Applesauce Sprouted Spice Cake with Apple Cider Caramel Cream Cheese Icing
Spiced Applesauce Cake
  • 2cups flour(whole wheat, spelt will also work, I use whole grain sprouted flour)
  • 1teaspoon French sea salt or 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/4teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/3cup maple syrup(or whole cane sugar, rapadura, coconut sugar, increase sugar to 1/2 cup if suing unsweetened applesauce/apple butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1cup apple butter or applesauce
  • 1/2cup fresh apple cider
  • 1teaspoons vanilla extract
Apple Cider Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 3tablespoons apple cider caramel(Apple Cider Caramel Sauce)
  • 2tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce
  • 1quart fresh apple cider
  • 1tablespoon butter
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4teaspoon flaked Maldon salt or good sea salt
Spiced Applesauce Cake
  1. Preheat oven 350, line a 10” springform or two 8” cake pans in parchment paper or butter and flour.
  2. Softly whisk all dry ingredients together.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and maple syrup/sugar. Add eggs, one at at time, stirring between each. Blend in apple butter or sauce, cider and vanilla. If using maple syrup, it will be a bit separated, that’s ok.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet, mix softly until just combined. Use a spatula to get the bottom of the bowl properly mixed. Batter is thick!
  5. Pour into prepared pan and smooth. Bake in middle rack of the oven until cake is golden, pulls away from the edge and tester comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes.
  6. Cool for ten minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before spreading with frosting.
Apple Cider Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Do your best to actually ice a cake with this instead of eat it by the spoonful. (If yo not up for making caramel just add an additional TBL of maple syrup and it will still be delish!)
Apple Cider Caramel Sauce
  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, bring the apple cider to a boil. Reduce heat to a lively simmer and generally ignore until the cider reduces to about a cup. At this stage hang tight and refrain from stirring or risk crystallization. To test for doneness: dip in a spoon! If the caramel can coat the back of a spoon its done. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla and salt. Let cool. Seriously, it will burn your mouth to no end. Then try not to just slurp it up its so dang good.