Applesauce makes this spice cake moist. It melts in your mouth. I know sometimes these types of cakes can turn out dry. Not this one. If you want a dessert choice besides chocolate (yes I really said that) a cinnamon flavored cake with pecans is worth a try.
I made this for Valentine’s Day because I just made a chocolate cherry cake for a dessert challenge. Good as that cake was, I wanted something different. Try it and let me know if you like an applesauce pecan spice cake as much as a chocolate one!
The cake batter should fill the pan about halfway.
Enjoy a slice of applesauce cake and spice it up with someone special. Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 3/4 cups cake flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- cream butter and sugar
- add egg, mix well
- add 1 cup of the cake flour, mix
- in a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the flour, spices, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir into the butter mixture.
- Add applesauce and water.
- Stir in pecans.
- Place batter in a greased and floured 9 x 9-inch baking pan,
- Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool several minutes in pan on wire rack then remove cake and cool completely on a wire rack.
- Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook