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Cabbage and Caramel Apple Cake

Weird? Maybe. But also really tasty! If you didn't know it had cabbage in it, you would probably just think it was some type of apple cake.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
cooling time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, apple recipes, cabbage and apple cake, cabbage and apple recipes, vegetable cake ideas
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula

Ingredients

Cake Batter

  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup canola oil or other neutral flavored oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ cup shredded cabbage
  • ¾ cup shredded apples
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

Caramel Apple Chunks

  • 2 apples, cut in chunks
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • milk this is a variable, depending on the consistency you are looking for.

Instructions

Cake Batter

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Prep cake pans. I used 2- 8 inch pans. Spray or butter well, set aside.
    In a small bowl, mix flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
    In another, larger bowl, mix the sugars and oil. To this add in the greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk. Next, add the cabbage, apples and pecans to mix.
    Combine the wet and dry ingredients and fold carefully. Don't overmix.
    Pour into prepared pans.
    Bake until toothpick comes out clean.
    Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans for about 5-10 minutes. Remove cakes carefully from pans and set on cooling racks to finish cooling.
    While the cakes are cooling, start the caramel apple chunks. Instructions below.

Caramel Apple Chunks

  • Add butter and brown sugar to heavy bottomed pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring pretty regularly , until butter is melted and combined well with the brown sugar. Add apple chunks to pan and continue to cook, stirring regularly, about 7 minutes. The apples should be slightly soft, but now mushy.
    Set aside and allow to cool.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Combine all ingredients and mix well. I like to beat mine on high to get it nice and fluffy.
    Once it's ready and the cake and apples are cool, start assembling. I cut each layer in half, giving me 4 pieces. Spread each layer with the cream cheese icing, chopped pecans and some caramel from the caramel apples. On the top, pipe the icing how you choose, then top with the apple chunks and remaining caramel. It's okay if it drizzles down the side and soaks in!