Recipe: Spiced Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My first documented recipe from back in the States had to be something baked in an oven, since I’ve lived without an oven for over two years. Going to a family friend’s house for dinner was a great excuse for me to try out this applesauce cake, which I adapted from smitten kitchen.

The cake turned out quite well — the flavor is excellent and it got positive reviews from various family and friends. Be careful not to over-mix the batter, however, as it can cause the cake to be somewhat chewy.

Spiced Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (adapted from this recipe)


  • For Cake:
    • 1.75 cups white flour
    • .25 cups whole wheat flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
    • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
    • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    • just under 1 cup dark brown sugar (you could even use less)
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1.5 cups unsweetened applesauce (I made my own: this recipe, minus the sugar)
    • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • For Frosting:
    • 5 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 cup confectioners (“powdered”) sugar
    • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Butter an 8-9″ cake pan of your shape preference.
  • Cake: Whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture is fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one is added. Beat in applesauce. Gradually pour in flour mixture with the mixer on low speed, and beat until it is just combined. Stir in walnuts. Spread the batter in the pan and bake it for 35-40′ or until it is golden-brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake for 15′ in the pan, then run a knife around the edge and invert it onto a plate. Flip the cake onto a rack and let it cool completely.
  • Frosting (make while the cake is baking): Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with a mixer on high until the mixture is fluffy. Whisk together confectioners sugar and cinnamon, then add it to the cream cheese mixture and beat on medium until a smooth frosting forms.
  • Spread frosting on top of the cooled cake, and enjoy!



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