Another fabulous Autumnal cake but I just LOVE apple cakes. This one comes from the new book that The Cake Slice Bakers are baking from this year - The Cake Book by Tish Boyle.
I do find frosting made with butter quite sickly so I wish I had maybe made a little less and just had a very thin layer of frosting. This time last year I made a similar cake with a brown sugar glaze. I think the cakes were very similar but I would really need to taste them side by side to know which was better but I do prefer the sugar glaze to the frosting.
Here is a link to Brownieville Girl's post of the same cake for the recipe. She just made a glaze with icing sugar and maple syrup which looks lovely - I think I will try that next time.
Here is my adapted recipe for the Cream Cheese Maple Frosting -
140g cream cheese, softened
30g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
pinch of salt
115g icing sugar, sifted
1. Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
2. Beat in the vanilla, maple syrup, spices and salt.
3. Beat in the icing sugar.
This looks to be a really great book with recipes for every conceivable kind of cake for all occasions. My only slight gripe is that it is another American book so there are a few hard-to-get-hold-of ingredients again. However, it does have metric weights for all ingredients as well as cup measurements, although, for some reason, they haven't converted the oven temperatures. If you are going to go to the bother of converting all the weights for an international audience, why would you not convert the oven temperatures which is surely a much simpler job?
There aren't photos for ever recipe but that would probably make the book prohibitively expensive with so many recipes but the photos there are are amazing and so inspiring.
It would also be a good book for a beginner as it has big sections at the beginning on all aspects of baking and decorating cakes.
I wonder how many recipes there are in this book - hundreds by the look of it! We will make one every month for the next year but I imagine this book will keep me going for years to come.