Do you ever make recipes that call for tiny bits of ingredients you normally wouldn't use? I recently found myself with a bunch of applesauce, which is something I don't especially like eating plain. But I didn't want it to go to waste so I decided to research recipes that use applesauce.
In the end I decided to make an Applesauce Cake! I used bits and pieces from a few recipes to create my own so I was a little nervous about how it might turn out. However, it ended up having a great consistency and was super flavorful. I definitely recommend giving this one a try, especially if you have applesauce to use up!
Easy Applesauce Cake
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted + extra for greasing the loaf pan
1 cup sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
1 tsp pure almond extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
1-2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with unsalted butter and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Mix in applesauce followed by the almond extract. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to the butter/sugar/applesauce mixture and mix til combined.
Add mixture to the prepared loaf pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow the cake to cool 5-10 minutes before removing from the pan and setting on a wire rack.
While the cake is cooling, make the glaze by stirring the almond extract into the confectioners sugar. Add the water a drop at a time until the glaze is the right consistency.
Spread the glaze over the cake then top with the sliced almonds. Allow glaze to harden, then slice the cake and serve!
Note: I recommend only slicing the amount you plan on eating - leaving the remaining cake in loaf form will help keep it from drying out.
Tell me: What's your favorite way to use applesauce?