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Glazed Apple Spice Cake

May 23, 2011

I made homemade applesauce for the first time a few weeks ago; just so that I could bake this cake. It’s pretty much a fall favorite, but there is no bad time of year for a cake so good! I was recently given a giant stack of whole living, cooking light & natural health magazines, and all of my down time has gone to blissfully thumbing through their pages in search of enlightenment. I have found a lot of great recipes, some great green tips, and even some informative articles about food, health, and natural supplements. This recipe was among my score (from Whole Living), and it’s delicious. I made it using whole wheat flour only, and it was a bit heavy, so I recommend sticking with the recipe and splitting up the flours.


  •   1 1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  •   1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
  •   2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  •   1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  •   1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  •  1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  •  1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  •  Pinch of ground allspice
  •  6 Tbsp. softened unsalted butter
  •  6 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  •  1/4 c. molasses
  •  2 large eggs
  •  1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  •  1/4 c. applesauce
  •  2 apples
  •  1/2 c. granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat together butter and light brown sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add molasses; beat until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, plus vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
  4. With the mixer on low, add half the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Beat in applesauce; add remaining flour mixture until just incorporated.
  5. Peel and core apples, reserving the peel and the core. Cut apple into 1/4-inch cubes, and fold into the batter. Transfer to pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour, 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
  6. In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water, and apple core and skin. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove cake from pan, and brush glaze over top and sides of cooled cake, and discard apple skin.
  8. Enjoy! Oh, and I think this would be perfect served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream that has been drizzled with the apple glaze or warm caramel!
4 Comments leave one →
  1. nick permalink
    January 31, 2012 5:41 pm

    Just made this the other day and it turned out pretty well.

  2. nick permalink
    February 2, 2012 6:45 pm

    No, not yet. I have plenty of time now, though…


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