Time for October's Improv Cooking Challenge!
The theme for this month was cake and frosting. I recently made a batch of unsweetened cinnamon applesauce and was hoping to use some of it for a this challenge. I searched around for an applesauce cake and came across this recipe from Gourmet. The recipe was just what I was looking for and looked to be easily adaptable for using my homemade applesauce. The recipe recommended using a square cake pan, but I opted for my springform and it worked perfectly. I also left the walnuts out of the cake and used them for a crunchy topping. The frosting was so easy to make it was almost a crime and the flavor was delicious. This cake had all the cravable fall flavors- heavy on spice, dense and moist. The creamy spiced frosting and perfect crunch and nutty taste from the walnuts made this a delectable treat. I can't wait to make this again and curl up on a chill fall day with a slice and a warm cup of cider.
Big thanks to Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for organizing the challenge. If you want to join the fun (next month is cardamom and orange) stop by her blog and join the fun!