Applesauce Spice Cake
Ingredients (use vegan versions):
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 3/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
- 2 teaspoon ginger (optional)
Combine the molasses and applesauce in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients and stir into the liquid. (If the batter seems very dry, add a little more applesauce or a little water.) Bake in a nonstick or pan-sprayed 8*8-inch baking pan, in a 350 degree oven, for 30-45 minutes or until it tests done.
The optional ginger makes an acceptable gingerbread. I have also had success leaving out the ginger and adding 3 or 4 tablespoons of cocoa (I guess you could use carob) to make a tasty but not very sweet or rich chocolate cake. If you use cocoa you might need to add extra sweetening, but that depends on your taste.
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