Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Apple Butter Spice Cake

I have been on a kick to clean out condiments from my regenerators before they expire. We received a lot of additional condiments and frozen foods when my parents moved to Texas last year. We have slowly been trying to reduce the amount we have. One great trick for that it marinades. Chicken has been a lot more interesting at our house, it has been marinated in ranch, spicy mustard, raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing as cornucopia of options none of which were bad. I also discovered a jar of homemade apple butter. A few weeks ago I made and apple butter cake from a recipe that I adapted from Eating Well.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup apple butter (there was probably 1/2 cup left in the jar so I just used it all)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch square cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; swirl the pan until the butter turns a nutty brown, about 1 minute. Pour into a large bowl. Add apple butter, brown sugar (breaking up any lumps) and oil and whisk until smooth. Add raisins, buttermilk, egg and vanilla; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and salt; whisk until just combined.
  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Per serving: 311 calories; 7 g fat ( 2 g sat , 3 g mono ); 27 mg cholesterol; 58 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein;2 g fiber; 373 mg sodium; 156 mg potassium.

If you want to keep the nutritional values that are stated stop there, if you are longing for something a little more sweet like I was add the crumble topping from last weeks banana crumb muffins

In a small bowl, mix together 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

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