|Honey Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting|
I made this cake this week. It is really good. You need to keep it put up in a refrigerator if possible because of the cream cheese.
Here's how it looks now after Christian was allowed to sit with it at the table unsupervised for a bit:
HONEY APPLESAUCE CAKE
1/2 c shortening
3/4 c honey
2 c flour (whole wheat works well)
1/4 t cloves
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 c applesauce
1 c raisins (we omit)
Grease and flour pan. Oven set to 350. Mix shortening and honey well. Stir in dry ingredients, applesauce and raisins. Bake for 45 min.
Cream Cheese frosting is easy enough made from real cream cheese. And, if you get the cheese on sale (I can get it for 99 cents or less) it's cheaper than frosting in a can. (But when time is short, use the frosting in a can!!!)
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 softened 8 oz cream cheese
powdered sugar (I have never tried this with honey instead of powered sugar before, if someone tries it, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can comment about it.)
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of milk
I start softening up the cream cheese by leaving it out on the counter for an hour or so. Then I begin whipping it, while adding powdered sugar (I usually end up using about 1/2 a box or so). Depending on how "stiff" it is, I add a dash a milk at a time until I get it to frosting consistency. Add the vanilla at some point.
Honey keeps things like cake retain moisture. If you needed to send something to someone for the holidays, or off to a child at college, use honey because the baked goods will last longer.
Here's a quick cinnamon coffee cake made with honey:
2 c flour
1/2 t salt
4 t baking powder
1 beaten egg
1 c milk
4 T butter, melted
1/2 t cinnamon
Greast 8 inch square or round pan. Oven at 375. Sift together flour, salt, baking power. Add 2 T honey, egg, milk, then butter. Stir together. Spread into pan. Dribble remaining honey over top and sprinkle with the cinnamon. Bake 30 minutes.
Enjoy these, we did!