This moist, fluffy cake checks all the autumn boxes — apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg — topped off with homemade cream cheese frosting. A lovely fall treat with morning coffee or afternoon tea. ☕️🍂
- 2⅓ cups gluten free pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- Pinch of cardamom
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour an 8-inch cake pan.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
- In a separate medium bowl, using a fork, whisk together the butter, oil, and applesauce until thoroughly combined.
- In a large bowl beat the eggs, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on high speed for 3 minutes until light and thick.
- Using a spatula, fold one-third of the flour mixture into the egg mixture until almost absorbed completely, then fold in half the applesauce mixture. Fold in another one-third of the flour mixture, then the rest of the applesauce mixture and finish with the flour mixture. Folding until the flour is no longer visible.
- Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a rack and let cool completely.
- Add the cream cheese to a large bowl. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the butter and beat for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Sift the sugar and add it to the bowl. Beat for 1 minute more.
- Spread ¾ to 1 cup of the frosting on top of the cake. Spread the remaining frosting on the sides of the cake and serve.
- The cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days and served chilled.