WARM APPLESAUCE PUDDING CAKE WITH CREAM
I only get to experience 2 seasons where I live- wet and dry (so lame!). But even though I don’t feel the Autumn air, I do feel the close proximity of the holiday season where warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and ginger surfaces and can actually transport a jolly-good-eater like me to somewhere… someplace that conjures an idea of the need to be warmed up against the cold (what can I say, my life is just full of ironies!).
I created this recipe with all the intention of making this into a cross between a cake and a pudding… something that is a bit squidgy yet still stands and holds its shape like a cake.
This is a warm and sweetly spiced pudding cake that luxuriates warm and sweet Autumn spices and Autumn’s favorite fruit- apples.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (powder)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups applesauce (homemade or store-bought)
1. Preheat oven at 375’F. Lightly grease a 12 inch baking dish (you can use a gratin dish) with butter.
2. Sift together, all-purpose flour, all 5 ground spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
3. Whisk together, melted butter, canola oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and applesauce.
4. Pour mixed wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Whisk until the cake batter is smooth.
5. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until when a cake tester inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (not wet batter).
6. To serve: Just spoon a serving size amount of this applesauce pudding cake into a bowl and top with a dollop of cream and a drizzle of maple syrup (optional… but try it because it is quite delicious!).