Applesauce Spice Cake

From-scratch and special—with a delectable browned-butter frosting—but not difficult to make.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 16
  • servings 15

Ingredients

Cake

2 1/4
cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups granulated sugar
2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1 1/3
cups applesauce
1/3
cup oil
2
eggs
3/4
cup chopped peeled apple (1 medium)
1/2
cup raisins, if desired

Frosting

1/4
cup butter (do not substitute margarine)
4
cups powdered sugar
1/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon vanilla
6
to 8 tablespoons apple juice or milk
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13x9-inch pan. In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add applesauce, oil and eggs; beat on low speed of electric mixer until moistened. Beat 2 minutes on high speed. With spoon, fold in apple and raisins; pour into pan.
  • 2 Bake 28 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3 Heat butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until light golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, the vanilla and enough apple juice for desired spreading consistency. Immediately spread over top of cooled cake. (Frosting sets up quickly).
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    380
    (
    Calories from Fat
    80),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    9g
    9%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    Trans Fat
    0g
    0%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    35mg
    35%;
    Sodium
    310mg
    310%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    73g
    73%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    56g
    56%
    ),
    Protein
    3g
    3%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    2%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    4%;
    Iron
    6%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    5
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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