NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY

Thursday, October 31, 2019

National Caramel Apple Day is observed annually on October 31. Try this flavorful cake that stays moist as long as it lasts, which isn't long! Here's the Caramel Apple Cake recipe listed below.

 

A fun memory from many people’s childhoods is eating caramel apples in the fall. It may have been at a fair, carnival, Halloween party or just home with family and friends, but the memory is a good one and part of the fun was making them.

Five Food Finds about Caramel Apples:

• Caramel apples (sometimes called taffy apples) are made by dipping apples, on a stick, in hot caramel.

• For caramel apples in high production, a sheet of caramel can be wrapped around the apple and then heated to melt the caramel evenly onto it.

• The most commonly preferred apples used in making caramel apples are tart, crisp apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji apples.

• Caramel apples are enjoyed by millions of people, young and old, across the nation.

• This holiday has been perfectly coordinated to coincide with Halloween as that is the most popular time that caramel apples are made and shared.

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Caramel Apple Cake recipe

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YIELD:  Makes 16 servings
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INGREDIENTS

1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-1/2 cups diced peeled apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
CARAMEL ICING: 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup light cream 1/4 cup butter or margarine Dash salt 1 cup confectioners' sugar Chopped walnuts, optional

DIRECTIONS

1. In a mixing bowl, combine oil and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients; add to batter and stir well. Fold in apples, walnuts and vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tub pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

2. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, heat brown sugar, cream, butter and salt until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth; drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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