Easy Apple Snack Cake

"This moist, apple-y cake is delicious as an afternoon snack or for breakfast, toasted and slathered with cream cheese. Dried cranberries can be substituted for the raisins. Posted in a newsletter from America's Test Kitchen."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
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  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square cake pan with vegetable oil spray.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Beat the brown sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, scraping down the bowl and beaters as needed.
  • Beat in the applesauce and lemon zest.
  • Whisk the flour mixture into the egg mixture until no streaks of flour remain.
  • Stir in the apples and raisins (if using).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few crumbs attached, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack, about 2 hours, before serving.

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  1. I've been trying and discarding apple cake recipes for the last year--this one is great, and easy. I left out raisins but added some vanilla and a couple of tablespoons of bourbon for extra flavor. Reheats nicely in the microwave to pair with ice cream, and does indeed make a good breakfast. Thanks!
  2. *PAC Spring 2008* Whipped this up this afternoon, and was -first, afraid I had too many apple cubes, and second, -they were too large ! No problem on either count - very tasty! I did not add the raisins, but they would be good. Baked for 1 hour 10 minutes, and cooled as directed. DH and I had a small slice for dessert, but will have most for breakfast tomorrow. NOT a coffee cake, but nicely spiced. Thanks, DuChick - this was a quick and easy prep.


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