APPLESAUCE COFFEE CAKE

I love easy to make coffee cakes that I can serve when company comes over to the home. This applesauce coffee cake is a moist and not too sweet full flavoured cake that has satisfied many guests of mine for years. I have never heard one negative thing about this cake which is the reason why I have gone back to making this cake again and again. I hope this will be a keeper in your home as well.

I have adapted this recipe from Carol Ferguson's snacking cake recipe in her book The New Canadian Basics Cookbook.

Makes 9-12 pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F.

Baking time: 40-45 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) unsweetened applesauce (I used 2 applesauce containers at 111g each)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1-1/2 all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple juice or milk
1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a 9" square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside for now. In a large mixing bowl, crack 2 large eggs and lightly whisk to break the yolks. Then add in the vegetable oil, both sugars, and the applesauce and whisk to combine.

2. In a separate bowl, measure in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and the spices and lightly whisk through to combine. Put in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix slowly until just mixed through. Pour the cake batter into the lined square baking pan and bake the cake for 40-45 minutes. Check the doneness by placing a toothpick through the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean it is done. Cool the cake for a good 20 minutes before cutting into pieces.

3. While the cake is cooling, measure out the powdered sugar and the apple juice and whisk together in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of the cooled cake and serve.

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