Apple Spice Cake
- Ready In:
- 1hr 5mins
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) French vanilla cake mix (don't substitute the flavor, it's so much better with this one!)
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄3 cup oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- 1⁄2 cup raisins (optional)
- caramel ice cream topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a Bundt pan.
- Beat together the cake mix, water, applesauce, oil, eggs, and spice, scraping down the sides as needed. Fold in the nuts and raisins.
- Pour into the Bundt pan and bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. (My oven has major hot spots and I have to really adapt the time, so it will vary among ovens. I'm going to say 45-55 minutes as an estimate.).
- Cool 10 minute in the pan; turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- When it is cool, place on a cake plate and drizzle with the caramel ice cream topping and nuts, if desired.
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Let me start off by saying that this has become one of my go-to desserts to make when camping, and it usually is 'baked' on the BBQ. I have made this numerous times, and every time I fiddle with the ingredients depending on what I have on hand. There are some changes that have just become standard for us. We like a 'spicey' cake, so I use either a Spice or a Butter Pecan cake mix. I also usually add a little extra fresh ground cinnamon and nutmeg. If I have Calvados handy I will substitute it for the water. I don't use the nuts (personal preference) and increase the amount of raisins - which are soaked in rum or Calvados for at least 2 hours before use. The most recent time I made this cake was on the Valentine's Day weekend (Yes, I BBQ'd in Canada in February) and I found some apple syrup in the cupboard. To that I added a little icing sugar, a drop of lemon juice to cut the sweetness, and a little melted butter to make the glaze. It added a nice shot of apple flavour that everyone enjoyed. We topped it with whipped cream flavoured with maple syrup. Divine! When I make this in loaf pans I have also topped the cake with shaved apples and/or a streusel mix. A nice easy recipe that has accepted my tweeks and always delivered a great cake. Thanks for posting!
Very nice and moist and tasty! I left out the pecans b/c I didn't have any and I forgot to put the raisins in. I drizzled the caramel sauce over the top of the whole cake but I think it would have been better if I waited and drizzled each piece seperately. The caramel soaked into the cake adn I ended up putting more caramel on top when I served it. I think using chunky applesauce would be really good too.