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William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake

 William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake
I bake my family-favorite fall cake to usher in this abundant season. It looks so luscious that eating one piece is nearly impossible. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia
12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • PRALINE ICING:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4

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William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cup sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 egg; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat oil with remaining sugar and eggs until well
  • blended. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking
  • soda; gradually beat into oil mixture until blended. Stir in apples,
  • carrots and pecans.
  • Transfer half of the apple batter to a greased and floured 10-in.
  • fluted tube pan; layer with cream cheese mixture and remaining apple
  • batter.
  • Bake at for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to
  • a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter and milk to a
  • boil. Cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in
  • confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over cake.
  • Sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 614 calories, 36 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 102 mg cholesterol, 407 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.