Apple pie cake with caramel buttercream & a GIVEAWAY! [Winner Chosen]

date07.02.12

Coinciding with my 100th post, Snixy Kitchen has moved to SnixyKitchen.com! When I first started this blog a few months ago, I fully intended to upgrade to a custom design within a couple of weeks. Who knew it would take time (for Lucas) to learn how to build a website? Well here it is: Snixy Kitchen as a self-hosted dot com with a facelift, courtesy of my hard-working boyfriend. The billion hours he put into this redesign sure do make a girl feel loved. On the new site, you’ll find artichokes scattered about – a nod to our everlasting love for the vegetable (you may already know that we heart them so much that we even named our cats Artichoke & Aioli). Between the new domain, redesign, and centennial post, we’ve got reasons to party here at Snixy Kitchen! To celebrate, I baked this fancy-pants applesauce cake with spiced apple pie filling and caramel buttercream frosting. Oh, and a homemade cake-topper. And, to thank my readers for sticking with me while I figure out the nuts and bolts, I’m doing my very first Snixy Kitchen GIVEAWAY! Details below.

First, some logistical information about the transition. The former WordPress domain will automatically redirect to SnixyKitchen.com, but do let me know if you find any broken links or technical issues. If you were subscribed to the previous site, I think I’ve moved you over to the new domain, so hang tight while I test it out. You may need to update your RSS feed, though (I’m only a little tech savvy, it seems). Now, what can you do to help? I’m so glad you asked. If you’ve linked to any of my posts in the past, I’d really appreciate if you could update the link by deleting the “.wordpress” from the URL. Even though the old links will redirect, updating them will help with my page rank. Last but not least, Snixy Kitchen has a brand new Facebook page, so head on over and check it out!

And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for: this swoon-worthy cake. When I settled on the different components I’d meld together for this cake, my mouth was watering just thinking about it. I have a bit of an obsession with cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream in unique flavors (you know, the kind you can’t buy at the supermarket). I’m also crazy for all things caramel apple. This cake satisfies both of these infatuations. Imagine biting down into a dense, moist applesauce cake. You taste a slight crunch from cinnamon and sugar-coated apple slivers, followed by smooth, rich caramel buttercream. Did you hear me? Caramel buttercream. I don’t know about you, but I could eat caramel by the spoonful. Now stop drooling and get your butt over here to eat a slice because I’ve got two tempting cakes on the counter and my hips won’t be happy if Lucas and I have to share them between ourselves. Yes, I spent two days baking a cake for this virtual occasion without any plan for who would eat it. I do not regret that decision because this cake is AWESOME (my glutinous stomach and my growing hips are at odds with one another). The applesauce, apple pie, and caramel flavors explode in your mouth. I’m going to go ahead and say it’s healthy because it’s filled with 4 cups of applesauce and two apples (never mind the butter content). And just look how cute it is! I just had to take a break from telling you about it to devour another slice. Totally worth it. A cake so lip smackin’ tasty that you don’t need a real-world reason to spend the entire weekend baking.

Homemade Customized Bakery Sign Giveaway!

To continue the festivities and thank you for your love and support, I’m excited to introduce my very first giveaway. One lucky Snixy Kitchen reader will win the homemade customized bakery sign pictured below! The sign is hand painted by yours truly on a cabinet door I picked up at a salvage yard, and I’ll customized it with up to 16 characters of your choice above the word “BAKERY” See below for customized examples and instructions on how to enter.

In addition to wooden spoons, I’ve made different versions of this bakery sign as wedding or bridal shower gifts for my friends over the past year (see snapshots below for sample customization). A similar style now hangs on my kitchen wall, too. At the last bridal shower, two guests tried to commission me to make one for their cousin’s wedding. Since I’d have to charge a ton to make it worth the time it takes to create each one, I countered with instructions on how to make it for themselves. Someday I’ll share a tutorial for you, but for now, I’m giving away a custom sign because I love you so much!

To Enter this Bakery Sign Giveaway:

Want your very own Bakery sign to hang from your kitchen wall? Just leave a comment below telling me about your favorite thing to bake. You can also gain up to 2 bonus entries for liking Snixy Kitchen on Facebook or subscribing to Snixy Kitchen via E-mail (see right). Just be sure to come back here and leave separate comments to tell me about each bonus you completed! Entries for this giveaway have closed. Congrats to Renee G for being randomly selected to win the Bakery Sign! Check your e-mail for information on next steps.

I’ll be doing another giveaway in the coming weeks, so keep your eye out!

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70 Comments

  1. Beautiful new site!! Can’t wait to make this cake. My two favorite things to bake are Cookies (browned butter chocolate chip) and muffins (blueberry) are my all time favorites. But with the summer heat I’ve been enjoying finding no bake desserts! Last night I made cookie dough truffles!! Congratulations on your 100 post!
    P.S. I liked FB page & entered email. That sign is sooo cute!

  2. Jessie Hegoas says:

    I wanna win some cake! Oh, also my favorite things to bake are Christmas cookies, because they remind me of my grandmother and it helps to get me into the spirit of the holidays.

  3. Angi says:

    Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. :)

  4. Angi says:

    ANDDDD I liked you on facebook. :)

  5. anabela martins says:

    delicious :))))

  6. Barbara says:

    Your site looks great! I found you through foodgawker. Your apple cake looks scrumptious!

    My favorite cake to bake is a lemon ricotta cake with raspberry coulis and fresh whipped cream. I make it for my birthday cake! :)

  7. Barbara says:

    I’ve subscribed to your site by email!

  8. Barbara says:

    And I have liked you on FB! Fingers crossed, I’d love one of your signs hanging in my kitchen!

  9. My favorite thing to bake is a three layer cake! YUMo!

  10. And I have subscribed! This giveaway is truly unique!

  11. spacemonkey1138 says:

    Snickerdoodle blondies, because everyone loves them. Cool signage!

  12. Susan says:

    Hello!

    I’ve subscribed to your site via e-mail, but alas, I do not belong to Facebook.

    I am not a good cook, but I enjoy looking at your delicious recipes & photos.

    My favorite things to bake are “Crunchy Nut Cookies”–part of my mother-in-law’s Christmas cookie assortment. Also, I bake pineapple upside down cake. The kids often liked this for their birthday cake.

    By the way, I did see the sign and wooden utensils that you made for Margot & Kevin’s wedding, and they were beautiful. They were such a thoughtful, unique, and creative gifts.

    susan

  13. abby says:

    i love making cupcakes

  14. Ariel says:

    I absolutely love making whoopie pies-there are so many (delicious) flavor combinations to try! Plus theyre fun to bake and look so cute when theyre assembled :)

  15. Tina says:

    Sarah! The new blog layout looks great, and your cake is gorgeous :) Also, can’t wait for MY bakery sign wedding present!

  16. Emma says:

    My favorite thing to bake would have to be cake! The options are endless! Most recently my favorite has been making checkered cakes because you can blend different favors in a unique and visually stunning way!

  17. Emma says:

    Also liked on Facebook! Have a great week everyone!

  18. Theresa says:

    I’m in love with baking everything lemon! Most recently, Lemon Cheesecake Creme Brule Bars!

  19. Renee G says:

    I love baking cookies, or every shape, size and color.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  20. Sarah C. says:

    Sarah, this cake was incredible. My gluten-fearing husband ate TWO slices. (And I ate the other one that was as big as two slices, so it amounted to the same thing!) Very yummy cake. Thank you so much.

  21. Emily says:

    My two favorite things to bake would have to be anything that needs layers and cookies. So many possibilities with both of them! Thanks for the giveaway and wonderful cake!

  22. Danielle says:

    My favorite things to bake are birthday cakes for friends. They always come out looking very home-made, but the love and effort forever pay off :)

  23. Bonus – added my email to new website!!

  24. Denise says:

    Gorgeous cake and gorgeous design of the site! My favorite thing to bake are probably brownies, but it’s a difficult choice;)

  25. Eunice says:

    I love the photos ;) and i absolutely love to bake earl grey tea cupcakes! :)

  26. Whende says:

    I love to bake birthday cakes :) making the special people in my life know that they are loved. Love your site!

  27. Whende says:

    subscribed to your emails… can’t wait to get the first one!

  28. Derek Wright says:

    This looks like an amazing recipe, I’m going to have to try it! I’m normally known for cookies but I do the occasional cake too… I love your blog, I don’t know how you come up with this stuff!

  29. Whende says:

    and “Like”ed you on Facebook :) Best of luck on the math dissertation. I love math (minor with a BS in Mechanical Engineering).

  30. Colette says:

    My berry almond tart is my favourite thing to bake.
    It’s quick & fail-proof, perfect for last-minute guests.
    It took me forever to test various ingredients and measurements til I got it right.
    Let me know if you try it and how you like it!

    http://justforfoodies.blogspot.com/2011/09/nap-
    interrupted.html

  31. candace says:

    my *current* favorite thing to bake is super rich, fudgy, dark chocolate brownies with a cream cheese frosting. mmmmm!!

  32. candace says:

    i subscribed via email.

  33. candace says:

    …and i like you on facebook :)

  34. Betsy says:

    I just subscribed to your email too!!!

  35. Betsy says:

    I liked on Facebook!!

  36. Betsy says:

    My favorite current things to bake are Nutella Biscotti and Mandel Bread.
    I love your apple pie cake recipe. It reminds me of a cake my mom made when I was a child.

  37. Robin says:

    I have too many favorite things to bake. Every Sunday I bake 2 types of cookies. I have to make double batches of each one, because as soon as they come out of the oven, everyone is scarfing them off the cooling racks before they’ve had a chance to sit a second. I do have a raspberry white chocolate cake that I make frequently as well.

  38. Robin says:

    signed up to receive messages to my email. can’t wait. oh wow, got one already! fast!

  39. Sarah says:

    My favorite thing to bake is bread. I hate the waiting but the reward is worth it. I already subscribe by email but I’ll like you on facebook!

  40. Cakes. All types of cakes :)

  41. Aimee says:

    These are just too cute! My favorite thing to bake is any kind of rich brownie.

  42. Aimee says:

    I liked your page on facebook.

  43. Samantha says:

    My most favorite things to bake are cookies!

    This cake is beautiful and sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  44. I love baking dessert. I am currently trying new cupcake recipes. I have made ones that have cereals in the icing, and ones that have fruit in them too. I am always looking for creative ways to bake them. My next conquest is the Snowcone Cupcakes from the July issue of Food Network Magazine!

  45. manda says:

    I like to bake blueberry muffins!

  46. Melissa says:

    That cake looks amazing!

    My favorite thing to bake is Cupcakes for sure.

  47. Caley says:

    That is a gorgeous cake! My favorite baking endeavor is cheesecake…there are so many ways to make delicious changes to the basic recipe!

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      Thanks! Cheesecake is one of my favorite things to eat, but so far I’ve only had success with mini cheesecakes. My big failure with a full-sized peanut butter cheesecake has me too nervous to try again:) Maybe someday when I have an oven that follows temperature orders more closely…

  48. Rachel says:

    My favorite thing to bake are brownies! Love those signs…you’re really talented!

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      Aw – that’s so sweet of you. I also love baking brownies – mostly because they’re so simple! No frosting needed.

  49. Elaine says:

    I adore baking cakes. I definitely plan on trying this Apple Pie Cake!

  50. Linda says:

    Missed the giveaway but the site looks great. And this recipe looks awesome. I’ll sign up for the email even without a giveaway to encourage me.

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      What a compliment! Thanks for coming by – I’ll be doing another giveaway in the next week or so, so keep a look out:)

  51. Oh this sounds delicious. I will for sure be making it.

  52. Lexi says:

    How much butter is required in the Apple pie filling??? I’m making this now and only just saw the omission.
    Looks FAB so far!!!

  53. Lexi says:

    Not too late. Many thanks! I was going to go with 2 but you caught me in time. Be well & happy.

  54. Latina says:

    I like to bake whatever people around me want; I love to see happy people!

  55. Emily says:

    This looks soooo tasty! I JUST finished making it… tomorrow is my hubby’s birthday so we will be devouring it then! I was able to sneak a few crumbs and scrapes of frosting and caramel and it is just delicious! I cannot wait to try a piece! But BOY was this a lot of work! Let’s hope it’s worth it! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      I hope that it was worth it! Would love to hear if you love it as much as I do:)

      • Emily says:

        It was just FABULOUS!!! I took some pictures of it for my blog… when I find the time to post it, I will let you know! Yours was much prettier! But the whole family enjoyed this very much. It may have been the best cake I’ve ever made.

        I had to use two 9×13 pans instead (hey, you gotta use what you have!) and I split the batter equally between the two and baked it for about 40-45 minutes and that worked just fine!

        Thank you, again!

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