Applesauce Snack Cake
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Serves: 24 cake squares
Moist custard-like sheet cake that mixes up easily like a quick bread and uses 2 whole cups of applesauce. Topped with a Cinnamon Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting, this Applesauce Snack Cake is a delicious bite of fall flavor.
  • For the Cake:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups Musselman's Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • For the Frosting:
  • 8 ounces Neufatchel (1/3 fat) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Butter (or spray with nonstick cooking spray) a 9 X 13 cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar and vegetable oil. Then beat in the eggs. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla. Add the flour in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk and stirring well with each addition.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. A knife inserted into the center will come out clean.
  5. While the cake cools make the frosting. Beat together the cream cheese and butter until it's nice and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla and milk or cream to keep things moving. Add the cinnamon and ginger and beat the frosting on high for another minute.
  6. Frost the completely cooled cake and sprinkle the top with just a dash of cinnamon.
  7. This cake can be served at room temperature the day you make it but is even more delicious if refrigerated before serving. Store tightly wrapped and keep refrigerated.
Recipe by Sugar Dish Me at