And it happened again. Sometimes I can't help it. I find myself scrolling endlessly through pretty baking blogs and the Martha Stewart website drooling after the delicious baked goods and beautiful layer cakes. A variety of flavors and shapes, sizes and textures, levels of difficulty and technique. There are fluffy cakes with egg whites folded in, or dense bread like cakes studded with nuts. That's nothing. There's buttercreams in a rainbow of colors; cooked frostings, boiling on the stovetop; and glazes, sweet and dripping.
And then it happens. I haaaave to make something. This time I desperately needed to make a layer cake. Despite searching the World Wide Web, I found the cake recipe in our tattered Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook (1996). The Applesauce Cake was easy enough to be fun and it wasn't laden with butter like some of my favorite bookmarked cakes (I will come to those more buttery, more difficult cakes later...Cupcake Wars). But as usual, we had to adjust, just a tad, subbing pumpkin pie spice for our own measured mix of spices.
This cake is practically a one-bowl wonder. It gets texture from applesauce and its fall feeling from the warm mix of spices. In our book, Betty recommends either a cream cheese frosting or a maple buttercream. Embracing the cooler weather and the crisper air we opted for the delicious maple frosting.
adapted from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook
2 ½ C all purpose flour
1 ½ C unsweetened applesauce
1 ¼ C sugar
½ C water
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking powder
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour bottom and sides of pan.
Beat all ingredients in a large bowl with mixture on low scraping constantly. Then beat on high for three minutes and scrape occasionally.
Bake in rectangle pan for 45-50 minutes or two 8 inch round pans for 40-45 minutes.
Cool and frost with Maple Buttercream or your favorite frosting!
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup of butter
½ cup maple syrup
Mix powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl.
Stir in maple syrup.
Beat until smooth and to preferred consistency. Add more syrup or powdered sugar if necessary to achieve spreadable texture.