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Glazed Apple-Spice Cake

Baking in applesauce -- and chunky cubes of whole apples -- ensures that this cake, made with all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, has plenty of fall flavor.

  • servings: 8




  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

  3. Step 3

    Use an electric mixer to beat together butter and light brown sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add molasses; beat until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, plus vanilla, and beat until incorporated.

  4. Step 4

    With the mixer on low, add half the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Beat in applesauce; add remaining flour mixture until just incorporated.

  5. Step 5

    Peel and core apples, reserving the peel and the core. Cut apple into 1/4-inch cubes, and fold into the batter. Transfer to pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour, 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

  6. Step 6

    In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water, and apple core and skin. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 10 minutes.

  7. Step 7

    Remove cake from pan, and brush glaze over top and sides of cooled cake.

Whole Living, September 2010

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