I love edible gifts. Sometimes so much that I don’t even share it. Not even with my ten year old son. This was one of those kinds. Usha of My Spicy Kitchen had gifted me, Pavani and Mireille this wonderful apple sauce cake when we met sometime back. Her gift was a mini cake beautifully packaged and presented in a cute checkered cupcake liner. It was very impressive. So impressive that I almost finished the cake on my own (remember – it was a mini cake). But guilt won over and I left some of this delicious cake for my kid, but it took some serious will power…let me tell you that!
I got the recipe from her (from King Arthur Flour) and baked it soon after. And I am sure I will bake this again for this holiday season. I am just inspired looking at the recipe again! I don’t buy apple sauce at home, but bought it specifically for this recipe. I am thinking of making smaller cakes like Usha did so that it’s easier to gift.
The cake is made with whole wheat flour. It is moist and soft and I love the addition of raisins to the cake. This makes a wonderful snack cake. With the apple sauce and the whole wheat, we can almost label it ‘healthy’. Well, healthy if you ignore the amount of sugar and butter. Or maybe healthier compared to other cakes. My honest opinion is that cakes are not healthy food even if it is made with whole wheat and apples, but we are good as long as we are sticking to that one single slice. Or may be that single mini cake :D.
Read on for the recipe.
Recipe source: King Arthur Flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (113gms), softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- a pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
- 1-2 tablespoon Icing sugar, optional
- Pre heat the oven to 180 C/ 350F. Grease and line a 9″ baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, add the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon – and mix well using a wire whisk.
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together well. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat it in.
- Now add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating it with the applesauce.
- Fold in the nuts and raisins gently. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes free of crumbs when inserted in the middle of the cake.
- Take off the oven and let the cake rest in the pan for at least ten minutes before taking out of the pan. Slice once the cake is completely cool. You can add some icing sugar on top if you feel like.
This post is a part of the Bake-a-thon 2017