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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I have made this cake twice, and it turned out great both times! Super moist and delicious. Plus, it makes the whole house smell good. Really good also as just a base recipe-second time I substituted pumpkin for the applesauce and topped with a cream cheese glaze. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just inverted this. Came out beautifully. I used quite a bit of nonstick spray and waited for it to cool for about an hour. It slid out perfectly. The house smells delicious and hopefully it will taste just as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a wonderful delight!!!! The Neelys are an amazing family bringing us so many easy and delightful recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can you please let me know how long you baked this cake. I do not have a bundt pan and will also be using a 9x13. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published

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