recipe

This easy cake is the perfect after-school snack. It comes with a special sparkly top!

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses an oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 1 hour 10 minutes, plus cooling time
yield
  • Serves 12

Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
1½ cups
all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon
baking soda
½ teaspoon
salt
⅔ cup
sugar
½ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon
ground nutmeg
1 cup
unsweetened applesauce
8 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup
apple cider or apple juice
1
large egg
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract

Gather Cooking Equipment

Aluminum foil
Ruler
8-­inch square metal baking pan
3
bowls (1 medium, 1 large, 1 small)
Whisk
1-­tablespoon measuring spoon
Rubber spatula
Toothpick
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

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.

Fold 2 long sheets of aluminum foil so they each measure 8 inches across and roughly 13 inches long.

Lay sheets of foil in pan so that sheets are perpendicular to each other. Let extra foil hang over edges of pan. Push foil into corners and up sides of pan, smoothing foil so it rests against pan.

 
2
 
1½ cups
all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon
baking soda
½ teaspoon
salt

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

 
3
 
⅔ cup
sugar
½ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon
ground nutmeg

In large bowl, whisk sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined. Transfer 2 tablespoons sugar-­spice mixture to small bowl and reserve for sprinkling.

 
4
 
1 cup
unsweetened applesauce
8 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup
apple cider or apple juice
1
large egg
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract

Add applesauce, melted butter, cider, egg, and vanilla to large bowl with sugar-­spice mixture and whisk until well combined.

 
5
 

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.

Sprinkle reserved sugar-spice mixture evenly over batter right before baking pan goes into oven.

 
6
 

Place baking pan in oven. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

 
7
 

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.

 
8
 

Use foil to carefully lift cake out of baking pan and place on cooling rack. Let cake cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Transfer cake to cutting board and discard foil. Cut into pieces and serve.