The only thing good about this recipe is the flavor and balance of spices, which is how this recipe earned one star. I followed the recipe completely and my ingredients were not old. I chose the option of using three 8" pans. They didn't rise at all. Flat and rubbery.
I had great expectations for this cake but was very disappointed. I halved the amount of cloves in the recipe but still found the spice overpowering, and mine (probably my own error) did not rise spectacularly as others noted. It seemed a bit eggy too. Not my cup of tea, but maybe I just don't like spice cake.
This is a nice moist honey cake. You may want to increase the spices to balance the sweetness. Also, if your applesauce is on the watery side, you should drain it in a sieve or coffee filter.
This was a very yummy cake, the kids liked it too. I'm glad I read the other reviews before I made it. I split the batter between a 9x13 glass baking dish, and a smaller one. It worked well, because the cake really rises! I only had to bake them together for 40 minutes and it was perfectly cooked.
Baked it last night- mixture tasted delicious- will taste it for real tonight. Just remember to use a BIG cake pan. This cake really rises so don't be surprised if the mixture covers only a quarter of the pan when your pour it in.
Thanks to Joyce's comments, I kept a close watch while the cake was baking and took it out of the oven after 1 hour and it was perfectly done. It definitely would have burned if I'd left it in for the 90 mins. as the recipe states. It was very easy to make and is delicious. (One other small error in the recipe instructions, remember to add the cinnamon to the other dry ingredients.
It ran over all over the oven and scorched on top of the cake. It was a mess. What did I do wrong? I'm 66 yo and have baked many cakes. I used the right size pan, right temp, and did not sub any ingredients. Help!! It was so quick to make, but don't know what the problem was. Joyce
Simple, easy and tastey, will make again and will share the next batch with family and friends.