Easy Apple Spice Cake makes a wholesome snack

Easy apple spice cake is a moist and wholesome

I think that cakes often get a bad rap.

They have this reputation for being a little time consuming to make and suitable for Sunday dinners and special occasions only.

But some of the best cakes out there are muffin-simple. Made with real butter and good stone-ground flour, they’ve got flavour to spare and have no need to be dressed with frosting.

Plus, there is only one easy pan to clean, not a dozen muffin cups.

Easy Apple spice cake is a moist and wholesome

Here’s a delicious cake that’s a synch to mix up and makes a wholesome treat. No occasion required.

I make this apple spice cake with stone ground flour and homemade apple sauce but it works just as well with conventional white flour and store-bought apple sauce.

It’s actually a gingerbread, sweetened with molasses and lightly spiced with ginger and cinnamon. As gingerbreads go this one is on the gentle side, denser than hot water gingerbreads but mild in flavour. If you use stone ground flour it’s sweet, nutty flavour will shine through.

Easy Apple spice cake is a moist and wholesome

Serve this apple spice cake as a snack cake, tuck it in your kids’ lunchbox or sprinkle it with icing sugar and serve it as a dessert.

It’s that kind of cake – forever adaptable to the occasion.

Easy Apple Spice Cake

  • 2/3 cup sugar (can be reduce to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (make your own from local apples)
  • 1/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour (stone ground spelt or whole white, if you have it)
  1. In one bowl place sifted dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl beat applesauce, molasses, eggs, and soft butter.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Beat well by hand or with an electric beater for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour into greased and floured 9″ round or square cake pan and bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan to finish cooking.
  7. To serve, dust with icing sugar and cut into wedges.

Tip: line the pan with parchment paper for extra easy removal from pan.

If you love snack cakes you might like our whole wheat apple sauce cake recipe

Whole wheat apple sauce cake is wholesome and delicious

 

 

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Whole wheat applesauce cake recipe & memories made in the kitchen

whole wheat applesauce cake recipe is healthy and delicious

Everyone should have a good snack cake recipe, an everyday cake that you can feed your kids afterschool, or eat as a mid-morning snack with your coffee. A cake that acts like a muffin.

This is that sort of cake.

The recipe came from a friend of mine who sometimes bakes it for her boys as an afterschool snack. So they pile in the back door to the smell of spice cake. How’s that for memory making?

Dense and moist thanks to the applesauce and a hint of molasses, this not-too-sweet cake is extra satisfying (and flavourful) when made with whole wheat or spelt flour.

It can be a great dinner party stand in too, served with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of cider sauce.

whole wheat applesauce cake

Whole wheat applesauce cake recipe

(adapted from Martha Stewart Everyday Food)

  • 3 cups flour (1/2 whole wheat or spelt)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups applesauce
  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  2. In another bowl beat butter, brown sugar and molasses until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until combined.
  5. Blend in applesauce.
  6. Spoon into a 9 inch tube pan that has been greased and floured. Smooth the top.
  7. Bake at 350 F for 50 min to an hour, until the cake is pulling away from the side of the pan and a tester comes out clean.
  8. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan.
  9. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes then remove from the pan.

Cool completely before serving, if you can wait that long.

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