First Prize Applesauce Cake with Caramel Frosting

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Whisper

This is a sinfully sweet and rich cake! It's a little time-consuming, but so worth it. Prep time is an estimate.

Top Review by Mimi Bobeck

I have made this recipe again. I originally reviewed this on Jul 26, 2003 and gave this 3 stars because at that time there were formating errors that caused some confusing and affected the outcome the first time I made this. Since then, the recipe has been corrected and I was able to make this the 2nd time with no problems whatsoever. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! This cake was very moist and heavenly.... from the tiny slice I was able to have of it..... because it was totally consumed by the family I stay with - INCLUDING THE CRUMBS! There was NOTHING left when I went back for a 2nd piece! They loved it (which is an important factor when I give a 5 star review). Oh, well! I guess I'm just going to have to make this a 3rd time when no one is home so I can enjoy this ALL TO MYSELF! Thanks for making the corrections Whisper. And Thank you for sharing a fantastic recipe! This is something that I will be maing again, and again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift together flour, soda, salt, spices and cocoa.
  2. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine oil and sugar.
  4. Beat until well blended.
  5. Stir in hot applesauce and blend thoroughly.
  6. Add dry ingredients, blending well.
  7. Stir in nuts.
  8. Turn batter into well greased and floured 9" x 13" pan.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; then reduce temperature to 375 degrees and bake about 15 minutes longer.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. Caramel Frosting:
  12. Melt 1/2 c butter in sauce pan over low heat.
  13. Stir in 1 c brown sugar, firmly packed, and 1/4 tsp salt.
  14. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil hard for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  15. Remove from heat.
  16. Stir in 1/4 c milk.
  17. Return pan to heat and bring to a full boil.
  18. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm.
  19. Stir in 2 c confectioner's sugar, and beat until smooth.
  20. If frosting is too thick, beat in a little milk.

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