Apple Spice Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream
From With the Grains
The cake is made entirely with whole wheat flour. Along with the usual spice suspects (cinnamon, nutmeg, et al.), cardamom and sage join the party. The caramel sauce is accented with whiskey, which is folded into the buttercream icing, then spread over the cake. Last but certainly not least, more apples are sauteed in butter, allowed to cool, then arranged on top of the frosted cake.
If I were to engineer a breakfast heaven, this would be served at the entrance. There’s serious magic in rosemary steeped maple caramel, sea salt, and apples. Paired with oatmeal and the deep creaminess of fresh pecan milk, this is breakfast mojo dialed up like whoa.