Applesauce Snack Cake

Recipe by bikerchick
SERVES: 9-12




  • Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 325°F
  • Cut 16" length parchment paper or aluminum foil and fold lengthwise to 7" width; spray 8" square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and fit parchment into dish, pushing it into corners and up sides, allow excess to overhang edges of dish.
  • Bring apples and cider to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat; cook until liquid evaporates and mixture appears dry, about 15 minutes, cool to room temperature.
  • Whisk flour and baking soda in medium bowl to combine; set aside.
  • In second medium bowl, whisk sugar and spices; measure 2 TBSP of sugar-spice mixture into small bowl and set aside for topping.
  • In food processor, process cooled dried-apple mixture and applesauce until smooth, about 20-30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl as needed; set aside.
  • Whisk egg and salt in large bowl to combine.
  • Add sugar-spice mixture and whisk continuously until well combined and light coloured, about 20 seconds.
  • Add butter in 3 additions, whisking thoroughly after each.
  • Add applesauce mixture and vanilla, whisk to combine.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients; using rubber spatula, fold gently until just combined and evenly moistened.
  • Turn batter into prepared pan, smoothing out top with rubber spatula.
  • Sprinkle reserved 2 TBSP sugar-spice mixture evenly over top of batter.
  • Bake until wooden skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  • Run knife along cake edges without parchment to release; remove cake from pan by lifting parchment overhang and transfer to cutting board.
  • Cut cake and serve.
  • Variations:
  • Ginger-Cardamom Applesauce Snack Cake.
  • Follow recipe for Applesauce Snack Cake omitting cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; whisk 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp ground cardamom into sugar in Step 3; measure 2 TBSP sugar-spice mixture into a small bowl, add 1 TBSP finely chopped cyrstallized ginger and set aside for topping in Step 5.
  • Applesauce Snack Cake with Oat-Nut Streusel.
  • Follow recipe for Applesauce Snack Cake through Step 2; in Step 3, measure 2 TBSP brown sugar, 1/3 c chopped pecans or walnuts, and 1/3 c old-fashioned or quick cook oats; work in 2 TBSP softened unsalted butter by rubbing mixture between fingers until fully incorporated; pinch mixture into hazelnut-sized clumps and sprinkle evenly over batter before baking.