Sometimes a photo is worth a thousand words, and that's definitely the case with this Spiced Apple Cake recipe ~ you can clearly see the moist tender crumb, and I bet you can almost smell the warm aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The glossy frosting with with a hint of crackling on the surface tells you the rest of the story ~ yum!
standard 9x5 loaf pan
½cupunsalted butterat room temperature
1 1/2cupsconfectioner's sugar
apple cider (or milk) for thinning
1tspfresh grated nutmeg
Set the oven to 350F
Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the apple butter.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternately with the yogurt, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix just until combined, don't over beat.
Spread the dough into a 9x5 loaf pan (spray lightly with cooking spray and/or line with parchment paper for easy removal) and bake for about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it.
Cool on a rack while you make the glaze.
To make the glaze, mix the confectioner's sugar with enough cider (or milk) to form a spreadable glaze. Stir in the nutmeg to taste.
Spread the glaze on the warm cake.
If nutmeg isn't your thing, you can use cinnamon, or just a bit of vanilla extract in the frosting.