Strawberry Applesauce Cake

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READY IN: 35mins
SERVES: 16
YIELD: 1 cake
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly mist a 12-cup Bundt plan with vegetable oil spray, then dust with flour.
  • Shake out the excess flour.
  • Set the pan aside.
  • Place the cake mix, strawberry puree, applesauce and the eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  • Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
  • Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed.
  • The batter should look well combined and thickened.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula.
  • Place pan in oven.
  • Bake the cake until it is light brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from oven place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a serving platter to cool completely, 20 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the frosting.
  • Place the neufchatel cheese and the strawberry preserves in a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined, 30 seconds.
  • Stop the machine, scape down the sides of the bowl with the rubber spatula, and add the confectioner's sugar and red food coloring, if desired.
  • Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 1 minute more.
  • Spread the frosting over top and sides of the cooled cake with clean, smooth strokes, Slice and serve!
  • ****Store this cake, covered in wax paper, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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