It's almost Thanksgiving, are you all ready? I'm always interested in what people are making. Ham or turkey? Stuffing or dressing? Cranberry sauce- fresh or jellied? Pumpkin or pecan? There are so many different foods, I want a buffet table so I can sample everything! What's on your Thanksgiving menu? Our family does Holiday gatherings pot-luck style so not everyone has to do the work on heir own. Less stress that way. I'm in charge of a side dish and chocolate pecan pies this year.
If you like spice cake, you might like this cake. It was really moist and spicy. A little too spicy for me, if I'm being honest, but if spice is your thing you'll like this. In this applesauce cake was lemon zest too, which was a nice addition. It brightened the flavor and helped cut through the spice. If I made this again, I'd leave out the allspice all together, cut the amount of nutmeg in half and add more chopped apples. The glaze though, was delicious! I could eat the glaze straight out of the bowl with a spoon. Below is the recipe for the cake, as I made it.
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Apple Sauce Spice Bundt Cake
adapted from Great Cakes by Carole Walter
- 2 1/4 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup pecans, lightly toasted finely chopped (optional)
- 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 medium sized Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced, about 1 cup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup applesauce
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a triple sifter. Stir in chopped pecans, if using. Set aside.
Place the butter and shortening and lemon zest in large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the beaters or paddle attachment. Beat over medium-high speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minute.
Add the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, taking 3 to 4 minutes to blend it in well. Add the light brown sugar over an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally.
Add the eggs, one at a time until well blended. Reduce speed to medium-low. Add the fresh apple and the vanilla.
Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour/nut mixture alternately in three additions with the applesauce in two additions, starting and ending with the flour. Beat just until incorporated after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Center the pan on the rack and bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake begins to leave the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven. Place the pan on a cake rack to set for 10 to 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack and remove pan. While the cake is still warm you may want to pour Brown Sugar Glaze over the top, letting it drip naturally down the sides. Garnish the top with chopped pecans if you wish.
Brown Sugar Glaze
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Take the pan off the heat and gradually add the powdered sugar in three additions, whisking until smooth. Add in the vanilla and whisk to combine.
If the icing is too thick, add another tablespoon of the cream. You want it thin enough to pour but not runny. It sets quickly so get it on the cake as quickly as possible.