Nutmeg Cake with Apple Butter Filling and Caramel Icing
Nutmeg Cake with Apple Butter Filling and Caramel Frosting. You'll love this very different cake from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Recipe type: Dessert and Sweets
For the Cake:
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 ½ c sugar
  • ½ c (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • Icing recipe, below
  • ⅔ c apple butter
  • ⅓ c chopped pecans
Caramel Icing
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c half & half (more as needed)
  • ¼ c butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¾ c powdered sugar
  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder,baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Please use fresh nutmeg if you can. You’ll thank me for it. Stir those together and set aside.
  3. In your mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and room temperature butter until they are fluffy. Add the room temperature eggs, one at a time, completely mixing each in before adding the next. Then mix in the vanilla.
  4. Mix in ⅓ of your flour mixture until just combined. Mix in half of the buttermilk. Once the buttermilk is combined, repeat the process with the next ⅓ of the flour mixture, the remaining buttermilk, and then the remaining flour mixture. Make certain to scrape your bowl with a spatula to get everything combined.
  5. Pour the batter into 2 – 9 inch round cake pans that have been greased or sprayed. Spread them evenly and bake for about 25 minutes or until they test done with a toothpick. Allow them to cool about 10 minutes in the pans, then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Once your layers are cooled, make the icing below.
  7. Place one of your cake layers on your serving dish or cake platter. Spread ⅔ of a cup of apple butter all over the top. I’m using a wonderfully spiced version that my mother-in-laws sends us. The Fall Branch, Tennessee Fire Department makes this every year as a fundraiser. It is the best apple butter I have ever had.
  8. Place your second layer on top, and pour the icing all over the top of the cake.
  9. Use an offset spatula to spread the icing evenly over the top and down the sides of the cake. Don’t worry about it being perfect. This cake isn’t going to last long enough for people to be concerned about visual perfection.
  10. Now for the final touch. Chop up about ⅓ cup of pecans, and toss them in a dry skillet. Heat them over medium heat, stirring continually until they are fragrant and their color deepens. Remove them from the skillet and let them cool in a dish. Then sprinkle them over the top of the cake. You don’t have to toast them if you don’t want to, but it only takes a couple minutes, and really enhances the flavor.
  1. In a saucepan, combine your half & half, brown sugar, and butter. Melt these over medium heat, stirring continually. Bring it to a gentle boil and let it bubble away for about 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. The mixture will bubble up a little. Stir it smooth and turn off the heat. Allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes. Whisk in the powdered sugar, about a third at a time, until it is all combine and smooth. This will make the icing very thick. If you need to, add in an additional tablespoon or two of half & half, until it is the consistency you like.
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