This is an old-fashioned cake that is just right for a chilly autumn evening or weekend dessert. It goes together pretty quickly, all in one saucepan, and the fragrance it will bring to your house--amazing!
As I've noted before, I like to keep orange juice concentrate in the freezer for recipes like this. The contrast of the orange glaze and the apple-y, cranberry filled cake gives a great depth to this really pretty simple dessert.
Applesauce Oatmeal Cake with Orange Glaze1 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
3/4 c old fashioned or quick oatmeal
1/2 c dried cranberries
1/2 c butter
3/4 c brown sugar
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
2 T melted butter
2 T orange juice concentrate, thawed slightly
enough powdered sugar to make a very thin glaze--about 1 1/2 c at most
walnuts--about 3/4 to 1 cup, coarsely chopped or broken
1. Heat the applesauce to just below boiling in the microwave, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the oatmeal and dried cranberries and let mixture to cool, about 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Stir the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg into the applesauce mixture. Sift the dry ingredients together and gently stir into the batter. Stir just until thoroughly mixed.
4. Pour into an 8 inch round or square pan that has been well-oiled or sprayed with cooking spray. Immediately put into oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. (You can also use a 7 X 11 pan, with a slightly shorter baking time.)
5. While the cake is baking, mix the butter, orange juice concentrate, and powdered sugar. (Note that I just lightly rinsed the saucepan used for the cake batter; this is truly an easy clean up cake, with one pan for each step!)
As soon as the cake is done, remove it from the oven and spread the glaze evenly over the top, poking it in lightly with a cake.
Sprinkle the walnuts evenly over the top. Serve warm or cold.