Moist Low-Fat Apple Spice Cake

"My boyfriend and I invented this recipe for his mom's birthday and it came out great! It is very moist, with a denser texture than most cakes. Due to the large amount of apples, you can use less fat, and eggs are not needed at all. For best results, use firm, tart apples such as McIntosh, Courtland or Fuji."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar with the margarine until smooth. Beat in the buttermilk.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and powder, and spices. Add the flour mixture and chopped apples/applesauce to the sugar-buttermilk mixture. Wisk vigorously or blend in an electric mixture for several minutes, or until well blended.
  • Coat the inside of a bundt cake pan with butter or margarine, and then cover with a thin layer of flour to prevent sticking. To the bottom and sides of the pan, add the crushed pecans. If desired, additional pecans may be used on the sides of the pan or added to the cake batter.
  • Pour the batter into the greased/floured pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cool, invert onto a serving dish.
  • To make the icing: Using a fork, combine the powdered sugar and salt in a small bowl with the vanilla. Gradually add the milk while stirring, until it reaches the desired consistency. Drizzle over the top and sides of the cake.

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I am a junior at the University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign, studying Speech and Hearing Science with a concentration in Audiology. I grew up in a very small rural town in northern Illinois and attended a residential high school (IMSA) in Aurora. I love soccer, fishing, dissecting stuff, drawing and painting, henna, pyrography, knitting (although I am not very good at it!) cooking and prowling for recipes online, Judaism, reading, rock climbing, and the outdoors. I hope to pursue a doctorate in Audiology (AuD) after undergrad. I have always loved cooking and trying new foods, and moving into my first apartment has been a wonderful opportunity to do so. However, it has also been quite a transition getting used to actually cooking for myself everyday, without making a huge ordeal. I do believe I am getting better at fixing a meal in a more efficient amount of time :)
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