This cake is also great topped with Cream Cheese Frosting!
Recipe adapted from Kitchen Sense by Mitchell Davis.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt diluted a bit with milk, or 1/4 cup of buttermilk
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
1 Preheat oven, prepare pan: Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter and flour an 8-in square baking pan, set aside.
2 Combine dry ingredients: Vigorously whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
3 Make batter: In an electric mixer, beat butter until light, add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. Add the vanilla and the applesauce and beat until smooth.
4 Mix in half of the dry ingredients. Just before they are blended, add the thinned yogurt (or buttermilk). Then mix in the rest of the dry ingredients and the nuts and raisins, until completely incorporated. Do not over-mix.
5 Bake: Pour out the batter into your prepared cake pan. Place in the middle rack of the 375°F oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, until done.
The cake should spring back to the touch, and a tester or thin skewer should come out clean after being inserted in various spots in the middle of the cake.
Remove the cake from the oven. Let cool for 15 minutes. Then invert to cool completely on a rack.