Applesauce Pecan Spice Cake

applesauce pecan spice cake
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.
cake batter

This cake goes so well with a steaming cup of coffee. Or tea, hot chocolate or wine if you prefer. 😉
cake and coffee
See the “heart” shape? Come on you can see it!

applesauce and pecan spice cake

Enjoy a slice of applesauce cake and spice it up with someone special. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Applesauce Pecan Spice Cake
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  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1¾ cups cake flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  1. cream butter and sugar
  2. add egg, mix well
  3. add 1 cup of the cake flour, mix
  4. in a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the flour, spices, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir into the butter mixture.
  5. Add applesauce and water.
  6. Stir in pecans.
  7. Place batter in a greased and floured 9 x 9-inch baking pan,
  8. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool several minutes in pan on wire rack then remove cake and cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook
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7 Responses to Applesauce Pecan Spice Cake

  1. So, I have an embarrassing confession. My best friend makes homemade applesauce every year and gives me a big container. And it’s delicious. But the thing is…I just don’t really like eating applesauce. At least, on it’s own. It’s just not my thing. So I’m always in search of recipes to use her amazing applesauce IN things! Thanks Cindy!
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  2. Liz says:

    Your cake looks scrumptious! And since it’s not covered in gooey frosting, I would not hesitate to have a yummy slice for breakfast with my tea :)

  3. I agree with Liz, as long as there’s no icing involved, it’s a breakfast cake. It sounds delicious!
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