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Einkorn Apple Butter Cake

This is a delicious and nutritious cake made with an ancient grain.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Mary's Nest

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups Einkorn All-Purpose Flour Whole grain or partially sifted flour can be substituted*
  • 1 1/2 cups Sucanat, or other whole sweetener such as coconut sugar, maple sugar, or date sugar In a pinch, you can substitute brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fine ground sea salt Any fine ground salt can be substituted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 1/2 sticks Butter 1 stick of butter equals 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Apple butter, preferably homemade
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk Or yogurt or sour cream, thinned with milk

For the Icing

  • 2 sticks Butter, divided 1 stick of butter equals 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup Einkorn All-Purpose Flour Whole grain or partially sifted flour can be substituted
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat, or other whole sweetener such as coconut sugar, maple sugar, or date sugar In a pinch, you can substitute brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch Fine ground sea salt Any fine ground salt can be substituted
  • 1/2 cup Apple butter, preferably homemade
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

For the Cake

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F
  • Grease and flour two 9" cake pans. Optionally, line the bottom of each cake pan with parchment paper.
  • Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Alternatively, the ingredients can be whisked by hand.
  • Divide batter into each cake pan.
  • Place cake pans on middle shelf in oven.
  • Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes. When a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake layer comes out clean, they are baked and can be removed from the oven and placed on a cooling rack.
  • Allow cakes layers to cool approximately 5 minutes, then remove each layer from its cake pans and allow to cool completely on the cooling rack.

For the Icing

  • Place a small saucepan over low heat and melt 1/4 stick of the butter and add the flour to the melted butter. Allow to cook on low for 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk to the saucepan and bring up to a boil and allow mixture to thicken.
  • Remove saucepan from the heat and add the Sucanat, cinnamon, salt, and apple butter to the saucepan. Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients.
  • Transfer the mixture from the saucepan into a clean bowl and allow to cool completely.
  • Once the mixture has cooled completely, add the remaining butter and vanilla extract.
  • Use an electric whisk to whip mixture until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes, until mixture has the appearance and texture of whipped cream. Alternatively, mixture can be whipped by hand.

Assembling the Cake

  • Place first cake layer on serving plate or cake stand. Cover top with icing.
  • Place second cake layer on top of first layer. Spread icing on top.
  • Optionally, spread icing over sides of cake.
  • Allow cake to chill for 1 hour to allow the icing to set.

Video

Notes

*If you use 100% whole grain flour, you will want to increase the buttermilk to 3/4 cup.
Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-an-einkorn-apple-butter-cake/
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