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Applesauce Spice Cake

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 15
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From-scratch and special—with a delectable browned-butter frosting—but not difficult to make.

Ingredients

Cake

2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
cups granulated sugar
2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1 1/3
cups applesauce
1/3
cup oil
2
eggs
3/4
cup chopped peeled apple (1 medium)
1/2
cup raisins, if desired

Frosting

1/4
cup butter (do not substitute margarine)
4
cups powdered sugar
1/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon vanilla
6
to 8 tablespoons apple juice or milk

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13x9-inch pan. In large bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add applesauce, oil and eggs; beat on low speed of electric mixer until moistened. Beat 2 minutes on high speed. With spoon, fold in apple and raisins; pour into pan.
  • 2 Bake 28 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3 Heat butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until light golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, the vanilla and enough apple juice for desired spreading consistency. Immediately spread over top of cooled cake. (Frosting sets up quickly).

Expert Tips

Be sure to use butter for the frosting. Browning the butter gives the frosting a toasty flavor. Margarine does not brown like butter does.

Once the butter begins to brown, it quickly progresses to burned. As soon as the butter begins to turn a golden color, remove the pan from the heat. The heat of the metal pan will continue to brown the butter.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
310mg
13%
Potassium
60mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
73g
24%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
56g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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