Fall is here, fall is here! My most favorite time of the year! To start off fall I have a weeks worth of apple recipes for you.
I love fall flavors and fall baking. I look forward to it every year. Apple and pumpkin are those two main ingredients that I can’t wait to use each year. I always dedicate a weeks worth of recipes for each one. This week is apple week and pumpkin week will be coming soon.
To begin apple week, I have applesauce bars for you. Think pumpkin bars, but an apple version made using applesauce. This cake is moist, flavorful, and perfectly topped with cream cheese frosting. This is a great new recipe to add to your fall baking.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1⅓ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups applesauce
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1½ packages cream cheese, softened (12 oz total)
- 6 Tbsp butter, softened
- 11/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and eggs together with a mixer until smooth. Stir in apple sauce.
- Add in flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice. Blend just until combined. Pour into the prepared 9 x 13 inch pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
- To make frosting, add cream cheese and butter to a bowl, Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix in until combined and fluffy. Spread over cooled cake. Serves 12-15.