Applesauce Cake w/ Candied Ginger

Yet another cake to add to my repertoire.

Don't be afraid of the black pepper and kosher salt in the recipe. It's a spicy cake, with allspice, ground ginger and cinnamon.

I added raisins and candied ginger to the batter and it was delicious.
The original recipe calls for a caramel glaze, but that's too rich for my blood. I am not an icing girl anyway, powdered sugar is all I ever need.

And I hope by now you own my favorite bundt pan. I have always hated baking cakes in a bundt, because they stick.
This pan is guaranteed success.

Applesauce Cake w/ Candied Ginger (adapted from Food52):

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 chopped candied ginger pieces
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened (preferably homemade) applesauce
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat the oven to 350F and butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and spices and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with both sugars until light. Mix in the applesauce, oil and vanilla until smooth.

Using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients, being careful not to over-mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake for 10 minutes and invert onto a plate.

Dust with powdered sugar. This cake gets better with age (like me!).


Laura said…
Looks delicious! Gotta try this one soon! Thanks for posting the recipe!
Anonymous said…

how true!

Karen said…
I like the addition of the candied ginger in this. Looks yummy :)
Stephanie said…
Sounds wonderful especially with the addition of the candied ginger - must add an extra punch to this!
I like how you put black pepper in there, warm and spicy, sounds good to me, where's my coffee!
lisa is cooking said…
I've finally come around to candied ginger. It sounds great in this cake. And, a powdered sugar dusting on a bundt always looks great!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
You know I'm not crazy about ginger except in savory dishes, but this one looks and sounds fantastic. Save me a piece.
Missy said…
I'm not an Icing girl myself and this looks amazing.

The JR said…
I recently started using candied ginger and I like it a lot.
AllThingsYummy said…
I just blogged about this recipe that you posted. It's delicious. I'll definitely be making it again.
Anonymous said…
I love this cake but unlike you i use the caramel glaze that comes with it ( and it is to die for!
Anonymous said…
Making this cake for a second weekend in a row. This is a great cake.