Apple butter cake, cinnamon frosting, best EVER.


Apple butter really isn't as big a deal over here as it is in America. It's hard to find in the shops and when I asked someone last night if they wanted some, they said 'Apple JAM? gross.'
But it's not gross! It's amazing! It's like an apple pie full of spice that you can spread on your toast! You can definitely make your own and there are a ton of recipes online to help you but if you're in London too, you can pick up a jar at Borough market from the England Preserves stall. Their rhubarb and redcurrant is oh-so-good, but their apple butter's a definite winner.

Anyway, didn't want to use the whole jar up just spreading it on toast, but I also didn't want to cook it in a cake because it's flavour isn't strong enough. Compromise! A two layer apple cake, with apple butter as the filling! Are you drooling? I used a cinnamon frosting to cover it because I'm just an apple-cinnamon lover, but you don't even have to ice it if you like it all natural, it's a pretty moist cake. You'll like it I think.

Another american staple that's hard to find here is applesauce. The only kind we have is that sweet gloopy crap that they sell in jars to go with pork. I found the answer British food friends...
baby food! It's way cheap and you can get pure apple, or apple and pear and the ingredients are 100% fruit. Also, I had to show you the main reason to make this cake. You bite into it and you're like 'yeah, moist, appley. It's ok' and then BAM, you hit THIS:

Oh yes. Ok! Let's make it!

For the cake you'll need:

1/2 cup soya margarine
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, ground nutmeg and mixed spice
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 cup soya milk
1/4 cup sunflower/canola oil
1 cup apple sauce/baby food. Ha.

Mix the soya milk and vinegar in a big mug and put to one side to curdle. Put the margarine and sugar into a bowl and cream until smooth. Add the lumpy milk (mmm) and mix thoroughly. Then add the apple sauce, mix again, then add the oil and beat in until it's not oily at all. Then sift in the flour, baking soda, salt and spices and mix again until it's a smooth smooth batter.

Line two smallish cake tins with greaseproof paper and put half the mixture into each. Bake at Gas mark 4/350F/180C for 20-25 minutes, until they're browned on top and a knife inserted comes out clean.

Take them out of the oven and tip them out of the tins. Put onto a wire rack or board to cool while you make the frosting.

This frosting is ee-zee. It's pretty rich though. You'll need:
1/2 cup soya margarine
2 cups icing sugar
2 tsps cinnamon
a tiny bit of soya milk.

Cream the soya margarine for aaages with the icing sugar. Seriously, it takes a long time. Once it's all mixed, add the cinnamon and add a tiny bit of soya milk at a time until it's smooth and thick enough to slather onto a cake.

Hopefully your cakes are cool by now so put the first one onto a plate. Grab your apple butter and cover the entire top of the cake in the apple butter.

Then take the other cake and carefully balance it on top. Get a palette knife and cover the cake! It's a bit tricky. I decorated it afterwards with pecans but you know, whatever floats your boat.
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20 comments:

mysticxian said...

That cake sounds awesome. I'm going to have to try and make it.

fadryn said...

omnom that looks delicious. Thanks for the idea of using baby food for apple sauce - I'd been making my own from scratch, but if there is a lazy option I'm interested!
And next time I'm in London I will seek out the apple butter at Borough Market.
Nommy.

vegan.in.brighton said...

Oooh I really want to make this, it sounds awesome! I love the baby food idea too, the co-op do a pretty decent apple sauce if you manage to get the one without the bits but the one you used looks great!

Rose said...

This cake sounds and looks exquisite.

You live in London? I'm jealous. :)

aDeLiNe said...

I want to move in with you! It's too cold here anyway.

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks mysticxian!

fadyrn honestly, baby apple food is just the perfect lazy option!

thanks for the tip vegan in brighton, I just hate that chunky sugary pork sauce. bleurgh.

You have to try it Rose! Come and visit! :)

Adelineeeeeee, you are always welcome! xx

Rebecca said...

Oh wow, this looks so pretty and sounds *delicious*! Yum, I wish I had a slice of this right now. :) I didn't realize apple butter and sauce weren't available everywhere.

Katerina said...

Awe how cute! I have only just gotten into raw salads (and tried both broccoli and kale), they can be really nice. I will have to try this with cabbage since there is so much of it around these days.

Cedrick said...

Hi! I'm actually in America, and I was googling for Apple Cake recipes when I came across this. I would love to try this recipe, but I'm not familiar with "Mixed Spice." Could you tell me what it is and where I can get it?

Naomi Rose said...

Hi Cedrick! mixed spice is a mix of cinnamon, clove nutmeg and ginger I think, it's very similar to pumpkin pie spice, I'd use that!

Margo said...

I just made this... and it looks and smells amazing and delicious! Tonight is my Thanksgiving in the Summer night, and this will be our dessert! Thank you for sharing :)

Naomi Rose said...

Aw I'm so glad you like it Margo!

eastollman said...

Hi Naomi! Love your recipes and blog.
Do you think the apple butter cake would work as cupcakes? do you have any suggestions to modifications you think would work?
Thanks!

Naomi Rose said...

Hi Eastollman!

I think...it should work as a cupcake, maybe you could just spread apple butter on top, or mix a little apple juice into some frosting instead of soy milk? I'd make a smaller amount for cupcakes just as test first though, let me know how they turn out!

eastollman said...

I will let you know!
I'm thinking of maybe replacing the soy milk in the cake recipe with apple cider- or is that a horrible idea?!?
Thanks so much for your help.
Liz

Naomi Rose said...

hmmm...it might work, but the soymilk is curdled with the cider vinegar which thickens it up a bit, the cider might be a bit too runny?

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GP said...

I was looking for cinnamon frosting recipes and came across your post. I didn't make the cake, but I must say, this is the best and easiest vegan frosting I've ever made! Huzzah!

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks GP!

Katie-Lyn said...

Wow! This cake is amazing!

I make my own apple butter and I, too, wanted to try it on something more than my toast. This recipe was perfect! Definitely, a keeper!

I must admit the cake is really moist (LOVE), & thus crumbled quite a bit while I was frosting it. I think I was to blame a bit for this, too. I don't think I added enough liquid to the frosting. It was difficult to spread onto the cake.

Any suggestions for the future??

I've linked your recipe on my blog: http://gypsydustvintage.blogspot.com/2012/03/lately-ive-been.html

Please check it out!

P.S. I also made my own mixed spice! Here is the recipe I followed: http://www.ochef.com/answers/1613.htm

Thanks again!