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Spiderweb Applesauce Cake

Ready-to-spread cream cheese frosting "webs" put a fun spin on a crowd-pleasing apple cake.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 2 hr 5 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 24
 

Ingredients

2
cups all-purpose flour
1
cup granulated sugar
1
cup packed brown sugar
2
teaspoons baking powder
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
cup vegetable oil
1
cup applesauce
1
teaspoon vanilla
4
eggs
1
container (1 lb) dulce de leche or cream cheese frosting
1/4
cup vanilla frosting (from 1-lb container)
24
brown candy-coated peanut butter candies (from 12.7-oz bag of multicolored candies)
24
brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits (from 12-oz bag of multicolored baking bits)
2
tablespoons chocolate frosting (from 1-lb container)

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add oil, applesauce, vanilla and eggs; beat with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Spread in pan.
  • 3 Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and surface is deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Frost with dulce de leche frosting. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows, but leave in pan.
  • 5 To decorate, spoon vanilla frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and cut off 1 tiny corner. Pipe vanilla frosting in a spiral in corner where 4 squares meet (see diagram). Pull a toothpick from corner of each square through lines of frosting 4 to 5 times to create spiderweb. Repeat to make 6 webs.
  • 6 Place 1 peanut butter candy and 1 baking bit next to spider web on each square. Spoon chocolate frosting into another resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and cut off 1 tiny corner. Pipe chocolate frosting to make 6 legs for each spider.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add oil, applesauce, vanilla and eggs; beat with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Spread in pan.
  • 3 Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and surface is deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Frost with dulce de leche frosting. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows, but leave in pan.
  • 5 To decorate, spoon vanilla frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and cut off 1 tiny corner. Pipe vanilla frosting in a spiral in corner where 4 squares meet (see diagram). Pull a toothpick from corner of each square through lines of frosting 4 to 5 times to create spiderweb. Repeat to make 6 webs.
  • 6 Place 1 peanut butter candy and 1 baking bit next to spider web on each square. Spoon chocolate frosting into another resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and cut off 1 tiny corner. Pipe chocolate frosting to make 6 legs for each spider.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Skip the spider decorations to make a tasty everyday bar. Drizzle the vanilla frosting randomly over the caramel (dulce de leche) frosting.

Dulce de leche refers to a rich, sweet, caramelized milk that's popular in Latin America.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
43g
43%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
33g
33%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.