Mmmm... Doesn't that sound delicious? Caramel Apple Cake!
I thought so, too.
And the recipe looked so easy!
Maggie-cat and Thatcher weren't as impressed.
By the way, this is an historic photo! It's the first time they've laid down together...at least without one of them holding the other one down in a choke hold!
Sunshine. It's their drug of choice.
I had plans to make this cake for our Sunday evening service at church. We usually have a small crowd, and the cake would be big enough to give everyone a taste.
So I gathered my ingredients,
Caramel Apple Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box (3.4 oz.) vanilla flavor instant pudding
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup milk
3 cups peeled and coarsely chopped Granny Smith apples
20 unwrapped Kraft caramels
3 Tablespoons milk
Preheat your oven to 350°, and prepare a 12-cup bundt cake pan by greasing and flouring it.
Beat the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl until well blended, and then stir in the 3 cups apple pieces.
Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan.
Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes, or until done. You can use the touch test (lightly touch the top of the cake - if it springs back, the cake is done) or insert a toothpick near the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cake is done.
So far, so good, right?
When the cake is done, let it cool for 15 minutes, then loosen the edges of the cake and invert onto a wire cooling rack. Let it cool completely.
Sounds easy, right?
It was at this point that my daughter said, "Maybe we need to buy a new cake pan."
I agree. This lovely thing came to us from a trash pile when we were living in Texas in the early 1990's. The price was right, but it has never - never - willingly released a Bundt cake.
I know what I'm putting on my Christmas list!
So, at this point, the next step would be to melt the caramels.
Add the 3 Tablespoons milk to the 20 unwrapped caramels in a small, microwavable bowl. Heat on high for about 1 and 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. When sauce is smooth, coll for about 10 minutes, or until it is slightly thickened. Drizzle over the cake just before serving.
Even though this cake would qualify as a fail, it was an equipment fail. The cake was delicious! Our poor friends at church, though. As soon as the vultures I live with learned that I wasn't going to be taking it to share, they descended on it.
Even before I melted the caramels.
Nope. Nothing wrong with the cake!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone :)