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Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake

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This old fashioned applesauce cake with caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting is soft, moist and packed with spices! Great for Fall and Thanksgiving!

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.

old fashioned applesauce cake recipe 6Here are some TIPS for making the perfect old fashioned 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 old fashioned 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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Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
This old fashioned applesauce cake with caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting is soft, moist and packed with spices! Great for Fall and Thanksgiving!
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

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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

  1. Lori

    January 9, 2011 at 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!

  2. Sandra

    January 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    The cake looks phenomenal! I love your photos!

  3. Amy Bakes Everything

    January 10, 2011 at 6:15 am

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

  4. Angela

    January 10, 2011 at 6:44 am

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

  5. briarrose

    January 10, 2011 at 7:36 am

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

  6. Kori

    January 10, 2011 at 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!

  7. Kate @ Diethood.com

    January 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

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

  8. Elle (Bromography)

    January 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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

  9. Wendy Irene

    January 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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

  10. Christina

    January 10, 2011 at 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!

  11. torviewtoronto

    January 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    delicious presentation and combination

  12. Cristina

    January 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

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

  13. Medeja

    January 11, 2011 at 4:12 am

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

  14. Gitte

    January 11, 2011 at 4:31 am

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

  15. Culinarian

    January 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

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

  16. Becky

    January 11, 2011 at 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.

  17. basmah

    January 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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

  18. Magic of Spice

    January 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

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

  19. Amy

    January 12, 2011 at 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!

  20. Kristen

    January 13, 2011 at 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!

  21. abeer

    January 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

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

  22. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on magazines One Recipe at a Time

    January 16, 2011 at 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.

  23. Eftychia

    February 21, 2011 at 4:37 am

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

  24. Cooking Rookie

    March 9, 2011 at 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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