Apple, Almond, & Cranberry Sheet Cake

Keeping up with the Fall theme, my next obsession is with apples. Thinking about what to make with them, I came across a recipe for an Applelicious Sheet Cake in my Better Homes and Gardens magazine this month. It looked so yummy! Thin sliced apples on top gave it nice contrast, appealing to my eye and the thin coating of icing on the browned cake was appealing to my taste buds! Decision made!

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I tweaked the recipe a little bit, mostly because I couldn’t find some of the original ingredients and because some of the ones I had on hand had gone bad! Yikes! Dried cranberries became my substitute for dried apples, all the ones at the grocery store looked really just…strange. They had weird ingredients on the label too.

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I chopped up the craisins so that they wouldn’t be too overwhelming in the cake, just a subtle hint of cranberry. The original maple icing became a cinnamon icing. The cake worked out so nicely, I could barely believe it! Moist and delicious, the perfect amount of tart and sweet!

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It’s been a lot of fun playing with recipes, something I was always a little too hesitant to do before. If I didn’t have the right ingredients or couldn’t find them, I simply wouldn’t make whatever the recipe was. This has been an awesome reminder to go with flow, be adaptable, be creative, and be adventurous! Granted, swapping cranberries for apples is no great adventure, but I think it represents something bigger. Life is what we make it, so when you’re missing something important, think about what you can do to change that. The solution might be different than you think!

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Apple, Almond & Cranberry

Apple, Almond, & Cranberry Sheet Cake
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Moist and delicious apple cake with a hint of cranberry and almond slivers on top. The perfect balance of tart and sweet!
Servings Prep Time
24 25 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 25 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Apple, Almond, & Cranberry Sheet Cake
Print Recipe
Moist and delicious apple cake with a hint of cranberry and almond slivers on top. The perfect balance of tart and sweet!
Servings Prep Time
24 25 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 25 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the cake
For the Cinnamon Icing
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Then, peel and coarsely shred one apple until you get to the core. Thinly slice the other apple. Cover and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, apple butter, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth. Then, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until combined. Fold in shredded apple and chopped craisins. Spread batter evenly into pan. Lay apple slices on top of batter and sprinkle almond slivers over the whole surface.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until browned and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Prepare the icing: whisk all icing ingredients together in a small bowl. You can do this while the cake is baking or when it comes out of the oven. After icing is prepared, drizzle over your cake while it is still warm. You may serve the sake slightly warmed or after it has cooled. Either way, Enjoy!
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