Have you ever tasted something so good that you wonder how you’ve lived without it? Have you?
Over the weekend, a guest brought his mama’s recipe of “Candied Yams” to my house for Thanksgiving. OMG, let me tell you… the buttery PECANS absolutely floored my tastebuds! How had I lived 31 Thanksgivings without it?! I had made my own Southern Sweet Potato Casserole, but this young airman’s yams blew my sweet potatoes out of the water! I savored every single bite, and I begged the spoonful of leftovers from him before he left our house. I used it to top a leftover cinnamon roll for breakfast the next morning, and oh!
It was a VERY good thing.
That’s the kind of GOOD I tasted last week when I created this new cake & buttercream. See?
A lot of people have never had mascarpone cheese. Heck, a lot of folks have never even heard of mascarpone cheese. If you’re among either group, let me introduce you to your new best friend, mmkay? “Mascarpone” is a slightly sweet, Italian cream cheese. It’s a bit softer than traditional cream cheese. Previously, I’ve only used it as a spread on pastries, and I had some leftover in my fridge, so…
A star was born. A sweet, nutty, spicy, apple-y star that dances on your tastebuds in whimsy. And I promise you, this is the kind of whimsy you NEED in your life. There’s a bit of work involved, but the rewards are so worth it, I promise!
I was selected by Foodbuzz to create something new & exciting using both Duncan Hines® & and Comstock®/Wilderness® products, and I came up with this amazing dessert. I chose a Moist Deluxe Spice Cake for the Thanksgiving holiday, and sweet Apple Fruit Filling as the perfect complement. My favorite thing about Duncan Hines cake mixes is the absolutely VELVETY texture of their batter – seriously, it is SO silky-smooth! – and the light, perfectly-spongy texture of the final baked cake. Duncan Hines is my go-to brand when I’m making a boxed cake mix every time!
To make this cake, follow the steps below, or skip down to the recipe near the bottom of this post.
Gather the ingredients:
Make the cake as directed on the package, substituting an equal part applesauce for the vegetable oil called for.