Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Applesauce Spice Cake With Brown Sugar Icing

I found this recipe while pouring over my grandmother's old cookbooks for the 1940's. The icing has a very think and fudgy consistency, so spread it over the cake while it is still warm.

Cake Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup buttermilk

Cake Instructions

Beat together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir into butter mixture alternately with applesauce and buttermilk. Make 3 additions dry ingredients and 2 of the wet ingredients. Pour dough into greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees about 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Icing Ingredients

1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups icing sugar

Icing Instructions

In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil jut until blended, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir milk and vanilla into butter mixture. Beat in icing sugar until smooth and spreadable. Allow to cool for 1 minute. Spread icing over top of cake. Allow icing to drizzle over edge.

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