Create treasured memories with this all-American, any occasion, Applesauce Picnic Cake
Applesauce Picnic Cake will become one of your go-to cakes for all sorts of occasions; it’s great for picnics of course, but also for potlucks, backyard barbecues, a day in the mountains or at the beach, book club, a cold winter’s night with hot beverage in hand, sunday dinner (dessert!) or special family gatherings.
It’s got a super awesome combination of tastes – cinnamon, a bit of cocoa powder, a small jar of unsweetened applesauce, and a delicious topping of mini chocolate chips, pecans and freeze dried apples for a burst of extra apple flavor and texture. Throwing this cake together is simple and straightforward, it follows the time tested method of mixing dry and wet ingredients separately, then combining them to form the batter.
The batter is then poured into your prepared cake pan and sprinkled with the topping, then baked in your pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. That’s it! No fussing over frosting for this cake, it’s already full of moisture and packed with flavor.
As I was doing research on applesauce cakes, I came across a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen that reconstituted freeze-dried apple slices with apple cider, put that mixture through a food processor and combined it with more store bought applesauce before putting it in the cake batter. Whew! That sounded interesting, but also like a whole lot of extra work. However, I was intrigued by the use of freeze dried apple slices, so I decided to give them a try as part of the topping for this Applesauce Picnic Cake. It was very well received with my family (meaning they gobbled this whole cake up in less than a day, OMGsh)!
I love this cake because A) I don’t have to frost it, B) It’s healthier because it’s made with applesauce instead of oil, and C) the flavor combination of apples, cinnamon and chocolate makes for a moist cake full of great flavor!
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