I found a box of pumpkin cake mix in the pantry and decided to do something a little different with it. Last time I was home, I was admiring a mini Bundt cake pan. It is essentially a cupcake tray except instead of cup cakes it makes individual Bundt cakes. I like it because there’s a hollow in the cakes that you can fill with goodies.
The cake pan alone inspired this dessert and I’m so glad it did. It turned out great! And, as a bonus, it’s a really easy way to make boxed cake mix fancy. You’ll be sure to impress your friends.
PUMPKIN CAKE WITH CARAMEL APPLE COMPOTE
1 pkg. pumpkin cake mix
¼ c. oil
3 large eggs
1 apple, diced
½ c. sugar
1 tsp. apple pie spice
Cream cheese frosting
Preheat the oven to 350. In a mixer, combine the cake mix, oil, and eggs and mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Lightly grease the pan, and fill with the cake mix. Bake for about 15 minutes. Then set the cakes aside to cool.
In a pan, add the sugar and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a caramel forms. Mix in the apple pie spice. Heat the diced apples before adding them to the caramel mixture. Adding the apples in cold will cause the caramel to seize up and form a hard glob (yes, I learned this the hard way). Once the apples are hot, slowly add them to the caramel sauce while stirring constantly. Then, fill the cakes with the apple compote and drizzle with cream cheese frosting. Your taste buds will thank you.
I always cook for my boy friend and his typical response to every thing I make is, “this is pretty good.” However, after feeding him this, he said, “this is pretty awesome.” So that’s a step up! I am waiting for the day when I get a simple, “this is good!” without the “pretty” beforehand. One day…*sigh*
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.