Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze

Oct 11, 2011



Welcome, my favorite season of the year! Welcome crunchy leaves, red apples, crisp air, cinnamon, and big cozy sweaters. Oh, how I've missed you so. 

To me, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

If anything says Autumn - it's this cake. Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze, to be more specific.

I've made this cake exactly three times in the past week and a half. It's so good I probably should have made it more, now that I think about it in terms of numbers like that. Every time I got out a glass bowl and the mixer, my sister would say something along the lines of, "Let me guess.... The Spice Cake again?" I would proudly answer in the affirmative with a firm nod of my head. And then she would slowly saunter away with a slight grin on her face because she secretly loves this cake as much as I do, but for some reason thinks it's silly that I've made it so much lately. I, on the other hand, will not be shy when it comes to something so perfect for the season. I'll make The Spice Cake as much as I want, thank you very much.

This cake has taken its place as my current favorite (wouldn't ya know!). Thanks to the loads of applesauce, it is so absolutely moist. The applesauce also gives the cake a perfectly subtle apple flavor. And when a generous amount of cinnamon and spice is added, wonderful things begin to happen. AND then.... I won't even say how completely heavenly the caramel glaze is - I'll leave that one up to you to decide as you sneak a taste or two of the dripping glaze. (It's okay. I'll be the first to admit I did it too. Not shy about this cake, remember?)

Please make this cake. You will be filled with all sorts of Autumnal joy if you do. Promise.

Notes: Since my dad tends to two apple trees out back, we have an abundance of canned homemade applesauce in the basement. If you are so inclined, make a quick batch of your own - homemade applesauce is simply the best. It's lovely in this recipe, too - so fresh and flavorful. I made a few of my own tweaks to the original recipe, of course. First of all, I one-and-a-halved the recipe because I like my bundt cakes nice and tall, with about 3 cups of total flour. It's the perfect amount for a 12-cup bundt pan. Also, I used a couple of whole-grain flours along with a bit of all-purpose. If you don't have the whole-grains on hand, certainly all-purpose can be used for all 3 cups of flour. I also decreased the amount of sugar because the applesauce is so sweet itself, I didn't feel that the cake needed any more, especially with the rich caramel glaze. And last, but certainly not least, olive oil replaced the vegetable because I simply love olive oil in cakes like this. It's a barely noticeable taste, but works perfectly here.

Adapted from Food 52


20 friendly note(s):

  1. Mmm, I love a good applesauce cake, and yours looks so perfect! I have lots of applesauce that needs using too. Cheers

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  2. It's been 3 days since you last made this cake, Brooke. I think it's about time you make it again. We're going through withdrawals here! Plus you don't want to break your "Obsessive-Caramel-Cake" streak! ;) Love, your mom

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  3. oh my this sounds delightful! I love a good crunchy apple and even more so in soft and sweet in baked goods. Can't wait to try this, that caramel glaze is callin my name!

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  4. I almost licked the screen... look at the caramel sauce dripping... yum! Sook @ My fabulous Recipes

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  5. You really made me salivate with the pic... wow!! the caramel glazing on the cake is mouth watering!!

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  6. This looks amazing! I love the ingredients- it seems to good to be true! I'll have to give it a try :)

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  7. Can't help commenting again after making this...turned out so well! I didn't use any of the spices but I used honey instead of regular sugar. What a dream cake! Will definitely be making this again, have already got requests from my non-foodie partner who wanted more despite it not having any frosting. Thanks again :)

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  8. Jas - I do hope you get to try it!

    Sookie - Yes, the caramel sauce is quite tempting, on screen or off :)

    Ali - Thank you!

    Megan - Be sure to report back if you do give it a try!

    Twospoons - I'm so very glad this turned out so well for you! Thanks for sharing your spin on it! I'm intrigued by your use of honey instead of sugar. Did you replace the brown sugar with honey, too?

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  9. Wow, what a stunning cake! I'm delighted that it contains spelt and whole wheat flour, too. How did you manage to drip the icing so perfectly along the sides? Beautiful!

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  10. Madison made this on Sunday and I really liked it. Hers was not as pretty, but it tasted great.

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  11. That cake looks so amazing! I've been looking for Bundt cake recipes since now I have a brand new pan. :D
    Yum!

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  12. I loved this cake SO SO much. :) I'll definitely be putting this recipe in my cookbook. You should maybe post that recipe of those amazing cookies you made Madison on Sunday. ;) Just saying..

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  13. Bellissima ricetta, ciao

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  14. This cake looks soo good. You've got a beautiful blog. I can't stop browsing!

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  15. This recipe was a real hit in our house. I linked up the recipe to my blog: http://kim-thelunchbox.blogspot.com/2011/11/sunday-food-for-thought.html
    I am your newest follower.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  16. This was the most amazing apple sauce cake we have had in quite some time - a huge hit with the kids (and their friends) and even my husband who doesn't like sweets. The caramel drizzle was a nice treat. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I've made this cake three times now! It's always a hit - may in fact be my favorite bundt cake ever! My love for it is probably highlighted best by the fact that I lost the link to this website and just spent the better part of an hour searching for it again. Thank you!!

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  18. Hey there! I used you glaze on my cinnamon donuts http://www.craftinterrupted.com/2012/10/cinnamon-donuts-with-salted-caramel.html they turned out sooo yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Your donuts look delicious! I'm glad that the caramel glaze worked well for them. :)

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  19. If you've ever tasted a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino, you've probably craved it over and over again.

    Caramel Glaze

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