Thursday, December 8, 2011

Apple Sauce Snack Cake

Today Kenzie had her end of semester concert at school.  It made me so happy to see her up there because if you recall, this was her last spring.

She gets so nervous to be in front of all these adults.   She gets the "I'm going to puke" look on her face and I just cringe imagining if that were to happen.   Here she is today...

Notice anything wrong with this picture?  I didn't notice it until I published this post...

Most of the kids smile and wave to their parents but Kenzie just stands there with the same look the whole time.   Today, unlike the past two concerts she has done, she did do the hand motions with all of the songs and sang all of the songs as well.   My little girl is slowly coming out of her shell.   Not to quickly though Kenzie.   I like you just the way you are.  

I was in charge of making something like coffee cake for the concert and these looked just about right.   They aren't a coffee cake but they are not overly sweet and are light and moist and pretty darn delicious.   I think others might agree.  There wasn't a single one left after the concert.   

Recipe From Cooks Illustrated


3/4 Cup Dried Apples cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 Cup Apple Cider
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/8 tsp. Ground Cloves
1 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Room Temp.
1 Large Egg, Room Temp.  slightly beaten.
1/2 tsp. Salt
8 Tbs. (one stick) unsalted Butter, softened
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium sauce pan, combine your dried apples and apple cider.   Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer until all the liquid is gone.

Let the apples cool.   While cooling, combine the flour and baking soda in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.

In another bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.   Whisk to combine. 

Measure out two tablespoons of the sugar mixture and place into another bowl (you use a lot of bowls in this recipe).   This is reserved for the topping.

Once your apples are cool, place them into a food processor.   Add the apple sauce and process until smooth.   You may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times.

In a large bowl, whisk together your egg and salt.   Then add your sugar mixture and whisk until well combined and light in color.

Add the butter in three sections, whisking after each. 

Then add the apple mixture and vanilla and whisk again until combined. 

Sort of looked weird at this point.

Now you need to add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.   Stir until combined.

In a greased 8x8 pan, pour your batter and spread it out evenly.  

Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and spices.

Bake at 325 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

Let the cake cool completely before cutting or removing from the pan. 


  1. This looks so good!!! I might need to make these…immediately! Your little Kenzie is a cutie :)

  2. I always enjoy your recipes so much Sarah!

  3. your daughter is absolutely adorable! and being slow to come out of your shell is definitely the way to go...i was the same way and think its definitely a great path to take ;) thanks for the recipe! i always look forward to the ones you post!

    oh. and that little boy. hysterical.

  4. Mackenzie looks GREAT and I love how her feet are almost the same in both pics too....and WOAH! hand down the pants!!!!

    Logan has just started ripping his diaper off to play /w himself. .....boys. You can't blame them, it's just THERE. right there hanging around. lol