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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional, e.g., walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits (optional, e.g., raisins)


1. Preheat and Prepare

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch cake pan.

2. Mix Dry Ingredients

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. Cream Butter and Sugar

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Add Eggs and Vanilla

  • Add the eggs to the butter-sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

5. Incorporate Dry Ingredients

  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

6. Fold in Applesauce

  • Gently fold in the unsweetened applesauce until the batter is well blended. The applesauce will add moisture and flavor to the cake.

7. Optional Add-ins

  • If desired, fold in chopped nuts and dried fruits to add a delightful crunch and extra depth of flavor.

8. Transfer to Pan

  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.

9. Bake to Perfection

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Keep an eye on it to avoid overbaking.

10. Cool and Serve

  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, cut into squares or slices and serve.

11. Optional Frosting

  • Frost the cooled cake with your favorite frosting, such as cream cheese frosting, or drizzle with caramel or maple glaze for added sweetness.

12. Enjoy Your Homemade Applesauce Cake!

  • Indulge in the delightful flavors and moist texture of your homemade Applesauce Cake. Serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

This Applesauce Cake recipe is a perfect balance of sweetness and spice, making it an ideal dessert for any occasion. Feel free to get creative with additional toppings or serve it as is for a simple, yet incredibly satisfying treat. Enjoy!

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