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Mini Applesauce Spice Cakes

Applesauce spice cake has been a fall favorite since the colonial days. This recipe is finished with a rich browned butter and cinnamon buttercream. The recipe can easily be doubled to make a 13x9 sheet cake. Add raisins and / or pecans for a super special treat! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 4
Author: Tricia


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Raisins and pecans optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease and flour four 4-inch springform pans or one 8x8 square pan
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and beat on low speed until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on high speed until the mixture is smooth. (Add raising and pecans if using.)
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the center is firm to the touch and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Land O'Lakes.