Fall Baking: Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

September 25, 2012

Jump into fall with this applesauce cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  Comforting, sweet, and delicious, this cake is something the whole family can share and enjoy.  The key to this recipe is to use unsweetened applesauce.  If have homemade applesauce, even better.  Applesauce cake makes for a perfect holiday dessert or can easily be devoured at your next family dinner.

Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

For cake:
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup walnuts (optional), toasted (see Tips), cooled, and chopped
 
5 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 
Directions:
 
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square cake pan.
 
Make cake: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
 
Beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
 
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in applesauce.
 
At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just combined, then stir in walnuts (if using).
 
Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until golden-brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
 
Cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely.
 
Make frosting:Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy.
 
Sift confectioners sugar and cinnamon over cream cheese mixture, then beat at medium speed until incorporated.
 
Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.

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