I love autumn and everything that goes with it. Cooler weather, the fall colors in the leaves and grass, fresh apples and pears falling from the trees, pumpkins, colorful mums, and so much more. And yes, more baking! If you’re searching for a few Favorite …
Try this delicious Apple Pecan Spice Cake when the apples are ripe on the tree. It uses the wonderful scents and flavors of fall–cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, pecans.
The apples and applesauce keep it moist for many days, and the powdered sugar glaze adds that special touch both for the eye and tongue.
Great for potlucks, too. It uses a 10-cup Bundt cake pan and will serve 12 or more. See more Bundt Cake Recipes Here.
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons half and half
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add vanilla and butter flavor. In small bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. With wooden spoon, fold in apples and pecans.
- Pour into a greased and floured 10" Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Allow to cool completely on wire rack.
- For glaze, in a small saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over low heat. Stir in half and half. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour over cake. Serves 12.
Make this recipe for Refrigerator Bran Muffins ahead of time and store the batter in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Perfect for making your family breakfast on busy weekdays.
Applesauce Spice Cake reminds me of the little boxes of snack cake mix my mom used to buy when I was a girl.
In my years growing up, my folks would have other couples over on weekends to play pitch. My mom would almost always make a batch of popcorn or homemade ice cream. Sometimes we’d bake a snack cake to go with it. Like this recipe.
The Advent of Cake Mixes
In looking back and pondering this, it seems that my mom came from a generation when quick and easy was the “in” thing to do. No longer was baking from scratch, like what her mother and grandmother did before her, sought after. Why bake from scratch when you can save yourself time and effort by buying a baking mix at the grocery store?
And it wasn’t just baking products. It extended into quick and easy meal packages. Frozen Dinners, Hamburger Helper, Spaghetti Mix Packages. This may also have been about the time when sweetened processed cereals became all the rage.
Plus, there was the advent of television commercials boasting the wonderful taste and ease of their products. So we’re roughly talking of around 1946-1966. My mom’s generation.
Where are We Today?
So, all of this leads me to ask “Where are we today?”
While “boxed” baking and dinner products are certainly still available in large numbers, I see the trend coming back for “home cooked” meals made from scratch. As proof, look at all the recipe blogs available online. Or the cooking shows on television. Or the recipe magazines being sold. And on top of that, we have an amazing variety of ingredients available to most everyone at the grocery store.
Whatever the case, I hope you will enjoy this made-from-scratch Applesauce Spice Snack Cake recipe. Here’s how to make it.
Ingredients for Applesauce Spice Snack Cake
- butter, softened
- granulated sugar
- large eggs
- cinnamon applesauce
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
- ground cloves
- raisins, chopped
- English walnuts or pecans, chopped
Instructions for Making This Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray.
Using a nut chopper or knife, chop English walnuts or pecans into small pieces. If desired, you may also chop the raisins into small pieces.
Our middle daughter is not overly wild about raisins, but she seems to be okay with them if they are chopped. I try to do this for any recipe that includes raisins, but do as you desire.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter and granulated sugar for about thirty seconds.
Add large eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
In a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground cloves.
Add the flour to the creamed butter alternately with the cinnamon applesauce until mixed well.
Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the chopped raisins and nuts.
Pour cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Because this is such a dense cake, it may take a bit longer, depending on your oven setting. You want to be sure the center is fully cooked before removing the cake from the oven or the middle might sink.
Applesauce Spice Cake
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 16 oz. cinnamon applesauce
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3/4 cup chopped raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped English walnuts or pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray.
- Using a nut chopper or knife, chop English walnuts or pecans into small pieces. If desired, you may also chop the raisins into small pieces.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter and granulated sugar for about thirty seconds.
- Add large eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
- In a small bowl combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground cloves.
- Add the flour to the creamed butter alternately with the cinnamon applesauce until mixed well.
- Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the chopped raisins and nuts.
- Pour cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.