November 14, 2008

Spiced Applesauce Cake


At this time of the year, I bake a cake for Aswin's birthday. I've made chocolate cake with whipped cream and black forest cake before, but this year with my theme of local eating I decided to do something simple and different.

I settled on spiced applesauce cake, partly because I made three delicious bottles of homemade applesauce from apples on the tree outside (recipe coming up soon) . I looked around and settled on a recipe from Simply Recipes website. It looked easy and manageable.

I tweaked the recipe slightly making it a cup of all purpose flour and a cup of whole wheat flour. Instead of walnuts, I put in almonds, reduced some spices as the applesauce was already spiced and decorated the cake with powdered sugar. In addition, I cooked some apple slices with apple juice and vanilla extract and put in between the two layers. The cake was perfect with some ice-cream :)

(adapted from Simply Recipes)
1 stick unsalted butter- room temperature
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tspoon baking soda
1/4 tspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 tspoon ground cloves
1/2 tspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tspoon vanilla
1 cup applesauce (recipe coming up soon)
1/4 cup plain yogurt, or 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup raisins

For filling between layers:
1/2 apple - sliced thinly
1/3 cup apple juice
splash of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter and flour baking pan, set aside. I used two cake pans.

Then mix the dry ingredients together - flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar an then add the eggs one at a time till the mix is light and fluffy. Next, add the vanilla and the applesauce and beat until it's all mixed.

Mix in half of the dry ingredients in to the mix. As you are mixing, add the thinned yogurt/buttermilk. Then add in the rest of the dry ingredients, until completely incorporated. Do not over-mix.

Pour out the batter into the prepared cake pan. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until done and the toothpick comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven.

For Filling:
Cook all the ingredients on low heat till it becomes thick and syrupy and the apples are soft.

Let the cake cool, then add the apple mix in the middle and put the second layer on top.


Garnish with powdered sugar and serve. We enjoyed ours after a lovely meal. Thanks Elise!

This is going to Maninas at Maninas: Food Matters who is hosting Eating with the Seasons!


  1. Birthday wishes to Aswin. The cake looks delicious.

  2. Hi Mandira, thanks a ton for dropping by my blog! This cake looks fabulous...feel like having it too:)

  3. Beautiful and delicious cake i am surre aswin enjoyed for b'day.
    Love the new look of the blog really beautiful.
    Happy birthday to Aswin

  4. Birthday wishes to Aswin.
    I baked a spiced cake too recently, but one with bananas. I like this one a lot more.
    Love the picture, Mandira!

  5. Happy b'day to Aswin..the cake looks delish! Love the new look of the blog too :-)

  6. Happy birthday to Aswin..the cake looks so moist!...and the new layout is fabulous!...great job!

  7. Gorgeous photo up top. The candles make the cake look like it's sparkling. Very pretty.

  8. The snap shows the texture Madira! Waiting for that 1 cup of applesauce .. will try this cake 'soon as you give it. :-)
    B'day wishes to Aswin.

  9. Hi Mandira
    This is my first time here. U have a lovely space.

    Cake looks so soft n moist.. perfect baking! well done. :-)

    I really loved the pics with candles.

    Do have a look at my blog!

    Happy blogging!

  10. mandira,
    apple cake looks so delicious...I love the idea of having it with Ice Cream:)
    In fact cakes made with apples are just always I crave for..
    Birthday wishes for Aswin..
    hugs and smiles

  11. suited for such an occasion, looks very good.. :)

  12. Cake looks gorgeous with the lit candles..Have some applesauce made at home..Will try this.

  13. Just reading this makes me go weak in the knees. Love your theme - supporting local foods.

  14. Aswin is lucky. Cake looks sooooo good.

  15. Looks awesome. Love that airy look & a great pic.

  16. Must have been a nice birthday with a perfect cake like that!


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