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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Applesauce Spice Cakes



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This simple recipe makes one of the best applesauce cakes I've ever tasted. The cake was originally featured on Food52 where it was drizzled with a caramel glaze. I prefer to serve it with a butter cream icing or, better still, warm and naked from the oven with a scoop of good ice cream alongside. Because there are usually just two of us to enjoy a cake like this, I make cup cakes rather than a single large bundt. What's not eaten is frozen and saved for another day. The recipe for the cake as it was featured on Food52 can be found here. My abbreviated version appears below. The only change I've made to the original ingredient list is to substitute nutmeg for the allspice. My palate is especially sensitive to allspice and I replace it with nutmeg or mace whenever I can. I hope you'll give this cake a try. It is quick, easy and delicious. I know that those of you who try this will be very pleased.

Applesauce Spice Cakes...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Food52

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 10 Texas-size muffin cups. Fill remaining two cups with three tablespoons each water.
2) Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and spices and set aside. In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a standing mixer, beat eggs with both sugars until light. Mix in applesauce, oil and vanilla until smooth.
3) Using a spatula, fold in dry ingredients, being careful not to over-mix. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25 to to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cakes for 10 minutes before turning out. Cakes can be served warm with ice cream or frosted when completely cool. Yield: 10 servings.








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44 comments:

Ginny said...

This looks really good, and I bet it smells divine! I would like making the little cakes better than a big one, too.

Nish said...

I've never tried baking with ginger & black pepper. This recipe sounds interesting! I'm thinking of omitting the eggs & increasing the applesauce. Hmm, wonder if it'll work...

Hovkonditorn said...

Oh, I like the flavors in these! Have a great day!

Fleur said...

Yum!

Tiffiny Felix said...

I love applesauce cake! And I love your idea of having it with ice cream....*yum* :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Warm and naked, huh? Sounds like you're describing Aussies in summer!!! Seriously, this recipe looks AWESOME - I can always tell by the spontaneous salivation ...

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Mary, it's funny... I don't care for allspice either! I love that you used nutmeg, good for you! I also like the fact that since you won't eat a bundt cake of it right away, you made it into 'portions' to freeze. You are one wise lady!
Best,
Gloria

What's Baking?? said...

I could almost taste all the spice. Looks wonderful, Mary.

MissB said...

I love cakes with spices... they're so delicious! Great choice Mary! :)

Kisses :*

Coleen said...

Perfect time of year for warm spicy cake!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very interesting with the black pepper:@)

ImSoVintage said...

Mary, this sounds so good. I haven't had applesauce cake since I was a child and my grandmother made it. I wonder if she used black pepper? I like the idea of the cupcakes, too.
Laura

North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard said...

I have bananas out of the freezer to make muffins, so the next baking spree I will try these out. I look forward to seeing what you are always up to in your kitchen, Mary. Thank you and great day to you.

Pam said...

I love spice cakes!

SKIP TO MALOU said...

The idea of having spices in cakes excites me... i just wish i had it right now as I am about to get up and brew myself some tea.
good morning!
malou

Becki's Whole Life said...

They sound wonderful. I love that you use applesauce and don't have to slice up any apples to get the apple flavor! The little cakes with the buttercream look divine!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

These really sound good must give them a try. Keep well. Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Thanks Mary. This is one of our favorite cakes. It's usually just the two of us so I like desserts that can be frozen for further enjoyment. I think "naked from the oven" sounds like a delicious way to serve them! Hope you are having a good weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

My own, personal applesauce cake - I love it!

Debi said...

I think this would be delicious on one of our cold evenings.

Renee said...

Mary, thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! It made my day ;) Your blog is stunningly beautiful, by the way.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Bless your heart, Mary. I've been looking for the ultimate applesauce cake and couldn't find it. This one looks like a winner!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Mary, your applesauce cake look interesting. Looks delicious too. Have a nice day.

kitty said...

I love your adaptation of this recipe & also that you made them into cupcakes. I love portion control & freezing the extras for another day or for guests that pop over.

JG said...

These look so tempting! Yummy!
~Judy

Priya said...

Great looking cakes,yummy..

Banana Wonder said...

What a perfect apple-y spicy cupcake!

Joanne said...

I usually substitute for allspice also! I'm just not a fan. the buttercream frosting was the perfect touch!

lemonverbenalady said...

I haven't been over too much. Didn't want to gain too much weight! Had to come by for some applesauce spice cakes. I canned some sauce and I bet it will taste great in this recipe. Thanks as always for sharing, Mary. xxoo Nancy

The Better Baker said...

You sure have some yummy dishes here at your blog..having to wipe the drool off my chin. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your nice comment. Do come again soon. Have a wonderful week.

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, These little cakes are a perfect partner for a good cup of coffee. Blessings my friend, Catherine xo

MÂȘ Angeles said...

Mary,
This would be delicious with coffee in the evening.
Have a nice week!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

There are so many great recipes over on Food52! I cold spend hours getting lost on there. Looks like you found a great one!

Eileen said...

This sounds like one I definitely have to try. I love nearly any type of apple cakes. :)

Cheryl said...

Hi, Mary!

Thank you for your comment on my blog! I am so excited to come here and see some wonderful recipes! I'm gonna have some fun checking out your site.

These applesauce spice cakes sound and look good.

Take care.
Cheryl

Jenn said...

I bet these were wonderfully moist!! And I'm with you.. butter cream icing or ice cream would be the way to go with these!! YUM!

tender b. said...

I love spice cake. These look great.

bellini said...

Yum!!!!!!!!!

Leslie said...

I'm not a big All-spice fan either. These sound soooooo good

kitchen flavours said...

These look wonderful. Love simple cakes like this, perfect with some warm tea!

Eliana said...

Hmmm - they look delicious and like the perfect little treat.

Christy said...

This looks very interesting; applesauce spice cakes!:) I wonder how it really tastes like..hehe, but I am sure it's good ;)

Claudia said...

I think I need to try both toppings to see which I prefer.... and then a third topping - just to eat these again.

Catalina said...

Mary, your cakes look amazing! I can easily imagine myself eating the entire batch :D Yum!

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