So, quick show of hands – who made last week’s Vanilla Roasted Applesauce? Well, if you didn’t, no worries, just go throw some apples in a Dutch oven real quick. Go ahead – I’ll wait (it’s okay – I’m just poring over Clooney’s wedding photos). It’s important that you have applesauce so you can bake this cake. This is so lovely and rustic and absolutely delicious. And the frosting in insane.
Even if you don’t have homemade applesauce, you should still bake this cake. It’s a nice treat for an Indian Summer weekend or for later in the Fall when things cool down. Serve it at brunch with warm spiked apple cider. This would also be great for celebrating a Fall birthday or the Jewish New Year.
Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
5 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. I was pretty liberal with the butter and the cake practically jumped out of the pan for me.
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 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in applesauce. At low speed, mix in flour mixture incrementally, until just combined. The batter will look a bit curdled, but it works itself out in the oven.
Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until golden-brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Re-invert 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.
Serve with a glass of cold milk.