Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apples Say Everything About Fall

What says Fall better than apples, cinnamon and cloves???  Growing up, my mom would make our family this recipe of Applesauce Spice cake when the apples started ripening up outside (we had 9 apple trees in our yard).  This is a very simple and moist cake for any celebration or just to serve your family on a cool, rainy weekend.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!  :)

Applesauce Spice Cake
makes 17 cupcakes 

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups applesauce (no sugar added)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons baking soda

In a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, vanilla and applesauce.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves and soda.  Add to the applesauce mixture and stir to combine.   Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan or into lined cupcake pans.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool and top with my favorite creamy vanilla frosting (recipe below).

Vanilla Sour Cream Frosting - adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
8 cups confectioners sugar

In a stand mixer, cream the butter,  sour cream and vanilla together.  Gradually mix in sugar.  Makes about 4 1/2 cups.


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