Desserts: Cakes, Cookies, and others

Last Editorial Review: 2/25/2009


Spiced Apple Cake

This is a double fall favorite because it has spice cake and apples all wrapped up in the same dessert.


  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries or dried berries
  • 1/4 cup dark or golden rum, apple cider or juice, or amaretto liqueur
  • 1 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg, higher omega-3 if available
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups diced, unpeeled, apples* (cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped (optional)


  1. Position rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Coat the inside of a bundt pan with canola oil or canola oil cooking spray. Dust the inside with flour and shake out any excess.
  2. In small, microwave-safe bowl, combine dried fruit and rum. Microwave for about 30 seconds on HIGH and set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt by beating on low for a minute. With mixer off, pour in the brown and granulated sugars, canola oil, applesauce, egg, egg substitute, vanilla, and the rum from the dried fruit mixture (reserve the dried fruit for the next step) and beat on HIGH speed, until batter is smooth (about 1 minute), scraping down sides of bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Stir in the apples, pecans, and the rum-soaked dried fruit.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth top with spatula. Bake in center of oven until a fork inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean (about 1 hour).
  5. Cool the cake in pan on rack for 10 minutes, then invert cake pan onto a serving plate, and cool completely. The cake can be stored at room temperature wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap for up to 3 days.

* Sweet apples, like red delicious, work well in this recipe. To test the recipe though, I used a combination of Red Delicious and Granny Smith (because that's what I had in the fruit crisper) and it worked out wonderfully.

Makes 12 servings

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 281 calories, 4.5 g protein, 51 g carbohydrate, 6.5 g fat, .6 g saturated fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 229 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 21 percent.

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