Applesauce Spice Cake With Brown Sugar Icing

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

This wonderful cake is from Canadian Living magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the cake, grease a 9" x 13" cake pan; line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the brown sugar until fluffy; beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Beat in the vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg.
  6. Stir into the butter mixture alternately with the applesauce and buttermilk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of wet.
  7. Spread in the prepared pan.
  8. Bake in the centre of a 350 degree F oven until the cake tester inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
  9. Let cool in the pan on a rack.
  10. For the icing, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  11. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  12. Boil just until blended, about 1 minute.
  13. Remove from the heat.
  14. Using a wooden spoon, stir the milk and vanilla into the butter mixture.
  15. Again using a wooden spoon, beat in the icing sugar until smooth and spreadable; let cool for 1 minute.
  16. Spread over the top of the cake just to the edge, letting the icing drizzle over slightly.
Most Helpful

Made this for my family recently, and it was a huge hit! I made a few changes: used half the sugar (no one missed it), used half whole wheat flour (nobody noticed), added 1/2 t cloves with the other spices. Instead of icing, I just sprinkled cinnamon sugar across the top before baking. Moist, flavorful, and not too sweet.

KunmingCook May 22, 2011

I gave this 4 stars. This cake and icing was so good. My family really enjoyed this cake. We think the spice flavor was a perfect blend. I followed the recipe just as described. I will make this again for sure. Thanks so much for posting a great recipe! Christine (internetnut)

internetnut April 18, 2008