The Great Applesauce Cake Experiment got underway tonight with somewhat disappointing results. There seems to be something wrong with the recipe, but I'm not sure what, exactly. (No, that's not a photo of MY cake--just one I got off the internet that looks a bit similar.)
For one thing, it's not quite sweet enough. I don't know whether that's because of the applesauce I used or if the amount of sugar is off.
For another thing, it's not quite dense and moist enough. My mom's recipe says to bake for 45 minutes, but then she added "or 1 hr." At 45 minutes, it was still somewhat raw in the middle. Next time I'll test it at 50 minutes, because I baked this one for about an hour and although it was okay, I think it could have baked a little less. That may help with the moistness issue.
I wish Alton Brown was here. I bet he'd know exactly what needs to be done to "fix" it. Now that I've made it once, though, I've gone searching recipes on the internet and I've found two that are similar.
A comment to one of the recipes suggested wrapping the cake while hot in plastic wrap and then foil for moistness. Yep, I'm going to try it. That recipe also had twice as much sugar, although it also had more flour. The real difference between my recipe and the two similar ones I found is that mine doesn't have any eggs and the other two do. I have to wonder whether my mom forgot to write the egg down. Anyone know what adding an egg would do to a cake?
THIS one is nearly the same recipe, but it has an egg. It also has only one cup of applesauce and mine has two. There are a couple other minor details in the spices, but the main ingredients are much the same.
THIS one is also similar but with twice the sugar, two eggs, and more flour.
I wish I was more like Alton Brown and had a little better understanding of what each ingredient does to a cake. I guess I'll just have to keep experimenting unless any of you has an idea?
Hubby's taking the "failure" to work tomorrow. Those guys will eat anything! Seriously, though, it's not BAD; it's just not THE cake. I'll try again tomorrow night and hope for the best. Goodness knows I have enough ingredients to make about 15 of these babies. I just hope they turn out right eventually so people don't start running away when they see me coming, screaming, "Here she comes again with another one of those cakes!"