Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Applesauce Snack Cake

In my shrunken kitchen, I'm trying to use as few dishes, bowls, pans, etc. as possible. This recipe from my Shortcut Cooking for the Smart Cook cookbook was perfect, since it required only the baking pan and a glass mixing cup for the microwave. Actually, I first made this last Thursday, and my dearly beloved asked for a rerun last night, so I'm guessing that means it was better than "not too awfully bad!"

APPLESAUCE SNACK CAKE

1-2/3 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vinegar (I used cider vinegar)

Use an 8"x8" or 7"x10" baking pan, ungreased. In the pan, put all of the dry ingredients, and stir them together well. Add the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in the nuts. Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cake tests done. Serve warm, topped with this sauce:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup orange juice or apple cider
2 tbsp whipping cream

Melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, then cook in the microwave for 1 to 3 minutes (depending upon your microwave oven), until the sauce thickens. Serve over the warm cake. Then cry because there will be no leftovers for tomorrow morning's breakfast. Grace, here's another winner for your cinnamon recipe collection!

14 comments:

Bunny said...

That looks good ! I love cakes like this, they are so moist and delicious !

Channon said...

The Knight's uncle LOVES applesauce cake, but that's one of his mother's (the uncle's mother, the Knight's grandmother) recipes I've not tackled yet. This one is easy enough I might give it a whirl and see if it will do...

Pam said...

Yum. It sounds tasty and healthy. I'll be trying this one out soon.

prairierunner said...

Looks like a good one. I might try it tonight as I'm feeding company:)

Katherine Aucoin said...

I have all of the ingredients on hand. I will have to try this.

We are still grooving on your foccacia! I've made it 4 times now...they all love it!

Paula said...

How cool that you can mix and bake this in the same pan! I prefer snack cakes to regular cakes. That topping sauce sounds yummy. I'd like it both ways ... one with oj and one with apple cider.

The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds wonderful! I love apple-style cakes.

Miriam in KS said...

YUM!

Tatersmama said...

This one sounds perfect! Once things cool down around here, I'll definitely be giving it a try!
My mom used to make the BEST applesauce snack cake, and these ingredients sound vaguely familiar... so maybe this is it!
I'll be dancin', if it is. :-)

noble pig said...

It sounds great, and if he asked for it again well then i know it was good.

Faye Lewis said...

Thanks for looking in and comment on my blog. I've got to try that Applesauce Cake.

Pam said...

Well, you can't ask for anything easier than that, can you? This is baking that I will definitely have to try.

Sara said...

This sounds great, I love applesauce!

Peter M said...

Yum, spicy cakes, apple sauce for moistness...get the coffee brewing!