Sunday, January 6, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Just Desserts: Apple Spice Cake

This is a variation of the Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe that I posted earlier.

Apple Spice Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened to room tempature)
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups thin sliced apples (granny smith)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a medium bowl, mix or sift dry ingredients together.

In a large bowl, cream butter & sugar -- whip until very smooth. Continue beating, adding eggs and vanilla. When mixture is peaking, add applesauce.

Continue mixing on low speed, add flour and milk -- alternating flour and milk until well blended. Mix at high speed for 1 minute.

Fold in apple slices, then spread batter into a well-greased tube cake pan or 13x9 baking pan.

Place in center of rack and back for 40-45 minutes -- until a toothpick comes out clean.

For tube pans, cool at least 30 minutes before transferring to serving dish. The cake will appear to "fall" in places as it cools. This is the cake settling around the apple slices.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Serve cold with whipped cream.

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