Applesauce Cake No/ Apple Cake YesPosted by in Food
The idea of this cake from April Everyday Food got me excited. It sounded like it would be easy and healthy. It wasn’t all that easy! I assumed it would use applesauce. Nope. You have to peel, core, and cut apples and then cook them. Then you mix that with all the other ingredients and bake it.
You are supposed to dust it with powdered sugar when serving. Even with that as a topping, this was not very sweet. Therefore, no one wanted to eat it. It also didn’t taste very apple-y. Since it only has three apples in it, the flavor was not strong. I’m not even going to bother sharing ingredients here since I don’t recommend this cake at all.
HOWEVER, I am going to share my own recipe for an apple cake that is to die for, so hold on to your hats for this one:
Brette’s Apple Cake
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups diced, peeled tart raw apples (about 4 apples)
1 cup pecans
2 tsp vanilla
Combine the oil and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Beat in flour, soda, spices and salt. Stir in apples and nuts.
Bake in a buttered and floured tube pan at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let it cool in the pan then remove.
Make the sauce:
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp brown sugar
6 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp heavy cream
3/4 tsp vanilla
Melt all together in a saucepan then boil for 1 minute. Serve alongside the cake as a sauce.
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Too bad you had to do all that work for a flop! But now we get the benefit of your own recipe, which sounds amazing.
An applesauce cake that begins with “peel, core, and chop apples” is INSANE. Who has the time for such things? Yours looks much better!
The sauce is killer.
Love the way you suggest an alternative when Martha’s recipe isn’t up to snuff.
I do love me some apple cake. Thanks for not posting the bad one. There are already too many terrible recipes on the web! Maybe try to GF yours. Actually, this give me a great idea for my own blog. Hrmmm…
I often add a dash of lemon juice with the spices when I make apple cake, brightens the flavor a bit for me. you’ve got me thinking about making one…
This looks good. I need to find some new desserts now that chocolate seems to be off the menu due to tummy issues.
Ooh! Sorry to hear that! I do love this cake and you can talk yourself into believing it is healthy.
Thank for running the test for us! And you know what? You HAVE to get that apple corer/peeler thing that you clip to your counter edge and turn a crank…a friend who makes a lot of crisps pulled it out the other day and I was amazed at the quick work she made of 8 apples…a worth gadget, I think.
Sounds great – but another gadget to store! Oh no!
Yeah, this isn’t applesauce cake. It’s apple cake.
I know! There are actual applesauce cakes out there so I don’t know why you would call it that.
Wow, only three apples in an “applesauce cake,” what was Martha thinking? I’m glad you posted your version. What a disappointment to go through all that work for a lousy cake. Did anyone eat the leftovers?
Nope – total loss.
This sounds like an excellent recipe – and as the daughter of an apple farmer, that’s saying something! If at all possible, I suggest that folks try my favorite baking apple – a Gravenstein. Tart and spicy. Yum.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that type. I will look for it!
This one’s a keeper. Thanks, Brette.
Nice! This my family’s treasured apple cake recipe from my grandma:
Thanks for sharing!