SPICED APPLESAUCE CAKE WITH CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
ACTIVE TIME:20 MIN
START TO FINISH:3 1/2 HR (INCLUDES COOLING)
1stick unsalted butter, softened
1cuppacked light brown sugar
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1 1/2cupsunsweetened applesauce
1/2cupwalnuts (optional), toasted (see Tips), cooled, and chopped
5ozcream cheese, softened
3tablespoonsunsalted butter, softened
1/4teaspoonpure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square cake pan.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
Beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in applesauce. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just combined, then stir in walnuts (if using).
Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until golden-brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely.
Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Sift confectioners sugar and cinnamon over cream cheese mixture, then beat at medium speed until incorporated.
Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.
RECIPE BY ANDREA ALBIN
PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHANIE FOLEY
I am making this for mother's day. it is wonderful!