Here’s a moist and fruity cake, filled with homemade applesauce, topped with a smooth cream-cheese frosting, covered with homemade apple crisps, drizzled with a sage-enhanced caramel, and speckled with crunchy walnuts. Wow, indeed.

It’s another cake from The New Way to Cake, by Benjamina Ebuehi, “Apple Cake with Sage Caramel.” And though it sounds like an intimidating project, I approached it calmly, pacing myself for all the necessary steps. It’s not scary. I promise.

So, rather than preheating my oven right away (as the recipe instructs), I first cooked my applesauce, peeling and chopping and simmering two apples. The scent of apples cooking, for 20 minutes, was comforting. While the apples bubbled, I took out my mandoline to get 20 neat slices from my remaining apple. Only then, did I heat my oven to 285 degrees F and place my 20 slices of apple on the parchment-lined baking sheet. I baked these for 65 minutes, until they were “dry to the touch.”

During this stretch of time, I steeped my cream with sage on the stove top for 40 minutes, in anticipation of its role in the upcoming caramel.

After blending the cake batter (easy in the stand mixer), I baked this cake for 35 minutes, until “brown and springy.”

There’s a lot of “cool completely” situations in this specific cake process. Cool the applesauce, cool the cream, cool the cake, cool the caramel. These are minutes to be calm and proud.

Now, let’s talk about the caramel. Pouring the cream into the melted, amber-colored sugar in the saucepan does indeed bubble up. Make sure to immediately remove the saucepan from the heat, so you can whisk constantly to avoid clumping. It’s hot. It’s sticky. And all that.

The caramel is surely an “unexpected delight.” Sweet, sticky … and it tastes like sage! Crazy.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The New Way To Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - The New Way To Cake - and our choices for October 2020 were ~

Apple Cake with Sage Caramel

Malted Chocolate Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache

Caramelized Plantain Upside-Down Cake