Autumn Surprise Cake

autumn surprise cake
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As soon as the first hint of fall arrives, I start craving this amazing Autumn Surprise Cake!

I fell madly in love with the flavors of this cake many years ago…and the thick, maple-vanilla icing on top is the stuff of daydreams during the long, hot Texas summer.  I just can’t wait to taste this little bit of heaven on a cake plate!  It’s always the first ‘fall treat’ to come out of my kitchen.

When no one is looking…I may or may not lick my fork clean.  Okay, I lick my fork even when people are looking, ha!  I have no shame.  You will lick your fork, too…trust me on this one!

I mean, really — with apples, pecans and coconut, what more could you possibly ask for?  Oh, you could ask for the rich, creamy, maple-licious icing, that’s what!  Simply put, this is a glorious cake!

Bake this for family and friends, and enjoy the rave reviews!  Be sure to dress it up on a pretty cake plate, and garnish with thinly sliced apple.  Yum!

Kitchen Kimberley’s Tip:  For garnish, coat apple slices in lemon or orange juice to prevent browning.  Lemon-Lime soda works, too!

Autumn Surprise Cake will take your weekend to a whole new level!

Autumn Surprise Cake is a recipe which falls into the category of “look forward to baking this cake every year”, and I certainly do just that!  I don’t really need a reason to bake this cake, but I think fall weekends are a great reason to have your cake and eat it, too.  I especially like to bake it on a Friday, so that my sweet Terry and I can enjoy it all weekend long.

For some odd reason, when I eat a single layer cake like this one, I feel a little less guilty than when there are 3 layers in a cake.

Does it sound like I am justifying the frequent baking of Autumn Surprise Cake?

Perhaps, but single layer cakes are a permissible treat around our house…and we eat them guilt-free on weekends!

Speaking of weekends, one of my favorite fall activities is a weekend visit to the Dallas Arboretum.  Have you visited yet?  You should!  There’s a lovely exhibit called Autumn at the Arboretum, and it is the perfect getaway for anyone who loves fall!

Pumpkins at the Arboretum

Around every corner are bountiful fall blooms, and there’s a 1-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove where you can lose yourself in the fun fall festivities!  We love to enjoy this exhibit and then relax with a light picnic lunch on the lawn.

There is so much to see and do at the Arboretum, and the whole family will love it!  If you’re in the Dallas area, it’s a must-see attraction!

Pumpkin House at the Arboretum

After a full day of walking and enjoying the colorful acres of the park, we look forward to coming home to a nice slice of Autumn Surprise Cake!

What’s the surprise?  Good question!

Perhaps the name indicates how surprising the fabulous flavors are that come from such a simple cake.  I didn’t name this cake…but I sure do love it, and hope you will, too!  It’s a simple cake with scrumptious flavor, and it bakes up beautifully in one simple 9-inch round cake pan.

Autumn Surprise Cake is one of the hundreds of fabulous fall and winter recipes you’ll find in my cookbook, Fabulous Foodie Favorites: Cook, Eat, Smile, Repeat!  available on Amazon.  Since I am such a ‘seasonal foodie’, I wrote this book as a kitchen reference for the cool seasons.  You’ll enjoy everything from appetizers through desserts, with cooking tips and serving ideas sprinkled throughout this lovely book.  Read a sample on Amazon, and then order your copy today!

Here’s the recipe for Autumn Surprise Cake, so run to the kitchen and bake this as soon as you can!  Oh, and once you taste that icing, think of other fall treats you can use it for again and again!  Pumpkin cupcakes?  Top them with this icing recipe!  You’ll be so glad you did!

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Autumn Surprise Cake

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Nutrition per portion

Ingredients
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, chopped baking apples (Granny Smith, Rome, or any firm apple)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • Vanilla Icing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Method
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Cake Instructions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples and sugar; let stand until juice forms.
  3. Meanwhile, sift together the dry ingredients, and then add them to the juicy apple mixture.
  4. Add egg, oil, nuts and coconut, blending well.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes; let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to  wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Icing Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix brown sugar, butter and milk; bring mixture to a boil and boil for only one minute.
  2. Carefully stir in powdered sugar and vanilla; remove from heat.
  3. Beat icing until smooth and thick enough to spread onto cooled cake.
  4. Spread icing onto cake and then sprinkle with chopped nuts.  Enjoy!

Until we eat again…happy baking!

~Kimberley

 

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