Apple Butter Cake

 The desire to make this cake was part of a brainstorming session with my son, who usually has to come up with a dinner once a week. Most of the time that means eating out. This time we thought of a spin on the apple butter pumpkin pie we occasionally make over the holidays. My son was initially thinking of an apple butter pumpkin cake, but we just went with an apple butter cake instead, with apple butter frosting and apple butter and apple butter frosting in the center.

One of the things we brainstormed was whether to make the cake from scratch or to use a box cake. We ended up with a box cake with a few changes to the ingredients, including some apple butter in the cake mix.
I don't do cakes that often, my cakes ended up uneven. I did take the time to actually weigh out the batter so that it would be an even amount in my two baking pans. The batter was not level in the pans so they did not end up that even. I believe most bakers do trim off the tops of layered cakes anyway, what we ended up doing was putting the bottom cake upside down and the top layer right side up.
Overall, this apple butter cake idea turned out to be successful. I was a little worried because I was changing the ingredients recommended for the cake mix, but it was delicious. It had a nice apple butter flavor.
So here is the recipe for the apple butter cake:
For the cake:
Yellow box cake mix
1 cup milk
1/3 cup of melted butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup apple butter.

Combine all the ingredients. divide in two greased and floured round cake pans. Bake according to the directions on the box cake or 350 degree (F) oven for about 20 minutes or until the cake is done. Let the cakes cool for a bit until taking them out of the pan.

Make the frosting:
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons of apple butter
1 Tablespoon of apple cider (I guess you could use apple juice, milk, or water) 

After the cakes are completely cooled. put your bottom cake on a plate. I spread some apple butter on top of that layer. I spread some frosting on the bottom of the top layer before putting it over the bottom cake. Then frost the cake. Enjoy!

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