Cinnamon Apple Layered Cake – Best Fast Healthy Thanksgiving Food Idea On A Budget

Makes one 6-inch round cake, serving 8 generous slices.


For the spiced apple sponge:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/8 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 7 ounces cooking apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

For the vanilla syrup:

  • 5/8 cup water
  • 3⁄4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or to taste)

For the caramel frosting:

  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • Generous 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 1⁄4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 5 1⁄4 ounces dulce de leche (alternatively, use caramel made from sweetened condensed milk)

For the dipping caramel:

  • 1 1/8 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For the decoration

  • 3 mini crab apples Bay leaves or apple leaves


  • Three 6-inch round sandwich pans
  • Sugar thermometer
  • Pastry bag
  • Large round piping tip


Make the sponge one day ahead.

To make the spiced apple sponge:

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