French Apple Pie Cake – apple cider cake layers with shortbread frosting, apple pie filling, streusel crumble and vanilla bean buttercream.
Thanksgiving Pie Cake
Finishing up my Thanksgiving Pie Cake series with my French Apple Pie Cake. Today’s Thanksgiving cake is inspired by my mom’s Apple Pie. She is a master at pies! I remember vividly many occasions in the kitchen by her side learning the art of pie crusts. Her mom taught her, and my mom taught me. I’m sure she cringes a bit every time I talk about my dislike for pie. I loved learning from her, but I never grew to love pie the way she does.
Instead or recreating my mom’s pie recipes each Thanksgiving, my new French Apple Pie is my tribute to a women who rolled so much pie dough in her life, it makes my hands ache just thinking about it. So much time and love goes into each pie she makes.
So, mom, this one is for you!
French Apple Pie Cake
For my apple pie cake, I started with apple cider cake layers. I recommend using a quality brand of apple cider. I actually got mine at Rowley’s Red Barn in Utah. The flavor is incredible and tastes more homemade than I could ever do myself. I think the key in a quality apple cider is that the flavor is much stronger than a cheap store brand version. And flavor is always number one for me.
For a pie crust element, I used my shortbread crumbs to make a shortbread frosting (similar to Milk Bar) to include in between my layers. I then topped the shortbread frosting with apple pie filling and a streusel crumble for a little crunch.
The cake is then covered in a whipped vanilla bean frosting, which kind of reminds me of the ice cream if you’re having your pie al la mode.
Remember, if you have any left over apple pie filling or streusel (which I’m pretty sure you will), serve a little extra with each slice of cake.