Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • For cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional), toasted (see Tips), cooled, and chopped
  • For frosting:
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter an 8- or 9-inch square cake pan.
  • Make cake: 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.
  • Make frosting: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.

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