This cake is beautiful just the way it is and everything I thought applesauce cake would be. It’s apple-y without being in your face apple-y. Sweet but not too sweet. The texture is just lovely. And the cinnamon in the cake adds the most delicate level of spiciness.
I am very selective of my recipes.
If I’m craving to make something new, I do a lot of research and testing until I find the one that my taste buds and soul connects with (baking is so deep!). If it’s a recipe that turns out perfect, I print it out and add it to my 3-ring binder arsenal, declaring it THEE recipe for that one thing. I don’t have multiple recipes for any one item; it’s a never ending search for the best. And here, my friends, I think we have one of those recipes.
I don’t think I need to try any other applesauce cake recipes (although I’m always open to it!).
Recipe Adaped from: The Baking Chocolatess
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 stick unsalted butter room temp
- 1 c light brown sugar packed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce homemade or approx. 3 of those snack sized containers
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 c confectioners sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
For the Cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour your pan; I used a 9 x 13, you could use cake rounds or other types too!
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a large bowl, beat softened butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy.
- Add eggs, then applesauce.
- Gently mix in the flour mixture into the butter/egg mixture until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and bake until golden-brown; test the center with a knife or toothpick until it comes out clean. About 40 minutes for a large pan, or a little longer for a loaf pan. Cupcakes will take about 12-15 minutes.
- Cool 15 minutes.
For the frosting:
- Beat softened cream cheese and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy.
- Slowly add in confectioners sugar and cinnamon into cream cheese mixture, then beat at medium speed until incorporated.
- Spread frosting thick over top of cooled cake.