Dessert is my favorite meal of the day. Winter, the “holiday season” specifically, is my favorite time of the year because everyone is making and requesting sweets. The only thing that puzzles me about this season is that, with all the holiday delicacy just waiting to be enjoyed, people get hung up on cookies for some reason. I love cookies, but this cake is a lovely alternative to all that “holiday cookie” baking going on these days.
It is filled with the scents and flavors of fall and winter: cinnamon (my favorite spice), nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and apples.
I found this recipe on Gourmet.com in October 2009. I followed the recipe exactly the first time I made it and have since altered it to my liking. I add nutmeg and I leave the cream cheese frosting plain, I think it is a nice balance to the full flavor of the cake.
I make this cake year-round because I love the flavor, and the applesauce makes for an extremely moist cake. I have already made it twice this season and will definitely be making it several more times before winter is finished. It is best served at room temperature or slightly cooled.