Spiced apple sauce cake

Spiced apple sauce cake
  • Serves icon Serves 16-18
  • Time icon Takes 30 minutes to make and about 1 hour to bake, plus cooling

This delicious apple cake recipe is lower in calories and saturated fat than most, so you really can have your cake and eat it (without feeling too guilty!)

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
211kcals
Fat
6.6g (0.7g saturated)
Protein
4.8g
Carbohydrates
35.4g (24.5g sugar)
Salt
0.5g
Calories
211kcals
Fat
6.6g (0.7g saturated)
Protein
4.8g
Carbohydrates
35.4g (24.5g sugar)
Salt
0.5g

For 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1kg cooking apples, such as Bramleys
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 50ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp each ground cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 100g raisins
  • 50g walnut pieces

For the frosting

  • 250g quark (virtually fat-free soft cheese)
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
  • 12 walnut halves (optional)

Method

  1. Peel, core and slice the apples and put in a non-stick saucepan. Add the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons water. Cover and cook over a low heat until broken down into a purée. Uncover, increase the heat slightly and cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring, to cook off the excess moisture. Set aside to go cold.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3. Grease and baseline a non-stick 20cm springform tin with baking paper. Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda, spices and sugar into a mixing bowl, plus any bran left in the sieve. Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Weigh out 550g apple purée and stir into the dry ingredients with the oil.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the tin, level the top and bake on the middle shelf for 55-60 minutes, until a skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Meanwhile, put the frosting ingredients – except the walnuts – in a bowl and beat until smooth. Cover and chill.
  5. Take out the cake and cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to go cold. Spread over the frosting, sprinkle with more cinnamon and decorate with walnuts.

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  1. This cake was awesome! I already had a load of apple sauce that I’d made with our bumper harvest this year, so it seemed worth a try even though the previous comments weren’t very enthusiastic. I used half white and half wholemeal spelt flour and less sugar as the applesauce was already sweet, and baked it in sandwich tins. The texture was perfectly moist and oh so tasty. I layered it with more apple sauce and made the frosting with cream cheese rather than quark, with a little double cream added to thicken it. I will definitely be saving this recipe.

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