Caramel Glazed Apple Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Stripe

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   I was heading to Pittsburgh for a party at my parents house and when I asked what I could bring my mom told me I didn’t need to bring anything.  Well, since she didn’t really need any food for the dinner, I was looking around for a dessert I could make.  I had 3 apples that needed to be used up so when I saw the picture of the apple cream cheese bundt cake I was sold.

   Just the idea of the apple cake with a stripe of cheesecake in the middle was enough to set my mouth watering.  Top it off with a caramel glaze and I couldn’t wait to get making it.  I use 3 honey crisp apples from a local orchard in Pennsylvania.  They are probably the best apples I’ve ever had and their taste shined through in this cake.

     The cake was easy to make though peeling and chopping the apples is time consuming.  It smelled sweet and spicy when it was baking in the oven.  I didn’t have any until the party but it was pure bliss.  The caramel glaze was sweet, the cake was sweet and spiced, and the apples were a little bit tart.  The cheesecake layer was smooth and creamy.  It was an amazing cake.  My parents both said it was one of the best cakes I’ve made all year.  My husband doesn’t like apple cake all that much but he said this one was a winner as well.  I’ll be making this again soon!

Caramel Glazed Apple Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Stripe (adapted from The South Padre Island Flip Flop Foodie)
Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat)
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. white sugar
2 T. flour
1 t. vanilla

Apple Cake:
3 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. nutmeg
2 eggs
1 egg white
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. applesauce
1 t. vanilla
3 c. peeled, cored, and finely chopped apples

Caramel Glaze:
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. butter
2 T. water
1 t. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar

1.  In a medium mixing bowl combine cream cheese, butter, and sugar.  Mix until well combined.  Add in the flour and vanilla and mix well.  Put in refrigerator until ready to use.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.

3.  In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg.  Stir well.  In a smaller bowl combine the eggs, egg white, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.  Mix until combined. 
4.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are just moistened.  Fold in the apples.

5.  Spoon two-thirds of the apple mixture into the bundt pan.  Spoon the cream cheese filling over the apple mixture leaving a half inch border at the edges.  Spread until it is even and then take a butter knife and swirl the cream cheese into the apple mix. 

6.  Spoon remaining apple batter on top of the cream cheese and smooth over so that no cream cheese filling is showing. 
7.  Bake for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and use a cake tester to make sure cake is cooked through.  Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove from pan.
8.  In a small saucepan bring the brown sugar, butter, and water to a boil.  Boil for two minutes whisking constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Gently whisk in powdered sugar until smooth.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes to thicken then drizzle over top of the apple cake.


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