This easy cake is the perfect after-school snack. It comes with a special sparkly top!
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Make aluminum foil sling for 8-inch square metal baking pan by following steps below. Spray foil lightly with vegetable oil spray.
In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
In large bowl, whisk sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined. Transfer 2 tablespoons sugar-spice mixture to small bowl and reserve for sprinkling.
Add applesauce, melted butter, cider, egg, and vanilla to large bowl with sugar-spice mixture and whisk until well combined.
Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture and whisk to combine. Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into greased baking pan and smooth top. Sprinkle reserved sugar-spice mixture evenly over batter.
Place baking pan in oven. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
Use oven mitts to remove baking pan from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking pan on cooling rack and let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Most of the sugar and spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) go into the cake batter, except for 2 tablespoons that get sprinkled over the batter in the baking pan. In the oven, the sugar will melt into a crispy, sparkly topping for the cake.