Finding your way back can be difficult sometimes, though a good snack always helps.
This applesauce snacking cake is just the item to guide us back. I’ve been making lots of Feeding Bliss staples as of late – …. The applesauce snacking cake, adapted from Smitten Kitchen, was the first ‘new’ item that completely knocked my socks off. As part of my Bountiful Basket a couple weeks ago I received loads of tiny apples. As soon as I saw the apples I knew I’d use some in smoothies and make a good batch of applesauce and feed the rest to the pups. Saturday morning I was stirring away at this delicious applesauce, I instantly knew what I needed to do with some of the applesauce – cake! Another selling point of this recipe? I made the whole thing with an infant strapped to me – easy to the extreme.
Applesauce Snacking Cake, adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups unsweetened applesauce
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the brown sugar and room temperature butter - mix until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and remix before adding the dry ingredients.
- With the mixer on slow, gradually add the dry ingredients, being careful not to over-mix. Gently add in the applesauce ensuring it is well incorporated.
- Spray an 8" square pan with nonstick spray and spread batter evenly into pan.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool a bit before serving (good luck...).