Sunday, July 17, 2011

Spiced & Nutty Applesauce Cake

A big hello to all my blogger friends and readers. I am back to blogging today after a month and it feels so good to be back. Last month was lot of fun with my in-laws. We took them to Niagara Falls and Finger Lakes in NY. It was a fun vacation.

My come-back post had to be with a "sweet" recipe. I had some applesauce sitting in my refrigerator from God knows when. I finally decided that I should empty some space in my fridge and use this applesauce. I went online and read some different recipes from many different sites. I finally decided to bake a spiced applesauce cake. I used the pumpkin spice ( the one we use in pumpkin pie), added some cinnamon, walnuts and raisins. Cake turned out moist and super delicious.




I couldn't help but eat a warm slice with ice-cream even before I was finished taking the pictures. I was taking the pics and I just couldn't help myself. Kept the camera aside, ate a huge slice and then resumed my picture taking session.


This cake was super easy to make. Just dumped all the ingredients together, mix and bake. Seriously!!

Here, let me share the recipe with you. (Click here for printable version)

Ingredients: 
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
2 cups (16oz) of applesauce
1 cup walnuts
3/4 cup raisins
1 tsp pumpkin spice OR all ground spice (whichever you prefer)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

Method:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degree F and keep a 9" inch square pan ready by greasing and dusting some flour on it.
2. Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
3. Make a well in the center of the dry and add applesauce,melted butter, walnuts and raisins. Mix well, making a smooth batter.
4. Pour the batter into the greased baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before inverting it on the cooling rack.

Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and enjoy the warm cake with ice-cream or as is with your favorite coffee or tea. A perfect evening snack cake.

19 comments:

Santosh Bangar said...

lovly yummy and moist cake
happy to se after long time

a girl's diary said...

the cake looks delicious

Carolyn said...

Welcome back! A great use for applesauce that needs to be used up. Looks delicious.

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

Woooh! It looks great...so moist, rich and flavorful...

Erin said...

looks like a great cake - moist and delicious!

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Did you go to the USA or the canadian side of the falls? I always preferred the canadian side, so much prettier! Welcome back to the blogging world, great dish to come back with. It looks delicious!

natalie said...

This is the perfect "welcome back" cake. Looks delicious!

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Welcome back! That is a sweet way to start with.. and your pictures are awesome..

janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

looks delicious Vaishali. I love applesauce cake!

divya said...

Healthy and tasty cake..Looks great!

cutthecookie said...

I think I want to make this. It looks amazing!

briarrose said...

So easy to make and so very tasty. Love it.

Joy said...

The cake looks wonderful.

saffronstreaks said...

what a sweet way to start with, absolutely delicious and moist, good way of using applesauce

Erica said...

Looks so tempting! Yum!

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Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said...

Looks so good and moist! I love adding applesauce to cakes and muffins it gives it so much more flavor!

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Rachel said...

What a sweet comeback. I love how moist the crumb looks.

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Adrian Bell said...

Delicious cake! I used pecans instead of walnuts and doubled the spices and my cupcakes were great. i frosted them with a cream cheese/buttercream frosting & i think i got close to 21 or 22 cupcakes out of this recipe. the apple flavor is pretty subtle though and i bet these would be great with some diced up apple added to them. id definitely use this recipe again. To see more info please visit http://essayhogwarts.com/research-paper-help/.

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