Thursday, November 21, 2013

Applesauce Spice Cake

This cake. Hhhhmmm...

What can I say? Not my most favourite and probably not a great start to my new baking year with The Cake Slice Bakers but I made it and it was eaten so those are all huge positives.

Lets always focus on the positives folks! I am excited to hear and see what the others in the group thought also...

The ingredients are very similar to my own recipe for Spiced Apple Cupcakes and I think that maybe they were in the back of my head while I was baking this cake. The recipe calls for pecans, which I know no one on my house likes (except me) so I omitted them. From the get go, I don't think I had ever given this cake a chance.

There is nothing wrong with this cake at all. Far from it. It is a case of  "it's not you cake... it's me"!

It was perfectly spiced, a lovely blend of Autumn flavours mixed through a very airy and moist cake. But to me the cake lacked a little... something. Like, it didn't go to far down the spice aisle or it should have been denser. I don't know, I can't quite place my finger on it, but it lacked 'something'.

I think I saved it somewhat for myself by altering how the book said to finish off the cake. I had used up all my brown sugar in the cake. The book called for a brown sugar glaze and not having any brown sugar in my cupboards, I went to the fridge, pulled out some buttercream and whipped up an instant cinnamon buttercream which I slathered, rather roughly on top. The buttercream set of nicely against the spice of the cake and gave it that little extra sweetness I think I craved in the cake.  The extra cinnamon packed a nice punch too. Always a good thing at this time of year!

I will give it one thing though... this cake stays super moist! I made it Sunday morning and there are maybe, two, three slices left in my cake tin. All feeling as good and as fluffy as they were on Sunday morning. the cake still tastes good, even after 3 days. A huge plus in my books...

I am looking forward to more baking from our new book. It has an old school feel to it and I think there may be many a keeper recipe between it's pages... but for now...

Courtesy of my lovely Dad!


  1. Evidently your buttercream saved the day! And this cake freezes well, ate one of my mini-s for tea today after giving it a 3 minute warming up in the toaster oven! Still good! and I made it two fridays ago!

  2. The cake looks delicious, but I think I know what you mean when you can't quite put your finger on the missing "piece". Personally I like spice cakes to be more dense than fluffy, and a buttercream icing on top will always be a crowd pleaser. Happy baking Hazel! Wendy x

  3. That sounds wonderful! And looks even better! :-)

  4. Great job! Sorry it wasn't a favorite for you... Hopefully the next one? :P Beautiful pics!

  5. Oooh that looks sooo delicious.. mouth-wateringly so!

  6. Sorry you weren't thrilled with this cake but it looks amazing! I hope you enjoy next month's cake better. Great job either way!

  7. This sounds totally scrumptious to me. i was licking my lips the whole time that I ws reading your post.
    Rosie xx

  8. OMG!!!!! This cake looks so mouthwatering delicious! The buttercream looks divine! Plus your cake baked up beautiful! I love the tender crumb!

  9. I always enjoy your photos and this time did not disappoint.
    The cinnamon buttercream sounds quite tasty on that cake!


  10. There are hits and misses, sorry that you didnt like the cake but I think considering it all you did great with it, especially the substitution of the cinnamon buttercream for the glaze!

  11. I am glad we will be baking along together through Great Cakes. What a shame that your first cake with us wasn't a favorite. I found that some of the cakes I thought I wouldn't like ended up being an absolute gem. The fun thing is that I've learned so much along the way, and the baker's in the group have the best tips. Your cake does look great and a cinnamon buttercream on top sounds like a winning combination to me.

  12. Love the icing on top, looks yummy! Sorry to hear you didn't like the cake that much, hopefully the next one is more to your taste. Laura@baking in pyjamas

  13. Oh described it best when you said 'it wasn't you,'s me'! The cake was fine. But....your cake is beautiful!!! I think your cinnamon buttercream is the crown here! And I'm dying to try that for other cakes. Like you said....onward and upward my friend! : )

  14. Mmm. Cinnamon buttercream is a brilliant choice for this cake, Hazel. The autumn blend of spices was appreciated by yours truly. But variety is the spice of life =) It's a good thing we don't all have the same palettes otherwise the food blogoshpere would be pretty limited in terms of recipe selection.

  15. Looks absolutely amazing, Hazel! Mmmmm .....

    Love Claire xxx

  16. Haha, I absolutely love your last picture, Hazel!! If I get that, I'll probably get down to baking the next one ;P I love the close up pictures of the crumbs for this cake. It's definitely looking like that for sure - soft, moist and crumbly. Love it!


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