Simple Applesauce Cake with Caramel Frosting

First off this is a horrible picture of a delicious cake. All the pictures I took of this cake were weird. I don’t know if my phone didn’t like all the brown colors or what but they were all blurry or weird colored. Anyway, if you can get past that this is a delicious cake and frosting. It is SUPER rich and you can only eat a small piece.

I have been making this cake for close to 25 years now. My kids think the frosting is amazing it has a rich buttery caramel taste that also goes well with spice cakes, chocolate cakes and even white cakes. So if you don’t want to make the cake (which is unbelievably easy) at least try the frosting on a boxed cake to make it special.

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon

Caramel Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar together.
  3. Stir applesauce into butter and brown sugar.
  4. Beat in flour, baking powder, cloves, and cinnamon until light and fluffy.
  5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until fully cooked through.
  6. While cake is cooling make frosting by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir at a boil for about a minute or until it thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Add milk and beat to smooth texture.
  8. Add sugar beating until creamy and spreadable. Taste and adjust flavoring as needed.
  9. Spread frosting on cooled cake and serve.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. tidalscribe says:

    Yummy, I’ve bookmarked that. This would be good for the apples from our tree; cooking apples that need to be well chopped up as they have either fallen on the ground or have little worms in!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It certainly would! Hope you like it if you try it!


  2. Carol Anne says:

    amazing! Sounds delightful! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Carol Anne says:

    Reblogged this on Therapy Bits and commented:
    This sounds absolutely amazing!
    You shouldall try it!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Stephanae says:

    This sounds scrumptious.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I bet it tastes Applelicious. 🍃🍎

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Nice and spicy! Thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Erika Kind says:

    This sounds like the perfect cake for the cold season! It must be very juicy with the applesauce. Need to try it out. Thank you, Marci!


  7. Reblogged this on Crackling Pork Rinds and commented:
    Today I will be posting a long stack of recipes I’ve hung onto for a few weeks actually, only because I wanted to post them through the weeks & despite that I kept daily posts rolling, I just couldn’t poll them all together. So I decided to wait to a general cut off point, review my list again & post them all through on an any odd day like today that I could & maybe take a few days off. So, even tho I’m usually posting some long list on a day, of recipes, I think today’s list might be longer!

    Today, for future reference in archives is October 12, 2019.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!!!


  8. Espirational says:

    Icing doesn’t like me, but the cake sounds wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Oh that would be tough for me. It’s my favorite part of the cake!


  9. I think this looks delicious, Marci.


    1. CarolCooks2 says:

      Hey Marci.. My photos don’t always show just how awesome the recipe is but we are proper cooks… And we know our recipes work don’t we? 🌟🌟🌟

      Liked by 1 person

      1. koolaidmoms says:

        Thanks! It is so true…

        Liked by 1 person

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