Apple-spice Layer Cake With Caramel Swirl Icing Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light molasses
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
For the icing:
  • One 14-ounce bag caramels
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone (Italian cream cheese, available at most grocery stores)
  • 2 cups pecan pieces, toasted (optional)

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