Applesauce Spice Cake

Applesauce Spice Cake

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 20 min
  • Serving: 10
Cloves, ginger, and fresh apple make this a cake you'll adore. Plus, try the frosting on a variety of baked goods for a taste of the tropics all year.


  • For cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 teaspoons light rum
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup freshly grated apple
  • For icing
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon light rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar


  1. Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter pan and set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Beat together sugar, butter, and rum with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until combined well, then add egg and beat until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes with a stand mixer or 5 to 6 minutes with a handheld. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients, mixing until combined well.
  5. Add applesauce and mix until combined well.
  6. Spread batter evenly in springform pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Cool cake in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then remove side of pan and cool completely.
  8. Make icing:
  9. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart heavy saucepan, then add sugar and evaporated milk and simmer, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and whisk in rum, vanilla, salt, and remaining tablespoon butter, then whisk in confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.
  11. Cool to warm, about 20 minutes, then spread over cooled cake.

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