This is Fall baking at its finest. Apple flavor aplenty in this moist and simple Applesauce Cake. It makes great use of homemade applesauce and makes for the perfect after school snack.
As many home bakers and cooks do, I like to use the flavors and produce of the season as much as possible. I’m still learning a lot about what some of those are, but for Fall I seem to have that season down pat!
Apples are my go-to this season with pumpkin a close second.
Applesauce is one of my favorites to make – it’s simple and can be easily tailored to one’s preferences for sweetness, tartness, and spice level.
Recently, I made a huge batch of applesauce and jarred most of it, keeping some to bake into this delicious applesauce cake. You gotta give it a try this apple season!
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Home grown and picked apples
Last year at this time, we visited my sister in the Catskills and I came home with bags and bags of apples grown and picked straight from her own apple trees. The kids loved picking the apples!
They rode around on the back of the tractor driven by my oldest niece, jumped out and picked as many apples off the trees as they could, snacking along the way. True country life.
When I got back home, I set aside a few apples for them to eat and started straight away on making good use of these homegrown beauties.
I cored, peeled, quartered, chopped, and sliced for what seemed like hours and made a big batch of applesauce like I do every year.
This batch was extra special, though. I didn’t know what varieties of apples we picked from sister’s house, so I couldn’t tell how much sugar to add based on the natural sweetness or tartness of the apple varieties.
So, as I made the applesauce, I tasted it without any sugar at first and adjusted the sugar level to balance it out according to my own tastes.
Easy recipe to make with homemade applesauce
Because there’s only so much applesauce we can eat or give away, I made this easy cake which uses a good helping of the applesauce, about one and a quarter cups.
The applesauce gives the cake a moistness that’s just perfect. I choose to use only cinnamon in this cake, as my husband doesn’t much enjoy the other Fall spices, but you can change it up and add in ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice – however little or much you like.
Creating lots of seasonal memories
I didn’t always love this time of year. When I was a kid it just meant back to school, the end of warm weather and freedom. Now, it’s definitely moved up in the rankings and I can’t believe there was ever a time when I didn’t love it so much!
I hope that when my kids think of Fall they remember these memories first, of picking apples with their cousins and riding around on the back of the tractor, and crunching away on the fruits of their labor (pun totally intentional!).
For my homemade applesauce recipe, click here. And, for more Fall-inspired cake recipes, be sure to check out these recipes on the blog:
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