My dad's birthday happens to occur this weekend as well. I wanted to bake him a birthday cake, preferably without having to resort to using a boxed mix. Mostly because I didn't have a boxed mix handy and didn't feel like heading back to the store. Also, because I thought it might be nice to bake a cake that was at least moderately seasonally-appropriate. Enter: the Applesauce Spice Cake.
The recipe for the cake was originally found at Baking with Basil, and the frosting recipe was found at Savory Sweet Life.
For the cake, you'll need:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs, room temperature
For the frosting, you'll need:
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs vanilla extract
up to 4 tbs milk or heavy cream
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your 9x13 cake pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Whisk until combined. Add the butter, buttermilk, and applesauce to the dry ingredients. Beat until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Pour into cake pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, depending upon your particular oven. Mine only took about 22 minutes, so make sure to start checking at 20 minutes. You can also use this recipe to make cupcakes! If you choose to go that route, fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 16-19 minutes.
|The cake after baking, complete with the hole in the center where I tested for doneness.|
If the frosting looks a little too stiff for your liking, you can add the extra milk 1 tbs at a time. If it ends up being too runny, you can add some more of the sugar to stiffen it up.
|A beautiful buttercream! This is my favorite recipe to date. It isn't so sweet that your teeth hurt while eating it.|
|All frosted up!|
|After slicing into it. Mm mmm...|
Happy birthday, Dad!!