Rating: 4.25 stars
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

Wonderful with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Just a touch of spice and the lemon is a nice touch to set off the applesauce. Hope you enjoy. Top with whipped cream or lemon sauce.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 9x9-inch cake
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan.

  • Mix flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Beat in egg yolks, butter, and lemon zest until dough is thoroughly mixed.

  • Mix applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves together in a small bowl.

  • Press half the dough into the prepared baking pan; spread applesauce mixture over dough in a layer. Top with remaining dough.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cake is browned, 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

490 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 61.1g; fat 25.2g; cholesterol 137.8mg; sodium 314mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (30)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2012
Topping this cake is key. By itself it's a bit dry but has a nice flavor. I sprinkled the top of the cake with a little cinnamon before baking and served the cake with a tart lemon sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/16/2014
I thought this was just OK. Cooked for five minutes longer than suggested and the "dough" was still a bit underdone. that being said this is not at all a cake consistency. It really is a dough rather than a batter. The taste was alright but not very flavorful. The lemon sauce is a must. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2012
Topping this cake is key. By itself it's a bit dry but has a nice flavor. I sprinkled the top of the cake with a little cinnamon before baking and served the cake with a tart lemon sauce. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2014
Made for Recipe Group. I thought this was good nice lemony flavor in the background. I made it in an 8x8 pan. I sprinkled cinnamon sugar over natural applesauce and on the top. I just mixed the batter with my hands pressed down the bottom layer and crumbled over the applesauce. Makes a nice coffecake! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2014
Recipe Group Selection: 08 March 2014 I am glad I waited to write the review about this cake. The first night we tried it was the day I baked it. We found it to be a little dry even with the 'Lemon Sauce II' from AR that I made as a topper. (Submitter suggested a lemon sauce). By covering the leftovers with a tight fitting lid the dessert softened up and we enjoyed it so much better. If I were to make this again I would cut back on the crust/topping layers or add about 3/4 cup more applesauce. I did sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top before baking. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2014
This cake needs to be made a day in advance. After it came out of the oven and cooled it was bland and not very good. I wrapped it up and figured it would probably be thrown away but the next day I tasted another piece and it was totally different from the day before. The flavors came together beautifully and it was truly delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2014
Made this for Recipe Group...Delicious! I didn't have a 9x9 square baking pan so I used a 9" round pan and that worked well except I had some 'dough' left over but that was fine. This baked up beautifully and was very tasty...sort of reminded me of a cross between a cobbler and a pie. Topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon before baking as Pam noted in her review and served with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel. This was a big hit for dessert tonight...a keeper for sure YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2014
Wow this is really good! I used unsweetened applesauce and it still came out tasting sweet. It was not dry at all. I rarely have lemons on hand so I used about 2-3 Tbs lemon juice. The taste isn't as strong as some reviewers say they can taste the lemon zest but it does add a bit of liquid that helps to keep the dough together. The dough resembles shortening/flour "crumbles". Just grab half of it and mold into a ball then press into the glass dish. Cover with applesauce mixture then grab remaining "crumbles" and sprinkle over the applesauce. It should cover the whole pan. Press down lightly add some cinnamon for flavor and color bake for 40-45 mins and it turns out incredible. Can't wait to add ice cream! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2013
This is sooooo good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2014
I made this dessert in the winter when I wanted a fruit dessert but the fresh fruit selection was scarce. I made one following the recipe and then I made another one with cherry pie filling. For the cherry one I omitted the lemon zest cloves and cinnamon. Both were very good! Not too sweet! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2013
Lovely dessert...the shortbread crust and topping are a nice counterpoint to the applesauce (which basically becomes apple butter during the baking process). I used homemade applesauce which has more flavor than most store brands. Do sprinkle a little cinnamon on the cake prior to baking. The cake took about 60 minutes to bake. Not sure what happened with the cake of the rater who said it was dry...mine was not. I'm very glad I made it in spite of the 'dry' comment! I used the Lemon Sauce 1 recipe (since I had the lemon left from the cake) and it's perfect (cut back on the nutmeg and use a bit of cinnamon) as a finishing drizzle. Yum! Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/16/2014
I thought this was just OK. Cooked for five minutes longer than suggested and the "dough" was still a bit underdone. that being said this is not at all a cake consistency. It really is a dough rather than a batter. The taste was alright but not very flavorful. The lemon sauce is a must. Read More
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