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Honey Crisp Apple Cake

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In the introduction to this recipe for Honey Crisp Apple Cake from Fresh from the Market, Laurent Tourondel explains that he adapted this cake from his favorite carrot cake recipe. A quick perusal of the ingredients confirms this—all of the usual carrot cake suspects are represented, even canned pineapple. But this recipe is a little more complex than that. You start by caramelizing the apples in butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, then line your baking dish with the apples, in essence creating a tarte tatin-carrot cake mashup.

Once the batter is poured over the caramelized apples and the cake bakes, you're left with a spiced, super moist cake with a lovely upper crust studded with gooey apple slices. The original recipe called for a Calvados sauce and pumpkin spice ice cream pairing but since the cake was so tasty on its own, you really don't need the extra elements. Sweet apples plus a batter spiked with warm fall spices makes for a cake that really doesn't need anything else, but, of course, a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream never hurt anyone.

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Adapted from Fresh from the Market by Laurent Tourondel. Copyright © 2010. Published by Wiley. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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