Salted Caramel Spice Cake (THM S)

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Let me go ahead and put this out there – this cake took me two tries. Not only did it stick to my non-stick, sprayed pan (GRR!) but also the flavor needed adjusting. However, in my absolute need to make the second cake a good one (as I was running out of ingredients), I concocted this amazingly flavorful cake.

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My little dude just turned 2 before Thanksgiving, and for his birthday I like to make Fall or Winter-inspired cakes. Last year, my mother-in-love made him an amazing pumpkin spice cake that he (and the rest of us) gobbled right up. This year, I wanted to do something a little different, but still keeping with a seasonal theme.

Enter – spice cake.

Warm spices are something I live for this time of year, and a newly discovered favorite addition is cardamom. Cardamom isn’t warm like cinnamon or cloves – it’s more floral like lavender, and complements the other spices with which it’s paired.

This cake is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and molasses for a deeply intense flavor. [The cake itself is dairy free, so if you need to go that route on the frosting as well, I suggest one of the dairy-free icings (pg. 309)  in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.]

Once the layers were cooling on the rack, I soaked them with warm salted caramel sauce. [YUM.] If the layers cool before you’re able to put the caramel on, that’s fine too. The caramel does stiffen slightly [like a glaze, almost] once it cools to room temperature, so you won’t have any issues when you try to frost. It should glide right over the glaze like a big, fluffy cream cheese blanket (Can you tell I like frosting?).

I finished it with vanilla mascarpone cream cheese frosting and chopped toasted pecans. If mascarpone cheese is unfamiliar to you, it’s basically an Italian sweet, and slightly softer, version of cream cheese. It does have a few carbs with it, so I only use a touch of  it in this recipe. I usually find mascarpone in the specialty cheese section of my grocery store. If you don’t have it, or your grocer doesn’t carry it, you can just replace it with extra cream cheese.

The layers are moist and spicy, while the frosting is fluffy and creamy; finished with crunchy pecans, and you have a real holiday winner.

*TIP: When you’re stacking the cake on your display stand, cover the stand underneath the cake with pieces of parchment paper. I rip a small square of it to cover the edges of the cake, but are still small enough to easily pull out later. This way, you can be as messy as you like while frosting it, then pull the paper out when you’re done and all the mess goes with it.

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Salted Caramel Spice Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: 16-18
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine dry ingredients with spices and sweetener in a small bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat together the eggs and yolk, coconut milk, almond milk, vinegar, molasses, and melted coconut oil.
  3. Begin adding the dry ingredients into the wet mixture in two batches, being careful not to over-mix.
  4. Prepare two 8-in round cake pans by cutting two circles of parchment paper for the bottom.* [You do not want to skip this step, otherwise your cake may not come out. Trust me, I lived it on my first attempt.] Lightly spray the parchment and sides of your pan with coconut oil.
  5. Pour the batter evenly between the two pans, and gently tap the pan (picking it up a bit and then lightly dropping it evenly) against a flat surface to release any air bubbles. Bake in at 350 degree oven for 30-35mins, or until an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly.

Salted Caramel Glaze (THM S)

  • Servings: 1 cup*
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Add the first 4 ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. *[The coconut sugar is optional. It adds a negligible amount of carbs and sugar per serving, less than 1g each. You can do molasses instead if you’re sensitive to blood sugar spikes.] Bring mixture to a boil and continue boiling carefully for 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly. The coconut sugar will caramelize slightly, and some of the liquid will evaporate off. Keep the heat at or below medium (about 4 on an electric range) to prevent the sugar from burning.
  2. Remove from the heat, whisk in butter and cream. Whisk in table salt, and sprinkle in sea salt.
  3. Cool for about 5-7 minutes, then spoon the mixture over both cake layers.

Vanilla Mascarpone Cream Cheese Icing (THM S)

  • Servings: 16-18*
  • Time: 8 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 3 blocks softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted, softened butter
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 1/3 c mascarpone cheese (chilled is fine, as the cheese is soft)
  • 1/4 c Pyure or Gentle Sweet* *(If using GS, grind it in a blender cup or spice grinder)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla bean paste (vanilla beans from the pods work also, or an extra 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 pinches salt
  • about 1 c chopped, toasted pecans

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except nuts in a large bowl and whip with a stand mixer (or with a handheld electric mixer) on medium-high speed until everything is fluffy and well-incorporated. Adjust for sweetness, if needed. *[This recipe makes enough to abundantly coat between the layers and outside of the cake. If your sweetener has a little “crunch” in your icing, don’t worry, it does break down once the frosting has a chance to set.]
  2. Coat the completely cooled layers with the icing, and stack. Finish the sides and top of the cake. [I like a more rustic, “homemade” look so I don’t spend a ton of making the edging perfect.]
  3. Cover the top of the cake with the chopped pecans. Store at room temperature for immediate serving, or in the fridge if you’re serving the next day.

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