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 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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