Saturday, July 5, 2014

Amish Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting


Last Sunday, we had some dear friends over for supper. I was short on ingredients and did not have time to run to town for what I needed so I began digging through recipes to find a dessert I could make for supper. I came across this recipe that I had never made and decided to try it. It was a HUGE success and is now a new favorite in our home. So of course, I thought I would share it with all of you! Enjoy!


Amish Applesauce Cake:

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/2 shortening (I used 1/2 butter simply because I did not have shortening.)
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda (I used 4 tsp baking powder because I was out of baking soda. Again worked fine.)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large 9x13 pan with cooking spray. (I used my circular pan.)
In a large bowl cream sugar and shortening (butter) with electric beater on low. Beat in eggs one at a time.
Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Beat until mixed. Add applesauce and vanilla. Mix until blended. Pour into pan, Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Frost cake after it has cooled.
This cake bakes up with almost a coffee cake texture, but it still very moist and absolutely delicious!

This recipe calls for a glaze to be drizzled over the cake using 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1-2 tsp water.
I wanted more of a frosting than a glaze so I made a homemade cinnamon frosting that is so yummy you will want to eat it out of the bowl.

Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar (I used closer to 2 3/4 cups)
3-4 tbsp milk (add carefully or your frosting will be very runny)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Place butter in large bowl. Beat on low 30 sec. (I used my KitchenAid Mixer.)
Add sugar a cup at a time, beating on low, between each addition. Add 3 tbsp of milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat on medium 1 min. Blend in additional 1 tbsp of milk if frosting is too thick. After the cake was frosted I sprinkled some extra cinnamon on top to make it look pretty. :)

*Note: When I made the frosting it was VERY runny even after 3 tbsp of milk (due to lesser amount of powdered sugar used.) I was in a pinch and so I added 3 large spoonfuls of whipped cream and mixed it in. It added a creamy texture and a nice sweetness to the frosting. I will definitely make it this way again.

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