Tender spice cake with tart apple. A maple frosting-glaze makes these irresistible. This will be the best apple dessert you make this year!
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp apple pie spice
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup flour
1 medium to large apple, peeled and finely diced
6 Tbsp pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp salted butter
1 Tbsp half and half
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9X9 cake pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl and using an electric hand mixer, whip butter and sugar together until light in color and well combined.
Add in the egg, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and apple pie spice. MIx well.
Fold in chopped apples, flour and apple sauce just until combined.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake for 30 minutes.
In the last 10 minutes of the cake baking, make the glaze. You will want the warm glaze to be ready to pour on to the warm cake so that it soaks in. If you like more of a thick frosting, double the glaze recipe and spread the warm frosting over the cooled cake.
To make the glaze, bring the pure maple syrup to a boil over medium high heat and boil until it reduces to about 4 Tbsp, This takes about 5-10 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesnt burn.
Remove from heat and stir in the butter until it is melted, add in half and half and quickly whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over hot cake.
These cake bars are to die for. I love them with the thin glaze at breakfast with my coffee and bacon. I prefer them with a thicker frosting for an afternoon treat with a hot cup of earl gray tea.