Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Apple Butter Cake

Ooooo laaaa laaaaaa!  Apple Butter Cake with homemade Apple Butter is so moist, tender and delicious! Chock full of apple butter, raisins and pecans, it makes a wonderful snack cake for after-school or anytime. 


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup apple butter (easy to make crockpot recipe)
1 1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup dark seedless raisins (or golden raisins or craisins)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (could also use walnuts)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Measure all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, except raisins and nuts.

With mixer at low speed, beat until well-mixed, scraping bowl with spatula. Beat at high speed for 3 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour batter into pan. 

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool cake in pan or on wire rack.

Note: Can also be baked in 2 loaf pans if preferred

4 tbls. butter
4 tbls. cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbls milk
2 cups confectioner's sugar
Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until creamy. Slowly beat in 3 tbls milk until smooth and creamy. Add confectioner's sugar and beat on high speed until smooth. Spread frosting on cake.  Makes enough frosting for a 13 x 9-inch cake.  Double recipe if more frosting is desired.



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