Easy Spice Cake

Easy Spice Cake

This cake fills the kitchen with the spices of fall and on a crisp day there is nothing better than a slice of this cake with a cup of warm tea.
Course Thanksgiving
Servings 8 slices


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • cup canola oil
  • cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Butter and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sugars, oil, applesauce, eggs, and vanilla extract to blend.
  • Add the dry ingredients and stir until just blended.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Bake 350° for 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake for 10 minutes.
  • Turn onto wire rack and cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbook authors, Giada De Laurentis.

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