Spiced Applesauce Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
15 min
20 min
55 min

8 to 10 servings

  • Nonstick spray
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups no-sugar-added applesauce
  • Powdered sugar, optional
  • Special equipment: Bundt cake pan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust the racks to the center of the oven. Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick spray.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Beat together the butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl with an electric hand-held mixer until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the applesauce, ending with the flour, being careful not to over-mix. Transfer the batter to the prepared Bundt pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, 55 minutes. Cool completely before inverting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if using.

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    Very tasty, but was concerned when recipe did not have" dust Bundt pan with flour" and the cake did stick very badly and just wish I had done used flour, as you do for cakes. Pan was seasoned, have been baking long enough to know better. 
    Very moist. My friends loved it. Easy to make when you want to make something quick, and have applesauce on hand. I used homemade applesauce.
    This cake is super moist and very delicious. No need for frosting or powdered sugar on top. 
    I was worried about it sticking to the bundt pan, but I let it cool completely before inverting, per the instructions. It came out without a problem or any coaxing. 
    I substituted the ground ginger for allspice and the flavor was still great.
    The batter is delicious - I am still waiting for the final product, but I am pretty darn sure it will be just as delectable! I put it in a 9x13 pan instead of a bundt, so I will need to check on the timing. I also made some maple bacon this morning, so I added a touch of bacon grease. My plan is to make a cream cheese maple frosting for the top and then crumble bacon on the frosting.
    I used this recipe as a "base" and added a 20 oz. can of drained crushed pineapple and about a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. I also didn't have enough light brown sugar so I used dark brown sugar. The cake was extremely moist and flavorful. Not too sweet...just right! Love you Neely's!
    This was a really good moist cake, I about 1/2 cup of oatmeal for fiber and it was great. The caramel icing is the perfect topping.
    I have made this cake three times. I changed the brown sugar to spenda brown sugar, it was still wonderful. I made it to take to a friends house and it got compiments from all who ate it. I have just started baking again since I retired and was glad to find such an easy recipe that tasted good.
    This cake was so moist and delicous and it had the house smelling wonderful. My husband and children loved this cake. I made a glaze for it as well and that was so easy to do with powdered sugar and a little water and nutmeg. It enhanced the flavors even more. Thanks Patrick and Gina.
    Super easy and soo deIicious!! I added a cup of chopped pecans and this sent the cake over the top!!
    I use self rising flour and my cake came out as if it wasn't cooked good not like a pound cake. Could that be my error. They said self rising has salt and baking powder.
    This cake is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delightful, right alongside a hot cup of coffee. I had to substitute the flour for gluten-free flour (plus 2 tsp xanthum gum and reduced the cooking time to 45 minutes, but I imagine the only thing affected was that the batter was a bit heavier than it would have been with regular flour. The taste, however, was wonderful, and I'll definitely be making this recipe again and again. (And the house smells fabulous when it's baking! Thank you, Neelys!
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