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slice of applesauce cake with cream cheese frosting on black plate

Applesauce Spice Cake

A delicious spice cake made with applesauce so it's super moist! Frosted with cream cheese frosting! This recipe makes enough batter for three 6"x2" cake rounds or two 8"x2" cake rounds.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Serves: 8 cups
Calories: 244kcal

Ingredients

Applesauce Cake Ingredients

  • 4 oz (113 g) unsalted butter softened
  • 10 oz (283 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 oz (85 g) oil
  • 1 large (1 ) egg room temperature
  • 10 oz (283 g) cake flour
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp (1/8 tsp) cloves
  • 1/4 tsp (1/4 tsp) nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp (1 1/2 tsp) cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (1/2 tsp) salt
  • 12 oz (340 g) applesauce unsweetened
  • 1 tsp (1 tsp) vanilla

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 oz (454 g) cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz (227 g) unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 36 oz (1020 g) powdered sugar

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • #32 Wilton Piping Tip
  • Piping Bag or Bottle

Instructions

Applesauce Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F/176º C. Prepare your pans with cake goop or another preferred pan release.
  • Sift together your flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth with the whisk attachment.
  • Sprinkle in sugar and whip on high until white and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add in your oil and whip another minute.
  • Switch to the paddle attachment. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix until it is just incorporated, do not over mix!
  • Finally, add in your applesauce and mix until everything is combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Smooth the tops with a rubber spatula. Bake cakes until they feel firm in the center and a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs on it, about 25-35 minutes.

Cream cheese frosting instructions

  • Place softened butter in the bowl of your stand mixer with whisk attachment and cream on low until smooth. Or you can use a hand mixer!
  • Place softened cream cheese in the bowl with butter in small chunks and blend on low until smooth and combined
  • Add your orange extract and salt. Add in sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix until combined

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 244kcal (12%) | Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 15g (23%) | Saturated Fat: 6g (30%) | Cholesterol: 34mg (11%) | Sodium: 209mg (9%) | Potassium: 26mg (1%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 26g (29%) | Vitamin A: 264IU (5%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 9mg (1%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)