Sylvia’s SPICE APPLESAUCE CAKE
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups applesauce
Sift flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and spices into a mixing bowl.
In a larger bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Mix in the applesauce and milk. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until mixed well. Optional: Fold in 3/4 cup chopped walnuts. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.
Delicious without frosting, but if desired, frost with:
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth. Frost the cooled cake.
Note: original recipe called for 1/2 cup of butter and only 2 eggs. I cut back to only 1/4 cup butter and added an egg. This made a great cake lower in fat, without sacrificing flavor.