Candied Apple Pear Sheet Cake | Bringing together Fall’s gorgeous apples and pears to yield your favorite holiday treat! You get the BEST of both worlds with this cake! A delicious moist spice cake with layers of candied apples and pears topped with your favorite holiday candy…PRALINES! Add a drizzle of your favorite caramel sauce and you know you’ve got the perfect Thanksgiving dessert!
Watch your guests! They will be tempted to pick off the frosting. Yes, the praline frosting on this Candied Apple Pear Sheet Cake is that good!
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Have you ever baked with sugar cane syrup? This was my first time and I LOVED it! The best I can describe this new to me syrup is it tastes like a lighter version of molasses and is thinner then molasses. I loved the flavor it added to this cake! It really kicked up the caramel flavor and made the frosting taste out of this world! My stores may carry sugar cane syrup but instead of looking for it I ordered it from Amazon. Click here for what I ordered—->>>> STEEN’S 100% PURE CANE SYRUP.
Also….this recipe calls for dark brown sugar. If you’re like me you probably don’t use dark brown sugar that often. Because I rarely use dark brown sugar I decided to make my own!
HOW TO MAKE DARK BROWN SUGAR
- 1 pound granulated sugar
- 3 ounces molasses
- Add ingredients to the bowl of a food processor, pulse until combined.
For the Candied Fruit
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup cane syrup ( I used Steens' Cane Syrup)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 large apples (I used Fuji) peeled, cored and sliced
- 2 large pears, peeled cored and sliced
For the Sheet Cake
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
- 5 large eggs
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Praline Frosting
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
- 5 tablespoons reserved cane syrup from the fruit
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Optional: 4 tablespoons reserved cane syrup from fruit
For the Fruit:
In a large skillet, bring sugar and cane syrup to a boil, stirring constantly (about 2 minutes). Stir in butter until melted. Reduce heat to medium, add apple slices and pear slices. Cook stirring occasionally, until fruit softens (about 12 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool completely.
For the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 14.5x11x2-inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy making sure to stop and scrape the sides. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda. On low gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with sour cream . Beat until combined. Beat in vanilla. RESERVE 2/3 cup syrup from the fruit mixture; set aside. Fold into the batter the fruit and remaining syrup. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Praline Frosting:
In a mediums saucepan add the butter, sugar, cane syrup (reserved from the fruit), salt and pecans. Bring to a boil, boil 2 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar, mix until combined. If the mixture is too thick add the optional cane syrup 1 tablespoon at a time. Pour hot frosting over the cake. Use an offset spatula to smooth out the frosting. TIP: It's VERY important that the frosting is added while it's still hot otherwise the frosting becomes thick and hard like a praline.
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