Spiced Brunch Cake

So, mixing together ingredients to be baked for an hour isn’t my FIRST choice for first thing on a weekend morning, but my craving for molasses was too strong. I found the recipe for this Spice Cake at Real Simple and again at “happyolks,” so i knew i had to try it. I did adapt it, and i’m glad i did. No oil to be found in this cake, just applesauce and yogurt along with some diced apples i froze this past Autumn.

  • 1/2 cup applesauce and yogurt (substitute for oil)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t cinnamon (i freshly grate mine, so measurements weren’t accurate
  • 1/2 t cloves
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T grated ginger: fresh and crystallized
  • 1/2 C boiling water
  • 1-2 cups chopped apples

I like to use one bowl when i bake, so first i mixed the wet together ( molasses, sugar, egg, ginger, apples, water ), then added the dry to the top, mixed the dry, then worked it all together gently. Pour into a greased cast iron at 350 degrees for about an hour.

Moist, delicious, not too sweet, and definitely molassesy. Great with coffee and NPR.

Do you ever just “have” to bake something to satisfy a craving?

This recipe is part of a blog hop.

2 Comments

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2 Responses to Spiced Brunch Cake

  1. This is makes so much sense. I never would of it in that way. I am sooooo trying this myself!! Nice one!

  2. This looks great, and we always have tons of jars of homemade applesauce and frozen apples on hand, so I think I’ll try it! My very favorite apple cake, also baked in cast iron, is Pioneer Woman’s Apple Cake in an Iron Skillet (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/09/apple-cake-in-an-iron-skillet/). It is so delicious and so bad for you–absolutely FULL of butter; I try to keep it an autumn-only treat to look forward to every year.
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