Pumpkin Applesauce Cake

Recipe By : Heavenly Recipes

Cheerfully bring in the fall with this pumpkin dessert! Think carrot cake, only pumpkin.


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Pumpkin Applesauce Cake


1 cup unsalted butter, melted plus more for the pan

5 cups all purpose flour

4 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 TBS cinnamon

3 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp cardamom

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground nutmeg

5 large eggs

3 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cups applesauce

1 cup raisins

For the Icing:

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

16 oz cream cheese at room temperature

1/2 cup honey

1 cup cashews toasted


    STEP - 1

    Preheat oven to 350°

    STEP - 2

    Butter a 15 x 10 x 2 or a 13 x 9 x 2 and a 6? round (which is what I did so I could have a mini cake)

    STEP - 3

    In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

    STEP - 4

    In a medium bowl mix together the eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce and melted butter.

    STEP - 5

    Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix until just blended.

    STEP - 6

    Add the raisins and stir until combined.

    STEP - 7

    Add the batter to the pan(s) and level with an offset spatula.

    STEP - 8

    Bake in the preheated oven for 45 – 50 minutes until a tester comes out clean.

    STEP - 9

    Cool on a wire rack.

    STEP - 10

    Make the frosting:

    STEP - 11

    Mix the butter, cream cheese and honey in a stand mixer with the paddle attached until well blended.

    STEP - 12

    Frost the top of the cake.

    STEP - 13

    If making a mini cake: after removing it from the pan carefully cut it in half. Add frosting to one layer, top with the second layer and frost the top only.

    STEP - 14

    Chop the toasted cashews and sprinkle on top of the cake(s).

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