One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the smell of food cooking in the kitchen! With today's fast pace lifestyle we don't always take time to enjoy cooking and baking, when it can actually be very rewarding. I recently found a great recipe for a Gooey Carmel Apple Cake that is perfect for Thanksgiving!
Here is what you need:
• 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
• 2 large eggs
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
• Caramel Topping, heated
In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat together sugar, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the milk, flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring just until blended. Stir in apples.
Pour apple cake batter into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350° until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center, about 30 to 40 minutes. With a fork, pierce cake all over. Pour hot caramel topping over cake. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.
• 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1/4 cup heavy cream
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine brown sugar, butter, and cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour caramel topping over hot apple cake.
If you want to change it up you can make cupcakes or use a different fruit. I used a fruit dip (marshmallow fluff & cream cheese) as the icing over the caramel topping and it was yummy!