell of dishes that is hearty, sweets that are made with apples and pumpkins, and football food! Man I love football season only for the food. Aside from the football food, I mostly love all things pumpkin and apple! I also love traditional Fall events, but I will get to that later. You know what I am talking about. A classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe and some awesome Apple Cider Donuts will do me just fine! Sense I love them both, I could not rest finding a way to combine them both, which is why you are looking at the best thing since sliced bread that is called a Caramel Apple Pumpkin Cake.
Honestly, I knew that I wanted to make an upside down cake of some sort but I wanted it to be seasonal, you know? That is when I knew pumpkin was definitely going to be apart of the dish. I actually made this cake twice to figure out, exactly how I wanted it and the second time for me was definitely the charm! You see, the first time I used Fiji Apples and it was good but it wasn’t great. I knew this cake could be better. So I used cake flour instead of all purpose flour (totally fine if that is all you have), I used Honey Crisp Apples (a major Fall seasonal apple), and I added pecans, and this cake came out absolutely beautiful! It looked like something Martha Stewart would make! This cake is definitely going to be a staple dessert around the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, in my family. I cannot wait to have them try this dessert cake. But I cannot wait for all the Fall events that are on the horizon right here in Cincinnati, OH!
For my Ohioans and Cincinnatians, we have so many great events that are coming up that I look forward to every Fall! Let’s see we have several Pumpkin Patches, apple picking, Queen City Haunted Tour (best around Halloween), King’s Island Fear Fest, HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo, The Dent Schoolhouse Haunted House, and many more! If you live near the local Cincinnati, Ohio Area, I want you to add one more event to the list. That event is “The Cheese Fest” that is taking place this Saturday, September 11th at Smale Park from 1:30pm-7:00pm. Let me tell you this is not just any festival, this Cheese Fest will have specialty and imported cheeses to try from around the world. There will also be educational pairings taught by Murray’s Cheese Mongers (wine, beer, or bourbon). Oh, and did I mention live music?! This is going to be an awesome good time. To prove it to you, I am going to giveaway 2 FREE General Admission tickets to a lucky winner so you can experience this event with yours truly! Yep, I will be there. Big belly and all. So if you live in the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area enter into the contest for your chances of being a lucky winner!
If you’re interested and have absolutely nothing to do this weekend, to buy the tickets are below! If you can’t make it, that’s okay you have a Caramel Apple Pumpkin Cake recipe to make, remember?
To buy tickets and to learn more about The Cheese Fest, click on the link èhttp://thecheesefest.com/events/cincinnati.
- 2 large eggs
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. pumpkin puree
- ½ c. vegetable oil
- 2 tsp. pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ c. cake flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 c. light brown sugar, packed
- 6 tbsp. butter, room temperature
- ½ c. pecans, chopped
- 2 Honey Crisp Apples, sliced and cut in half
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine the 2 eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree, vegetables oil, pure vanilla extract, and mix together. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth, set aside.
- Cord the apples, slice them slightly thin, and cut the full slice in half. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and butter and use a fork to mix both or a pastry cutter. Spray a 9 to 11 inch round cast iron skillet or round baking cake pan with baking spray. On the bottom of the pan sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly and sprinkle the pecan pieces on top. Use a rubber spatula to pour the cake batter on top evenly. Bake for 25-27 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Place a large enough plate or serving platter on top of the pan, flip over and carefully lift the pan to allow the cake to slide out. Serve as desired or continue allow to cool.