cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons water
of all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour
white granulated sugar
saltIf you're making homemade apple pie filling, peel, core, and slice the apples. Place the apples in a small saucepan with the water, butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until the apples are slightly softened. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook until apples are soft and the filling is thickened, about 5 minutes. Let cool before using. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray or brush with butter. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a medium bowl, combine the eggs and apple pie filling. Use an electric mixer to stir until the apples are slightly broken up. Alternatively, you can mix by hand, using a large spoon to break up the apple chunks. Add the cake mix (or homemade cake mix, pre-mixed in a separate bowl) and stir until there are no visible chunks of dry flour. Take care not to overmix, or the cake will turn out dense. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing. Store leftover apple cake in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days, or freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. It tastes great cold, but you can also reheat it in the oven or microwave before serving.
I had bookmarked the recipe for Spiced Apple and Walnut Cake from Alana Lowes' blog ages ago ( I used almonds in mine as I ran out of walnuts) and this time I knew that this is the perfect cake for concluding our Masterchef blog hop as it represents in essence how comforting home baking could be
Pour dry cake mix directly on top of the pie filing and spread evenly. In a greased 9x13 dish, mix apple pie filling and caramel sauce. You may add in the 1/2 tsp cinnamon if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until top is golden brown and apple filling is bubbly around the edges