Spiced applesauce cake

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This spiced applesauce cake with caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting is super soft and moist. Easy old fashioned cake for Fall and Thanksgiving parties!

When life gives you apples, you make applesauce and use it in this OLD FASHIONED applesauce cake recipe…hehe.

In general, I am not that fond of apples but I found a great deal yesterday and bought an insane amount of apples!

Now, I am going through family recipe books and finding all sorts of desserts to use up all these apples…lol.

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I love to make this easy applesauce cake every Fall and Thanksgiving.

It’s a family FAVORITE!

It’s loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and everything else that just screams AUTUMN!

My Mom pairs this classic applesauce cake with classic American buttercream frosting.

But, I prefer to pair mine with cream cheese frosting and caramel sauce.

These flavors work INCREDIBLY well together.

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Homemade applesauce cake recipes usually include chopped NUTS like walnuts, pecans and even raisins (YUCK!).

I OMIT that since I am not too fond of all that “nuttiness” in my cakes.

The texture of this applesauce spice cake is wonderfully SOFT and airy.

spiced applesauce cake recipe 6Here are some TIPS for making the perfect spiced applesauce cake:

  • Use a combination of both, granulated and brown sugar in this recipe. The brown sugar adds a rich “molassessy” flavor to this cake.
  • Butter and eggs must be at room temperature.
  • Nuts are optional. If you are planning on making a naked applesauce cake like I did, I suggest not using nuts since it’s harder to cut and slice pieces.
  • Once the cakes have cooled down, cover them in saran wrap and freeze overnight. This seals moisture into the cake and makes it super soft.
  • Add a little cinnamon powder (1/2 tsp) in the caramel sauce to give it a spicy kick.

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For this applesauce cake recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

Cake:
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 clove powder
3/4 cup chopped walnuts and pecans (optional)

Frosting and filling:
1 cup caramel sauce
Cream cheese frosting

Notes:
– Read all the tips above.

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together.

Step 2:
Then, add eggs and mix until thoroughly combined.

Step 3:
Add applesauce and mix again.

Step 4:
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon powder and clove powder.

Step 5:
Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
Don’t over-mix!

Step 6:
If you are adding nuts (optional), toss them in some flour and stir them into the cake batter with a spatula.

Step 7:
Pour this batter into two round greased/floured cake pans (Dimensions: 8×2).

Step 8:
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Step 9:
Once the cakes have cooled down, cover them in saran wrap and freeze overnight (optional but highly recommended).

Step 10:
To assemble the cake, start off by slicing the edges around both the cakes.
Place one cake on a cake stand and frost it with cream cheese icing.
Drizzle some caramel syrup and then place the other cake on top.
Frost the top of the cake with cream cheese icing and drizzle more caramel syrup.
And you are done!

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Applesauce cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
This spiced applesauce cake with caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting is super soft and moist. Easy old fashioned cake for Fall and Thanksgiving parties!
Ingredients
Cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ clove powder
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts and pecans (optional)
Frosting and filling:
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • Cream cheese frosting
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together.
  2. Then, add eggs and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add applesauce and mix again.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon powder and clove powder.
  5. Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Don't over-mix!
  7. If you are adding nuts (optional), toss them in some flour and stir them into the cake batter with a spatula.
  8. Pour this batter into two round greased/floured cake pans (Dimensions: 8x2).
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Once the cakes have cooled down, cover them in saran wrap and freeze overnight (optional but highly recommended).
  11. To assemble the cake, start off by slicing the edges around both the cakes. Place one cake on a cake stand and frost it with cream cheese icing. Drizzle some caramel syrup and then place the other cake on top. Frost the top of this cake with cream cheese icing and drizzle more caramel syrup.
  12. And you are done!

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this post, you may like some of these other Fall desserts…

Upside down pear and coconut cake

upside-down-pear-cake

Fall leaves sugar cookies

fall sugar cookie leaves

Chocolate tree  cake

fall-themed-chocolate-tree-cake

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

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26 Comments

  • Lori January 9, 2011 11:35 pm

    Great looking cake! I like being able to switch out the recipe with other fruits. I also have some applesauce in the freezer….now I have a great reason to use it!

  • Sandra January 9, 2011 11:51 pm

    The cake looks phenomenal! I love your photos!

  • Amy Bakes Everything January 10, 2011 6:15 am

    I was just reading a recipe in my grandmother’s collection for Applesauce cake! Gorgeous decorating, love the instructions on tips!

  • Angela January 10, 2011 6:44 am

    The mini cakes are adorable and love your decorating instructions. I would also like your cake with some cream cheese frosting.

  • briarrose January 10, 2011 7:36 am

    Ehehehe….I have my own giant pile of apple in the kitchen at the moment. 😉 The cake looks so tasty.

  • Kori January 10, 2011 8:38 am

    What a great cake for apple season! Sounds like a classic recipe, and I’m sure it’s nice and moist too. Yum!

  • Kate @ Diethood.com January 10, 2011 9:37 am

    That looks crazy good! I am imagining it as a soft, moist, sweet cake – sounds delish!

  • Magic of Spice January 10, 2011 3:08 pm

    What a beautiful cake!

  • Elle (Bromography) January 10, 2011 4:07 pm

    A lovely cake! The applesauce idea is a great way to utilize those surplus apples. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wendy Irene January 10, 2011 6:31 pm

    I totally agree with you…the best part is decorating! Have a wonderful evening!

  • Christina January 10, 2011 7:03 pm

    What a great idea for when you have too many apples! I do that too, living in apple country! Thanks for a great recipe!

  • torviewtoronto January 10, 2011 7:54 pm

    delicious presentation and combination

  • Cristina January 11, 2011 1:04 am

    The cakes turned out so perfect…sound delicious with or without the buttercream icing. 🙂

  • Medeja January 11, 2011 4:12 am

    Oh they looks so cute.. 🙂 I can only imagine how lovely it tastes with applesauce 🙂

  • Gitte January 11, 2011 4:31 am

    Great job decorating the cake….sounds like a wonderful moist cake. Great pictures.

  • Culinarian January 11, 2011 7:15 am

    What a gorgeous cake. It looks so light and fluffy.

  • Becky January 11, 2011 9:32 am

    I love your pictures and the tutorials. Your cake is gorgeous, and I need t get better at piping frosting, for sure. Thanks for the friend request.

  • basmah January 11, 2011 6:51 pm

    THAT’S MY SISTER YOU GUYSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS 🙂
    p.s im so proud of u abbyy <3 keep up the good woork! 😀

  • Magic of Spice January 12, 2011 9:57 am

    That is a seriously pretty cake…Love your photos and step by step too 🙂

  • [email protected] January 12, 2011 11:36 am

    What lovely cakes! I especially like those mini cake pans! Applesauce makes cake so moist, doesn’t it? I should use it more often!

  • Amy January 12, 2011 7:51 pm

    Beautiful cake! Sounds delicious as well, I love apples in a cake they make it so moist! What a great use for that frozen applesauce!

  • Kristen January 13, 2011 7:11 am

    Those mini pans are so cute. The cake sounds moist and delicious with the applesauce. You decorated it so well. A magnificent cake!

  • abeer January 14, 2011 2:22 am

    Thanks for all the comments. They make me so happy 🙂

  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on magazines One Recipe at a Time January 16, 2011 8:44 pm

    Wow, that cake is wonderful. I love the fact that the base of the cake can be used with so many different fruits. I have applesauce from this fall’s crop so I might just have to give this a try. I don’t know that I’ll try the decorating though. I’m cake decorating challenged. You, on the other hand, are truly amazing at it.

  • Eftychia February 21, 2011 4:37 am

    Another wonderful creation. You are so talented!!!!!!! Beautiful cake.

  • Cooking Rookie March 9, 2011 9:16 am

    What a great idea to use applesauce. I was just wondering if I could use shredded apples instead of shredded carrots in a carrot-like apple cake. Now if my shredded apples don’t work I can use applesauce. Apples add so much flavor to baked goods. I also use them to bake bread, it my favorite bread by far. If you’re interested, the recipe is here: http://cookingrookie.blogspot.com/2010/03/apple-buns.html
    Thanks for sharing your cake recipe! You have a great site. I’ll be back to check your decorating ideas 🙂

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