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A rich history for a rich, moist cake.
Applesauce Spice Cake has been a favorite since Colonial times. It has appeared in American cookbooks since 1900, but it was promoted to a patriotic dessert during World War I because everyone had homemade applesauce and it was a cake that could be served plain or made special with some extras you may have on hand.
Celebrate Applesauce Spice Cake Day your way:
- plain cake dusted with powdered icing sugar
- plain cake served warm with vanilla ice cream
- plain cake with dollop of real whipped cream
- cake with crumble topping
- cake with browned butter icing
- serve plain or add walnuts, pecans, and/or raisins
This recipe includes instructions for both the crumble topping and the browned butter icing. Choose one.
Applesauce Spice Cake
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chunky applesauce
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 lg eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp butter
Browned Butter Icing
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3 cups powdered icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts for topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour 9" pan: bundt, square, or spring form
- Combine cake ingredients (except nuts) in bowl.
- Beat at low speed until all ingredients are moistened. Then beat at high speed until smooth.
- Stir in nuts.
- Pour into pan. Bake 35 minutes, until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan. Test center with toothpick for doneness.
- Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
If you want Crumble Topping
- Whisk brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in cold butter to make coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle crumble topping on cake batter before baking.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
If you want Browned Butter Icing
- Melt 1/3 cup butter over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes or until butter starts to turn golden. It will appear foamy and be bubbling. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Combine browned butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed while gradually adding milk until frosting is smooth.
- Frost cooled cake. Sprinkle with nuts.
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