Hands down my favorite time of year is fall! I feel fortunate to live in an area where we get to see the four seasons pretty clearly. Fall days arrive and the air becomes cool and crisp, leaves begin to change color, something just feels different. It’s also a time that I enjoy baking more than ever! Prepping for the big holidays, especially Thanksgiving ~ the food event of the year! This Apple Cider Cake would be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table or any dinner party.
Apples are available all year long here in the states, a staple fruit, but something about fall apples is definitely special. To know they are picked right in your backyard through local farmers is incredible. And the flavor is absolutely unmatched. New Seasons Market strives on working with local orchards and farms to bring the freshest produce, including incredible apples in the fall. I’m thrilled to partner with them to bring you this simple, elegant fall dessert incorporating all the flavors of the season. Easy enough to make for breakfast but a standout dessert for a dinner party.
The inspiration for this cake was actually from a fancy tiered cake a made a few weeks ago using a brown sugar swiss meringue butter cream. I wanted to take the same type of flavors and incorporate it into a simpler cake with light delicate flavor.
Starting with fresh, crisp apples is key. For this Apple Cider Cake I chose to use Organic Rubinette Apples from Cinagro Orchards in Parkdale, OR. I found these apples right at my local New Seasons Market. These apples have a sharp almost tart start when first bitten then mellow into a sweet flavor. Really the best of both worlds getting a balanced sweet and tart flavor profile. Rubinette apples also are very crisp so even when cooking down, they retain their shape and firm texture. Feel free to choose your favorite apple variety for this cake, Granny Smith apples are also a wonderful baking apple if Rubinettes are not local to you. Check out New Seasons Market fall page with their local orchard partners.
Spiced Layer Cake
The base cake is made using fresh ingredients from my local New Seasons Market, including a delicious Gala Apple Cider found only in the fall season in the refrigerated section. Fall spices including cinnamon, fresh nutmeg and anise create a warm comforting layer cake that is sure to impress. I love picking up spices from the bulk section at New Seasons, it ensures I only get what I need which saves on my wallet but also keeps my spices fresh in my pantry.
Fresh Whipped Cream
There is something about fresh whipped cream that I adore in a cake. It’s light, airy and even when refrigerated stays soft and pillowy. Not to mention, making homemade whipped cream is extremely simple even the most novice baker can create. The creamy whipped cream between the layers of cake and apple help to mellow the sweetness creating the perfect bite.
The thing I love about cakes is you can make all the components ahead of time and assemble when ready to serve. It really takes the stress out of entertaining to prepare when you have time and not at the last minute. I hope you find the perfect time to make this lovely dessert and share at your next dinner party. You’ll be the star of the night! Be sure to check out your local New Seasons Market for the freshest ingredients!
As always, I love seeing your creations! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your beautiful creations. xoxo, Cosette
This post is sponsored by New Seasons Market, all ideas and opinions are my own.
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