Super Moist Spice Cake Recipe

yield: SERVES 12

2 and 1/2 cups (312g) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup canola (240ml) or vegetable oil
1 and 3/4 cup (350g) packed dark brown sugar
optional: 1 Tablespoon molasses
1 cup (180g) unsweetened applesauce
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup grated apple (or grated carrot/zucchini)

8 ounces (224g) full-fat block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar, plus an extra 1/4 cup if needed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt


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