It’s time for applesauce lovin’ kids and another round of Get Your Chef On entries. This round Jen picked applesauce, and I was all for it. Yes we could have done apples, but applesauce it slightly more challenging and there was a good chance we’d see lots of desserts. Yay!
I went hunting for a good applesauce recipe. Something different than just substituting applesauce for oil in a baked goods recipe. I wanted to applesauce to shine. The other night, Jen was talking me off a Mom cliff while Eddie screamed for about 30 minutes that he didn’t want to go “nigh nigh” all while Mike was out of town last week. I grabbed a glass of wine, we talked some smack, and I Googled. I found this cake recipe, showed it to Jen, got a big thumbs up, and low and behold…I had everything on hand. Winning! So here we are. A yummy dense cake, that is full of fall smells, but good enough to eat year round.
Oh! And we reazlied that like almost all my GYCO recipe posts have been cake or pizza, except for two. What can I say? I like cake and pizza!
One Year Ago: Three Little Birds Wall Art
- 1 1/4 cups applesauce
- 1 cup Old Fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons milk
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, cook applesauce until just beginning to boil. Stir in oatmeal. Set aside; let stand for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make sure oven rack is at least 6" from top of oven. Coat a 9" x 9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, mix until combined. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in two additions; mix until just combined after each addition. Add applesauce mixture and mix until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until cake has browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- In a small medium bowl, combine coconut, brown sugar, walnuts, melted butter, and milk. Mix until combined and all ingredients are moistened. Carefully spread topping over hot cake, and return to oven. Turn over to broil, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until top is golden and bubbly. Remove cake from oven. Cool 30 minutes, and serve warm.