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Applesauce Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Icing : For Sharing with Folks You Love

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Warm Spices, super-moist cake, and creamy caramelly icing with toasted nuts. This is perfection. Very easy to make, and this will be the hit of any gathering.

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • 45 minutes hands-on
    30 minutes baking
    2 hours cooling
    Total: 3 1/4 hours


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/8 tsp cloves
    2 cups applesauce
    22 Tbsp unsalted butter (2 sticks + 6 Tbsp)
    2 cups packed brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 Tbsp + t tsp vanilla extract
    1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
    1 cup toasted chopped pecans

Number of Servings

  • 12-16


  • 13x9" baking pan
    Nonstick spray
    Large bowl
    Medium bowl
    Silicone or rubber spatula
    Wire rack
    Medium saucepan


  • Move oven rack to center of oven
    Preheat oven to 350°
    Melt 16 Tbsp unsalted butter
    Spray pan with nonstick spray
    Toast and chop pecans, if necessary
    Sift powdered sugar

Additional Notes

This cake will keep well on the counter 3-4 days if covered with plastic wrap. It also freezes well if it’s packaged air-tight.

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