Apple Fritter Cakes
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Serves: 5, 4-inch round cakes
 
These Apple Fritter Cakes are moist, tender cakes packed with fresh apples, apple cider, and topped with a crisp, buttery streusel and enrobed in a vanilla, apple cider glaze.
Ingredients
For the Streusel:
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
For the Cake:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup apple cider
For the Apple Filling
  • 2 medium apples peeled, cored, and chopped (I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Honey Crisp, but you can choose whichever apples you'd like.)
  • 2 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
For the Glaze:
  • 1¼ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
First Make the Streusel:
  1. In a medium bowl mix the sugars, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Add the melted butter and mix until combined.
  3. Add the flour, and mix. Large clumps will form.
  4. Set aside while making the cake.
For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven for 350 degrees F
  2. Line with parchment and grease 5, 4-inch round cake pans. (Or you can use a 9-inch loaf pan)
  3. In a medium bowl sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined.
  6. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
  7. Add the flour mixture in thirds, adding ½ of the apple cider between the addition of the flour mixture.
  8. Mix until just combined.
Assembling the Cakes:
  1. Place enough cake batter to just line the bottom of the pan.
  2. Place 2 tbs of the streusel mixture and apple mixture in the pan.
  3. Top the apple mixture with just enough cake batter to cover it.
  4. Finally add another 2 tbs of the apple mixture and 2 tbs of the streusel mixture to top.
  5. Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for about 40 to 45 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. (If you use a loaf pan, bake it for 55 to 60 min.)
  6. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans on a cooling rack for about 10 min.
  7. Remove the cakes from the pans and allow them to cool completely.
  8. While the cakes cool, make the glaze.
For the Glaze:
  1. Mix all the glaze ingredients.
Assemble the cakes:
  1. Once the cakes are completely cooled, drizzle glaze over the cakes.
  2. Allow the glaze to set for about 5 minutes.
Recipe by The Crafting Foodie at http://thecraftingfoodie.com/apple-fritter-cakes/