Applesauce cake with Grand Marnier Frosting

Applesauce cake

Fall is coming.  It is one of my favorite seasons.  We don’t really have a Fall season here in Texas, but I fondly remember the falls of home, leaves changing colors, the smell of smoke in the air, apples, pumpkins, the chilly evenings.  When I think of Fall, I think of all the Fall dishes that I love.  One of these is applesauce cake.  I pair my applesauce cake with a frosting that has Grand Marnier in it as a flavoring.  The slight orange flavor of the Grand Marnier just seems to make the apple flavor pop.  I bake mine in a 13 x9 in cake pan, but you can bake it in two round 8 inch pans and frost the sides and in between the layers if you wish.  I think once you try this cake, it will become one of your favorites.

3 cups flour

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. cloves

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

2 cups applesauce (I use my homemade applesauce that I make from tart apples)

1 cup raisins (I use the golden raisins, but you can use regular if you want)

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans, your choice. I like black walnuts when I can find them)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 13 x 9 inch cake pan.  Line bottom with parchment paper and butter the paper.  Sift first 8 ingredients.  Beat sugar and butter till fluffy.  Beat in eggs.  Beat in flour mixture and applesauce.  Stir in raisins and nuts.  Bake 25-30 minutes.  Cool in pan for about 15 minutes (This step is if you are making the round layers and want to create a layered cake)  Cool completely before frosting.  Frost with Grand Marnier Frosting.

Grand Marnier Frosting

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier

1/4 tsp. vanilla

Beat butter till smooth.  Beat in cream and powdered sugar.  Add Grand Marnier and vanilla.  Spread frosting over the top of cake.  If making a layered cake spread frosting in between layers, then frost the sides and top.  You can leave plain or sprinkle with chopped nuts.

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