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Granny Smith Apple Cake

Yield 16 servings

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups diced Granny Smith apple (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 329
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 4.1 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 5.9 g
  • carbohydrate 57.9 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 59 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 382 mg
  • calcium 55 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through nutmeg) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add apple and pecans; toss gently to combine. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine granulated sugar, applesauce, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist. Spoon batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  3. To prepare icing, beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat just until blended. Spread icing over cake.