Cider Spice Cake

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This was my first adventure into baking with cake flour! I was very pleased with the final product, despite the fact that this is such a simple cake (I am not a vanilla and buttercream kind of girl) but I had to give this cider spice cake a try because it just sounded so heavenly.  I think this would make the perfect fall birthday cake for your loved one, just add candles! 😉

Cider Syrup:

1 qt apple cider

Cake:

1 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
2 cups light brown sugar
6 eggs, divided (room temp)
3 cups cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp apple pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cider syrup, chilled

Cider Buttercream Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
2 lbs confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cider syrup, chilled
6 tbsp half and half, divided

Cider syrup:

  1. Bring cider to a boil over medium-high heat, boil down for about 40 minutes and then let cool.

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Then butter and flour two round cake pans lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a second bowl, mix flour, baking powder, apple pie spice and salt.
  5. Then add the flour mix to the butter mix, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Then beat in the vanilla.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  7. Stir in 1/4th of the egg whites into the batter. Then fold in the other 3/4th’s into the batter gently.
  8. Divide the batter between the 2 pans and cook for about 25 min (depending on your oven, make sure you do not over bake).
  9. Let cakes cool and remove from pans after about 10 minutes.
  10. Drizzle cider syrup on top of both cakes (couple teaspoons- don’t soak it) and let the cakes cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy and then add sugar, syrup and 4 tbsp of half and half.
  2. Beat in 2 more tbsp of half and half if proper consistency is not yet reached.

‘Assembly:

  1. Place 1 cake layer on plate, and cover the top of the layer in frosting.
  2. Add second layer on top and add the rest of the frosting on top and along the sides.
  3. Garnish with more cider syrup and nuts!

 

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