For some reason, there seems to be a large number of birthdays during the month of November. One of the things that can be challenging when you’re committed to a real food lifestyle is birthday cake! Birthday cakes are traditionally a place you’ll find lots of processed wheat, bleached sugar, trans fats, and chemical food dyes. On the other hand, you really want a birthday cake to be special, and pretty…a real treat. If you’re wanting something really beautiful and delicious that won’t leave you with a processed-food hangover the next morning, this apple spice cake with whipped caramel frosting is a great choice!

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

You can use gluten free or whole wheat flour for this cake, it’s pretty forgiving because of all the moisture from the fruit. The cake is laced with sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove. Basically, you’re making two delicious apple-upside down cakes, which form the layers of the cake. The tender apples are sandwiched in the middle of the cake, with whipped caramel frosting between them. Did I say frosting? This frosting is really delicious! A blend of whipped cream cheese and homemade caramel sauce…decadent, but much healthier than the Crisco-and-powdered sugar frosting that tops many birthday cakes. Pipe the frosting on in pretty swirls, or use whipped organic cream to decorate the top and sides. Add a sprinkle of German rock sugar for sparkle and you’ve got a beautiful cake that says “celebration,” but still keeps it real.

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

Start by peeling and coring some organic apples, and slicing them into thin slices. Line two 9 inch round cake pans with parchment paper, then layer the sliced apples on the paper. Set the pans aside.

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

Mix the cake batter up, and pour it over the apples. Bake the cakes until a toothpick comes out clean, let them cool for five minutes or so and then invert them on plates…peel off the parchment and let the layers cool completely.

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

For the frosting, start by making some homemade caramel sauce. Heat up some organic, unbleached sugar until it melts, being very careful not to burn it. This is probably the hardest step of the whole process, but as long as you keep the syrup moving and take it off the heat as soon as it’s melted, you’ll be okay.

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

Once the sugar has melted and turned a pretty amber color, take it off the heat and whisk in some butter, a little bit at a time. Then add some organic, grass fed cream and stir. Let the caramel sauce sit and cool completely…this step can be done while the cake bakes, so that the cake and frosting will be cool at the same time.

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

Once the caramel sauce is cool, beat 16 ounces of organic cream cheese with 1/2 cup of organic brown sugar or rapadura. Slowly drizzle the caramel sauce into the mixture and continue to beat. As the mixer runs, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of organic whipping cream and beat the frosting until peaks form.

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

Now you’re ready to frost the cake! Place one layer of apple cake, apple side up, on a cake platter. Layer on some frosting, and then place the second cake apple side down over the frosting.

Tender apples and rich whipped caramel frosting make this a delicious real food birthday cake.

Frost the sides and top of the cake, and pipe on whipped cream decorations (if you’d like). Sprinkle on the German rock sugar, or try other fun decorating ideas…dried apple rings and walnuts, a drizzle of extra caramel sauce, a sprinkling of cinnamon. It’s not hard to make a cake elegant and special, a few little additions are all you need! Whether the occasion is a birthday or a dinner party, this cake is a beautiful and tasty treat.

Apple Spice Cake with Whipped Caramel Frosting
 
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Birthday cake doesn't have to be totally unhealthy or taste like cardboard - this apple spice cake with whipped caramel frosting is delicious and all real ingredients.
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Serves: 9 inch cake
Ingredients
For the cake:
  • 3 medium-sized organic apples
  • 3 cups organic flour (wheat, or gluten free)
  • 1 cup organic evaporated cane juice or rapadura
  • 1 Tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon organic ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon organic ground cloves
  • 1½ cups organic, grass fed milk
  • ½ cup organic
    coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ teaspoons organic real vanilla extract
  • 2 organic, cage-free eggs
For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup organic evaporated cane juice
  • 6 tablespoons organic, grass fed butter
  • ½ cup organic, grass fed cream
  • 16 ounces organic cream cheese (here's how to make your own)
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar (or evaporated cane juice)
  • 1 cup organic whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon organic real vanilla extra
  • ¾ cups organic grass fed whipping cream (optional, for decorating)
  • ¼ cup organic evaporated cane juice (optional, for decorating)
  • ¼ cup German rock sugar (optional, for decorating) (
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