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Apple Sauce Spice Cake

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Servings: 1
Categories: Apples / Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

3/4  c  Butter or margarine, soften
2  c  Sugar
3  ea  Eggs
3  c  All-purpose flour
1 1/2  ts  Baking powder
3/4  ts  Salt
2  tb  Cocoa
1/2  ts  Ground cinnamon
1/2  ts  Ground cloves
1/2  ts  Ground nutmeg
16  oz  Can applesauce
1 1/2  c  Raisins
1  c  Pecans, finely chopped
    Panocha Frosting (Follows)
1/2  c  Pecans, chopped
    -----PANOCHA FROSTING-----
1/2  c  Butter or margarine
1  c  Dark brown sugar, firmly
1/2  c  + 1 Tbsp half-and-half
1/4  ts  Salt
4  c  Powdered sugar, sifted

Cream butter, gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in raisins and 1 cup pecans. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9" round cakepans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Spread Panocha Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle 1/2 cup pecans on top of cake. PANOCHA FROSTING============= Combine first 4 ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool mixture to 160 degrees. Stir in powdered sugar. Yield: enough for one three-layered cake.

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