Applesauce Cake with Penuche Frosting Recipe

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Applesauce cake is one of my favorite cakes-- especially during fall season. That's when I can my supply of homemade apple sauce. This cake is ultra-moist with fall spices such as cinnamon, cloves and allspice. The penuche frosting goes perfectly with this cake, in my humble opinion. It's a cooked brown sugar frosting-- that has a caramel-like flavor-- that pours on, is easy to spread and then hardens to a fudge-like consistency.

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  1. Sift flour, white sugar, soda, salt, baking powder, and spices into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in 1/2 cup butter, buttermilk, and applesauce. Beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.
  3. Beat in eggs.
  4. Fold in chopped nuts and/or raisings (if using).
  5. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan.
  6. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes.
  7. For the frosting:
  8. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  9. Add the brown sugar and bring to a boil (about 2 minutes) and continue cooking until it thickens (about 1 minute more)
  10. Let set for 15 minutes.
  11. Mix in hot milk and gradually whisk in the confectioner's sugar. If the frosting becomes too thick, add a little milk.
  12. Quickly spread the frosting on the cake. Once the frosting cools, it will become harder with an almost fudge-like texture.
  13. NOTE: This frosting is excellent on chocolate cake, too!


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  • ShaleeDP
    November 16, 2016
    A very nice cake! I have to try this recipe of yours :) Thanks for sharing!

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