Apple Spice Cake with Vanilla Buttercream 

Apple Spice Cake2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ginger1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/8 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 cup butter, softened2 Tbsp. vegetable oil1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed1/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed1 cup granulated sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract3/4 cups milk1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely diced combined with 2 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp. lemon zestPreparation:1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.2. Cream butter in a mixing bowl: add vegetable oil, brown sugars, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer for 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl often.3. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.4. Fold in the diced apple.5. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8-inch round layer cake pans. Bake at 350° 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack for 5 minutes, turn out of pans onto racks to cool completely.Vanilla Buttercream8 oz. unsalted butter, softened8 oz. vegetable shortening1/4 cup milk2 tsp. pure vanilla extract8 cups sifted confectioner’s sugarIn the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment cream the butter. Add the shortening and continue creaming until smooth.Add the milk, vanilla and 2 cups of sugar. Slowly mix then increase speed mixing until smooth. Continue adding 2 cups of flour and beating until all sugar is added and the icing is smooth.Icing with fill and cover an 8” cake with extra for decorating.