Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Oatmeal Applesauce Spice Cake

Love may not make the world go around but it sure makes the ride worthwhile.  Hope you are all having a great valentine's day with your special someone - it is one of the best time of the year to blog-hop, have been enjoying....the chocolates, the hearts and the exotic meals !! This one is for my special someone !!
Happy Valentine's Day !!

 I made the spice cake and served it on a bed of chocolate sauce made with maple syrup, some vanilla ice cream on the side and chocolate handmade roses.

For the apple sauce 

3lbs - apples  - quartered and cored
1/2 cup water

Combine apple and water in a sauce pan, bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 min. when apples are tender mash it with a potato masher - not too smooth, consistence of a chunky puree. Keep aside !!

For the chocolate sauce :

Heat the maple syrup over medium-low heat in a saucepan add some star anise, cloves, 1 tsp natural unsweetened coco, 1/2 tsp instant coffee stir and keep aside. It has a nice spicy chococofee aroma. I have tried different kinds of chocolate sauces and find this one of my favorites - my own creation and am very pleased that it turned out so well. A bit runny than store bought sauce, goes very well with this cake.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (uncooked)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup apple sauce - home made - recipe above
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flower the baking dish.

In a bowl, mix flour, oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, cloves and baking powder.

In a large bowl,  cream butter with sugar. Add eggs, apple sauce and milk, beat until blended. Add the dry ingredients and the raisin - cranberries. stir well and pour into prepared  pans.

Bake for 30-35 mi, or until the cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it sit for 5-10 min, remove from pan and cool on wire racks.

Serve on a bed of warm chocolate sauce with some vanilla ice-cream.

For the chocolate roses

You need to make chocolate plastic. Will post the recipe soon :) 

Hope you all have a great valentine's day !!

Submitting for the event - Bon Vivant Moments hosted by Sumee, for sweet love hosted by Vardhini,  Cake, cookies and desserts hosted by Anjali  and Cook Eat Delicious Desserts for February hosted by Claire and  Raven   Thank you !!
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  1. This looks delicious.Thanks for posting it Dear..


  2. Awesome n cake looks lovely..Yummy yum!
    Happy Valentines Day!!

    Erivum Puliyum

  3. Nice and yummy oatmeal applesauce cake. Great way to celebrate, well presented n great clicks :)

  4. I love your pics! I just adore this cake!
    I just found your blog and I loved it! Am a happy follower now! Visit me at:
    Hope to c u around!

  5. Happy valentine's day ! This is a wonderful treat !

  6. looks just awesome n delicious.Thanx 4 posting it Dear..

  7. Hi Mj, am new to your blog. This cake looks yummy. Your new follower :-)

  8. i love the combo...my kitchen has the whole wheat version..ur clicks are super cool :)

  9. Sudha : thxs wld love the wheat version cld you please leave me a link - I'll stop by at your blog and try and look for it !!

  10. i am yet to post most of my recipes...I am a very shy food blogger to be honest..will do it soon and link it up to TnS for sure..thanks for being so sweet

  11. What a lovely post, and the cake looks amazing and so moist!
    Hope you had a great valentines day :)

  12. This looks so yummy and tasty loved the first click:)

  13. Lovely presentation, delicious cake and the roses are adorable, looking forward to that recipe, a happy follower here..

  14. The cake looks delicious and so moist! I'll be putting it in my recipe file, for sure! Stopping by and newly following from Foodie Friday. Thanks for sharing this yummy confection!

  15. This sounds utterly phenomenal. Pinning it!!


  16. Visually fabulous post! The kind dessert my hubby and son love! putting it on my reading list to try :)

  17. I love the pics!! Amazing presentation.. :)

  18. This looks absolutely wonderful! I know my husband would love this - will definitely try! thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  19. This turned out beautifully with the chocolate sauce. Gotta love spice cake ;)

  20. Lovely presentation and gorgeous clicks. Thx for linking to the event.

  21. Awesome clicks, dear! I never like apples in baking and cooking much except for puddings. Your recipe tempts me to come out of my shell. :)
    Happily following you.
    Thanks for linking to my event. I'd appreciate if you link it back with my event announcement page.

    Event : Cakes, Cookies and Desserts

  22. Your clicks are soo darn cute. Really looks nice. Thnx for linking up to my event.

  23. Not only it sounds delicious but looks heavenly too! AWESOME!

  24. This looks amazing! I especially like how you spiced up the chocolate sauce. Thank you for sending your recipe to Cook.Eat.Delicious-Desserts.


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