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Homemade Applesauce Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

applesauce cake
applesauce cake
Applesauce Cake

How to Make Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I recently came across a ‘windfall’ of unwanted apples and make a big batch of applesauce. I canned most of it, froze some when I got tired of canning, dehydrated apple slices, and put the rest in the refrigerator to use fresh.  For more information on using Wild Apples…check out my post. This delicious applesauce cake recipe is a great way to use some of your applesauce!

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Here is my yummy recipe for Applesauce Spice Cake with a delicious twist… Maple Cream Cheese Frosting! This cake disappears quickly at our house and I’m sure you won’t have leftovers for long. I’ve updated this post to make the recipe easy to download and print out for your recipe box. Enjoy!

applesauce cake

Applesauce Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Lisa Lynn
This old-fashioned cake is rich and delicious, especially when topped with this amazing maple cream cheese frosting!
5 from 1 vote
Course Dessert
Servings 15

Ingredients
  

Applesauce Spice Cake

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup sour milk or whey
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs (or 2 large duck eggs)

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 – 5 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions
 

Applesauce Spice Cake Instructions

  • Sift together all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together butter, molasses, and vanilla.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients and the milk and applesauce to the creamed mixture, alternating between dry and wet ingredients. Combine thoroughly and beat for 1 minute.
  • Add eggs and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping the bottom of the bowl.
  • Pour batter into a greased 13×9" cake pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Frost this cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, if desired.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  • Use an electric mixer to cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add maple syrup and use an electric mixer on medium to combine well.
  • Add the powdered sugar in small increments and beat well after each addition, until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.

Applesauce Spice Cake Recipe

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup sour milk or whey
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs (* or 2 duck eggs)

Sift together all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream together butter, molasses, and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients, milk, and applesauce, alternating between dry and wet ingredients. Combine thoroughly and beat for 1 minute. Add eggs and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping the bottom of the bowl.

Pour batter into a greased 13×9″ cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Eat plain, top with applesauce, or frost with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup natural maple syrup
  • 4 – 5 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Cream butter and cream cheese together. Add maple flavoring and combine. Slowly add powdered sugar until the frosting is the desired consistency.

*Duck eggs are wonderful for baking. They will make the finished product more moist and yummy. 🙂

15 Comments on “Homemade Applesauce Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know, Kathy! I’m so glad your family enjoyed the recipe!
      Best wishes… Lisa

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. This was my first time making a spice cake from scratch.
    I modified a little by using gluten free flour and an extra egg, since I didn’t have duck eggs and since gluten free tends to be a little less moist. The results were delicious! The maple cream cheese icing is amazing. I will have to pin it. Oh my goodness!!!

    1. Hi Cindy!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! It does work quite well with gluten free flour…but I haven’t made it that way in ages. 🙂 If you ever find a source for duck eggs, they help create a very moist, fluffy gluten free cake (or other baked goodies too)!

      Thanks for letting me know how well your cake turned out! Ours disappeared very quickly. 😉

      Enjoy!

  2. Lisa, this sounds delicious and what a great way to use applesauce. We have a tree with wonderful sweet/tart apples (don’t know the species) and it is overflowing with apples this year. I’ve made a few pies but definitely plan to try this cake recipe – sounds like a winner! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Linda,
      Glad to share the recipe! Your apple tree sounds wonderful…we don’t have any mature trees since our move and I miss them. I hope you enjoy your cake! Wish I could drop by for a piece of pie 🙂

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