Apple spice cake layers with layers of white chocolate frosting, salted caramel and candied almonds.
I love finding inspiration for new cake flavors from other types of desserts. In the past, I’ve been inspired by ice cream, sweet bread, cookie, brownie, pie and now… popcorn! I recently tried the Almond White Chocolate Gourmet Popcorn from Choosy Chocolates, a local Salt Lake City candy company, and immediately had the thought that white chocolate and almond would be a great flavor pairing in a cake. Originally, I was just going to do an almond cake with white chocolate frosting, but that sounded too basic and the more I thought about it, I knew I wanted a few other flavors and textures in this cake. (You know me, basic isn’t really my strong suit.)
After I decided to add the apples and candied almonds, my mind then started thinking of chocolate and candy covered apples. (It’s like the book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” but goes more like, “If you give Courtney a cake flavor, she’s going to want to add another flavor to the cake. If she adds another flavor to the cake, she’s going to want to add some texture too. If she adds some texture, she’s going to want to add something savory or bitter to balance all the sweetness… My mind just doesn’t stop as I think these cakes up!) So, as I thought about candied apples, I couldn’t help but add salted caramel to the mix. I also wanted to give the cake a bit more almond flavor and added a teaspoon of pure almond extract to the white chocolate frosting, which seriously ended up tasting just like the popcorn!
I couldn’t be happier with how this cake turned out. I like that the cake itself isn’t too sweet because you get plenty of sweetness from the frosting, and then the salted caramel helps to balance out all the flavors.