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Caramel glazed applesauce cake

Time Active work time: 55 minutes Total preparation time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Yields Serves 12 to 16
Caramel glazed applesauce cake

Cake

1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square pan and lightly coat with flour. Tap out any excess flour.

2

Place the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop.

3

Cream the butter and brown and granulated sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs; beat until smooth.

4

Add the applesauce, sour cream and rum or vanilla; mix well. Add the flour, walnuts, currants, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice, cloves and salt. Mix well. Transfer to the pan and smooth the top.

5

Bake until the cake is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

Glaze

1

Combine the cream, butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cooking until smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the rum or vanilla.

2

Heat the broiler with a rack 7 inches from the heat. Pour the glaze over the hot cake, gently brushing to evenly coat the top. Broil until the entire surface is bubbly, about 1 to 2 minutes.

3

Use a serrated knife to cut the cake into 12 or 16 pieces.


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