Applesauce Spice Cake – From the Cake Slice

I am a self-professed cake snob. And see, I didn’t even realize it until recently. We had cake at work for a birthday and my co-worker asked me why I wasn’t eating any. I explained that I hate cake and he sort of scoffed, since I’m always bringing in cupcakes and goodies for everyone. How could I possibly hate cake when I make cake all the time? And so I launched into my diatribe of how my mom made cakes so often, I’m tired of them and cake is so not my style.

But then I remembered that I actually love my mom’s cake. Especially if she layers some raspberry jam in the middle and swathes it in homemade buttercream. And then I thought about other places where I’ve had excellent cake. Nice restaurants with pastry chefs on staff that work tirelessly just to make cakes and desserts. Or a real, authentic bakery made cake with excellent icing NOT whipped out of a jar. That cake? I get on board with that cake.

So yes, I am a cake snob. I like homemade cake. As well as cake that takes time and has love poured into it. I hate all other cakes. I hate grocery store cakes (ice cream cake, of course, is another story). I hate canned icing and I hate boxed cake. I just want the real stuff. The good stuff.

I recently signed up for The Cake Slice. My friend Anne always participates and her cakes are TO.DIE.FOR! Hosted by Paloma at The Coffee Shop,  The Cake Slice is a really talented group of awesome bloggers that bake cakes. The good kind. The real kind. The tasty, non-dry, not-from-a-box kind. The kind of cake I want to eat every day. See, once a month, we make a cake. This time around, we’ll be baking from Great Cakes by Carole Walter. And each month, we’ll have a cake for you from that book. And it will be delicious and most likely moist. These homemade cakes? They’ll be awesome.

The first cake on the agenda is this applesauce cake. Let me tell you straight. It’s fantastic. I took it to work so as not to keep it around the house. And people raved. And raved. I made it two weeks ago and today, someone was STILL raving about this cake. It’s moist and flavorful, chock full of apples. Let the record show the original recipe calls for the cake to be made in a tube pan. I did not have one and so used a regular cake pan. I also topped mine with salted caramel, since I had some on hand. This cake, people. Make it for Thanksgiving. And be sure to check out the rest of the delicious applesauce cakes from the Cake Slice ladies!

18 thoughts on “Applesauce Spice Cake – From the Cake Slice

  1. Thank goodness I am not the only snob out there! Even though I have never really admitted I am a snob I just… well don’t like store bought mixed up can cakes. lol!
    Salted caramel on this cake? Oh yes please!!


  2. Yay Kim! And welcome to the Cake Slice! I am so thrilled that we are finally baking together! That makes me so happy! Your cake turned out beautifully! I wish I had not baked mine in a bundt now. And your glaze….AMAZING. And Paloma is right….I know I’m a cake snob, too! So thrilled to have you in the group! : )

  3. Welcome on board Kim! I’m with you Grocery store cake should be banned! Except cherry chip cake from a box because it brings me back to my childhood when my mom let us kids help with our birthday cakes 😉

  4. I just love that you took this cake to another level – salted carmel, yes please! I am definitely going to have to try that next time. Your cake looks amazing with those chunks of apple, spicy goodness, and caramel just gently running down the side of the cake. I have to tell you that the spoon would have not made it to my picture since it would have been in my mouth ;).
    I am so glad that we are going to be baking together. It will be a lot of fun to get to know one another and bake through our new book. I think I have seen your blog before, because I remember thinking that it had one of the coolest names I had seen.

    • I do love the big chunks of apple laced throughout. It’s part of what makes the cake so tasty! But the salted caramel is probably my favorite part. Either way, I’m really excited to start baking with you! It’s going to be so much fun!

  5. Great first cake and welcome to the group! I am another cake snob and what’s funny is I never knew there was such a thing as boxed cake mix until I started blogging about caking and baking… So that makes me a worse snob I think… I get snobbish about home baking vs store bought vs anything not made from absolute scratch! haha! Great to be baking with like minds! Hazel x

  6. Kim, I’m glad I’m not the only cake snob around ;P I absolutely know how you feel when you don’t just eat any cake but rather, it must be good enough. Hehe. Psst, I absolutely adore how you slather that cake with salted caramel. It’s just the way the cake should be treated. I’m already craving for a slice now!!

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