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Author Notes: This is an awesome post-apple picking recipe because you use fresh chopped apples AND applesauce!! I love to make this cake with homemade applesauce, but in a pinch the store-bought stuff will work just fine. We love this recipe because it is BEYOND moist, spicy, and full of delicious fall apple flavor. —Sweet Life Kitchen
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
- 1/4 cup butter, room temprature
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 2 apples
- Grease a 9 inch diameter bundt pan or a 9x9 square baking dish.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and center a rack.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and set aside.
- Finely chop 3/4 of one of the apples...set the other 1/4 aside.
- Using a mandoline slicer, thinly slice one apple into slices and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment combine the butter sugar and shortening until fluffy, then add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
- Add the egg and mix, then the applesauce and mix, until incorporated.
- Slowly add the flour mixture and the buttermilk bit by bit alternating each, until all ingredients are mixed in, stop and scrape the bottom & sides of the bowl at least once. Then add the chopped fresh apple by handfuls, while the mixer is on a low speed until fully incorporated.
- Use the thin sliced apple to line the bottom of the pan you are using, then pour the batter on top of the thin apple slices.
- Bake at 400 for about 40-45 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
- Let stand about 10 minutes, then invert/flip the cake out onto a cake plate to cool completely.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Apple Cake
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