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Applesauce Oatmeal Quick Bread

Applesauce Oatmeal Bread

This supremely simple quick bread comes together in minutes and gets eaten almost as fast in my house!

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This quick bread is a total happy accident. I bought a jar of applesauce that was much larger than I needed when I made my Applesauce Sheet Cake last week. I wanted to come up with a way to use the remaining applesauce. I was considering applesauce cookies, but then I remembered a really great oatmeal quick bread that I bought at a bake sale a couple of years ago.

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I love a good quick bread, but they’re not as easy to come by as you might think. What I love most about this Applesauce Oatmeal Quick Bread recipe is the moist and robust texture thanks to… well.. the applesauce and oatmeal!

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applesauce quick bread from above

You can spice this bread however you like. I often use the spice listings in a recipe as a general guideline. I like spiced baked goods to have a lot of kick. If you’re missing one of the spices or you prefer a different profile, feel free to use whatever you like. You could even swap in a spice blend like pumpkin pie spice mix.

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Applesauce Oatmeal Quick Bread

A lovely spiced quick bread with a hearty texture from the oatmeal and a lovely moist texture and sweetness from the applesauce.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, applesauce, baking, best dessert, Best Recipe, bread, dessert, easy recipe, oatmeal, quick bread, recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Author we are all magic

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar 198g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup neutral vegetable oil, like canola 99g
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 177g
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, old fashioned or minute 50g
  • 3/4 cup applesauce 170g

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9 inch x 5 inch loaf pan with parchment.

  2. Add sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl and whisk together.

  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

  5. Allow to cool completely, cut, and serve with butter or honey-butter.

This supremely simple quick bread comes together in minutes and gets eaten almost as fast in my house! It's lovely and sweet and moist from the applesauce and has a heartiness and fab texture from the oatmeal.
This supremely simple quick bread comes together in minutes and gets eaten almost as fast in my house! It’s lovely and sweet and moist from the applesauce and has a heartiness and fab texture from the oatmeal.
This supremely simple quick bread comes together in minutes and gets eaten almost as fast in my house! It's lovely and sweet and moist from the applesauce and has a heartiness and fab texture from the oatmeal.
This supremely simple quick bread comes together in minutes and gets eaten almost as fast in my house! It’s lovely and sweet and moist from the applesauce and has a heartiness and fab texture from the oatmeal.
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Easy Coconut Cake That Just Happens to Be Vegan

vegan coconut cake shot from above

Smitten Kitchen’s Plush Coconut Cake is EVERYTHING! Now, I’m not vegan nor have I ever been, but something really caught my attention with this cake when Smitten Kitchen posted it a few weeks ago. Maybe it was the use of the word PLUSH in the title? I mean… it’s totally the right word to use… it’s dense and moist and a delight to eat!

Vegan Coconut Cake
Are you a fan of TONS of frosting? I AM!

The second thing that made me want to make this cake was that my friend Patti Paige of Baked Ideas… a.k.a. Cookie-Master… a.k.a. like the best cookie decorator in the existence of decorated cookies… made this cake the very same day that Smitten Kitchen posted the recipe. You see, it’s THAT kind of cake… the kind of cake that you have all the ingredients for in your pantry. Just a few simple ingredients!

The THIRD thing that actually made me bake this cake was that my husband and I randomly got invited to a vegan dinner party last week?! That’s literally never happened to us! So this was all meant to be. My Spanish husband always tells me “nada es casual”.. “nothing’s an accident”.. and I think he’s right!

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So when I made the cake for the party it was a total HIT! Everyone enjoyed it so much… or at least they said they did! It’s like the densest and super-moist cake. It’s got lots of coconut flavor without being too much. I want to play with the recipe a bit over the next few times I make it. I think it could be great with diced fresh strawberries in the batter or maybe try using part almond flour? We’ll see!

slice of vegan coconut cake

Let’s talk frosting… I’M THE #1 CRUNCHY SUGARY FROSTING FAN. I know that not everyone is! When I made the cake for the dinner party I made a nice frosting with confectioner’s sugar, almond milk, vanilla, and a bit of solid coconut oil as the fat. It was wonderful! But I’m not giving that recipe here because I’m not certain how it would work if the coconut oil was liquid and not solid? Like on a warm day? I will research the topic, but for now I’m going to just use a classic vegetable shortening frosting recipe. Because that’s what I grew up with. And that’s what I love the most. I understand if you’re not into vegetable shortening and in that case you’re more than welcome to use Smitten Kitchen’s glaze recipe or whatever other recipe you love!


I love this covered 9×9 pan from Nordic Ware:

covered Nordic Ware 9x9 baking pan
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Vegan Coconut Cake with Pink Frosting

A few simple ingredients yield a marvelously dense and moist cake. This recipe is almost exactly the same as a wonderful recipe called PLUSH Coconut Cake from Smitten Kitchen.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author we are all magic

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 cups + 3 TB all-purpose flour 285g
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar 200g
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil in liquid form 110g
  • 13.5 ounces coconut milk, I used Goya
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

For the frosting:

  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk you could use whatever type of non-dairy milk you want
  • 1 drop red food coloring optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper.

  2. Measure dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. I measure by weight so I just put the bowl on the scale and tare it each time I need to add a new ingredient. Whisk everything together.

  3. Measure and melt your coconut oil if it’s not liquid. And add to the bowl.

  4. Add coconut milk and mix well.

  5. Finally add the vinegar and mix until fully incorporated.

  6. Pour silky batter into prepared pan and pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes. It will be golden and you can test for doneness with a toothpick.

  7. Allow to cool completely.

  8. For the frosting, beat all ingredients together until light and airy.

  9. Frost the top of the finished cake, cut, and enjoy!

This is the most wonderful cake that just happens to be vegan. You might have the simple ingredients in your pantry right now! Coconut oil, coconut milk, flour, sugar, baking soda, and vinegar!
This is the most wonderful cake that just happens to be vegan. You might have the simple ingredients in your pantry right now! Coconut oil, coconut milk, flour, sugar, baking soda, and vinegar!
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Super-Moist Spiced Applesauce Sheet Cake

This super-moist sheet cake is so quick and easy to make and sooooo satisfying to eat and share with loved ones! My new favorite cake!

I have a new love… this fabulously moist, light and delish, flavorful and sweet, super-spiced and iced sheet cake!

This super-moist sheet cake is so quick and easy to make and sooooo satisfying to eat and share with loved ones! My new favorite cake!

I’ve been obsessed with Applesauce Cake since this summer when I first made Julia Turshen’s instant-classic Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese + Honey Frosting. Her cake is so fabulous, easy, and supremely satisfying.

I have this thing for sheet cakes… I love them. I love a classic Texas Sheet Cake and its deep cocoa flavor. Sheet cakes are so easy to cut and serve and can feed a huge crowd. Because they’re baked in a sheet pan the cooking time is very short too! My favorite part of a sheet cake is the boiled frosting. I love that you ice the cake when it’s still hot. And let’s be honest.. it’s BEST when served a little warm with ice cream!

I wanted to make my own version of a nearly OVERspiced cake in a sheet pan and drench it in super-sweet boiled icing. After a lot of research I mostly based my recipe on this spice cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and I based the icing on this white texas sheet cake from Inspired by Charm.

After three — delicious — tries I settled this recipe and I’m really happy with it. Let me warn you… I love a TON of spice in my spice cake! You can adjust the spice levels or even the spices you use. I think cardamom would be really nice in this cake, but I just didn’t have any on hand when I was making it.

The end results are fabulous. The texture of the cake is insanely light yet still super-moist. The crumb is perfect. You can get the texture from the grated apple and applesauce in every bite. I personally LOVE the super-sweet boiled frosting, but I think you could easily make this cake and omit the frosting and serve it with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. I was talking to my mom about the cake and she said that she would sprinkle brown sugar on top when it comes out of the oven… I think I’m going to try that out next time I can rationalize making a cake!

I love this Nordic Ware Naturals Sheet Pan… I have 6 of them and use them DAILY.

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Spiced Appplesauce Sheet Cake

This super moist cake is so quick and easy to make!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Author we are all magic

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 213g
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup light cooking oil, like canola 240ml
  • 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar 350g, you could also use dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 180g
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated apple I used a large-ish gala apple
  • 2 tbsp molasses optional, but I love the deep rich flavor it brings

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter 113g
  • 1/2 cup whole milk 125ml
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar 550g
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles are optional

Instructions

  1. For the cake, preheat oven to 350F and line the bottom of a sheet pan with parchment. I used a Nordic Ware Naturals half-sheet pan(16.25×11.25).

  2. Measure out the dry ingredients into a bowl, mix together with a fork, and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl measure out all the remaining ingredients and whisk them together.

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk everything together… make sure you get any brown sugar clumps that might be there hiding!

  5. Pour batter into prepared sheet pan and stick it in the oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and gorgeous.

  6. Remove cake from oven and put in on a rack to cool.

  7. While the cake is cooling a bit, prepare the frosting. IN a large sauce pan melt the butter, add the milk, salt, and vanilla, and bring to a boil and then immediately shut off the heat.

  8. Slowly add the confectioners sugar while stirring. I didn’t sift my sugar, but if you want a perfectly chunk-free icing you should.

  9. Carefully pour and spread the icing on the hot cake. I did this almost immediately, but if your frosting seems too hot you could totally wait a minute or two.

  10. I added sprinkles because sprinkles are fabulous.

  11. Allow the cake to cool a bit and the frosting to set. Serve warm if you can!

Spiced Applesauce Sheet Cake
I love this gorgeously moist sheet cake! It’s got both applesauce and grated apple inside! The icing is perfectly sweet and the spice of the cake has some KICK! The best part is that it’s so quick to make… and eat!
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Almond Dream Cake: Naturally Gluten-Free!

Let me start by saying… this cake is WONDERFUL! I was visiting my mom in Western New York recently and she invited me to join her for her Ladies’ Club annual picnic.  Each year she and about 12 of her friends have a luncheon under a tent by a lake in Linwood, NY. They each bring a dish to pass. The only rule is that the dish has to be a SALAD.  I think it’s such a sweet idea!

Not to be one to follow too many rules, I decided that since I was a special guest I could bring a cake instead.  I wanted something light since I knew there would be so many food options at the luncheon. I also wanted something that would hold up well in the heat of the day. My final requirement was that it had to be a real show-stopper! I always try to cook up something that will impress this group of ladies!

My Almond Dream Cake checks off all the boxes I mentioned above! It’s made of the lightest sponge cake made with 9 eggs and almond meal instead of all-purpose flour. I make it extra moist by soaking each layer with almond-flavored simple syrup. The filling is simply whipped cream and berries. My trick with the whipped cream is to use a stabilizer powder to make sure it can stand-up to a hot day. An added plus is that this cake is naturally gluten-free! I wasn’t trying for that, but the almond flour does that trick!

I have to say, the cake really didn’t disappoint!  Everyone had a big piece, and we sent the leftovers home with two of the ladies.

The almond cake is based on the King Arthur Flour almond cake roll recipe that can be found here.

Here are the powders I used to help with my whipped cream:

Almond Dream Cake

An almond, whipped cream, and berry layer cake that's naturally gluten-free!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword almond, almond flour, best dessert, cake, cake recipe, gluten-free, whipped cream
Servings 12
Author we are all magic

Ingredients

almond sponge cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 9 eggs seperated size large, and at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract

almond simple syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp almond extract

filling:

  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 2 packets whipped cream stabalizer
  • 2 packets vanilla sugar
  • 2 pints fresh berries

Instructions

almond sponge cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Line a half-sheet jellyroll pan (13"x18")with parchment and grease the bottom and sides.

  3. Mix together the almond flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and brown sugar until the color is light and the consistency is thick and silky. It's very pretty!

  5. Add the extract and dry ingredients and mix well.

  6. In a new bowl beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.  Be sure the bowl and your beaters are very clean and dry before starting to beat the egg whites.

  7. Stir a few large scoops of the beaten whites into the yolk mixture. After it's fully incorporated, gently fold the remaining whites into the batter until it's JUST incorporated. Try not to over-mix so your sponge stays light and fluffy!

  8. Pour the batter into the prepped pan and even it out to the edges.

  9. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake is beautiful and golden.

  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

almond simple syrup:

  1. Dissolve the sugar into the water over medium heat until the mixture is totally clear. Add almond extract and mix well.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

whipped cream:

  1. In a large bowl beat the whipping cream and powder packets until it's light and fluffy.

to assemble:

  1. When the cake is cool, cut it into three even segments. Place the first third onto your serving plate and spoon on the almond simple syrup evenly over the top of the layer. Add berries evenly over the whipped cream. Top with the next third of the cake and repeat the process until the cake is fully built.

Recipe Notes

You can make the whipped cream your own favorite way and omit the stabilizer and powdered vanilla sugar.

VARIATION: Make egg white meringues and crunch them up and add them to each layer and the top of the cake for a little extra texture! 

This lovely layer cake is made from light almondy sponge, simple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries! It's also naturally gluten-free!

This lovely layer cake is made from light almondy sponge, simple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries! It’s also naturally gluten-free!

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Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler

Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler

I adore CUPPA CUPPA recipes! They’re recipes that have equal parts of many of the ingredients. My mother-in-law’s coconut flan recipe is sort of a cuppa recipe. You use a can of condensed milk, and then use the can to measure out all the other ingredients. It’s so easy to commit these recipes to memory.  I also remember making the cuppa cuppa cuppa recipe that Truvy (Dolly Parton) recited in Steel Magnolias. Her recipe was just a cuppa sugar, a cuppa flour, and a cuppa fruit cocktail with the juice. This recipe I’m making today has a few more ingredients, but I think it produces a wonderful cobbler that people just love!

I’m not certain this is actually a true cobbler? I think it may be a more of a buckle, but the name sounds better when you call it a cobbler…. so please… nobody report me to the cobbler police! One thing’s for sure, the recipe is totally versatile! You can use just about any type of fruit in it! I’ve even used frozen fruit. Some variations I’ve made: strawberry, peach, donut peach, mixed berries, raspberry, plum, I’ve even made it with white chocolate and macadamia nuts! In this recipe I’m using the most wonderful cherries from Washington State. I also tend to swap out the flavor extracts that I add to this recipe. Sometimes I like vanilla, sometimes almond, or even something exotic like coconut! you should totally experiment with whatever you have fruit and extract wise!

Another trick that I love to use with this cobbler is Ina Garten’s faux crème anglaise. It’s so simple, you just let a pint of good vanilla ice cream melt overnight in the fridge. It’s so decadent! If that’s a little too rich for your blood you could also just top with cold heavy cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream or even a scoop of ice cream!

Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler

Use your favorite fruit or berry in this recipe! Whatever's abundant or in season, or even frozen!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, cobbler, dessert, easy recipe, recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author we are all magic

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp flavor extract I used almond extract here, but you can use vanilla or whatever else you want!
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit, clean and dry I used cherries, but you can use anything you want!
  • .25 cup sugar this is to top the cobbler before baking

For serving:

  • 1 pint melted vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a shallow tart pan or a 9x13 pan.

  2. Melt butter over low heat or in the microwave.

  3. Add dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk together.

  4. Add milk and whisk until incorporated.

  5. Add melted butter and flavor extract and whisk until fully incorporated.

  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and top with fruit. Sprinkle on 1/4 cup sugar.

  7. Bake until golden brown and the fruit is bubbly. I usually start checking for doneness at about 45 minutes.

  8. Serve warm with cold melted vanilla ice cream poured on top!

Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler

This is a wonderful and versatile recipe that uses a “cuppa” flour, a “cuppa” sugar, a “cuppa” milk etc. I love that you can use just about any fruit you want in it too! It’s perfect for last minute guests or for a potluck!