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Applesauce Georgia Pecan Spice Cake



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1/2 cup chopped Georgia pecans
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. light butter, divided
1 1/2 cups chunky applesauce
1/4 cup apple butter
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup raisins
8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 9" x 13" baking pan. For the pecans, toast them on a baking sheet in oven for 4 minutes or until crunchy and deep brown. Set aside.
  2. 2
    Beat sugar and 1/2 cup butter with electric mixer until well blended, from 4 - 5 minutes. Add applesauce, apple butter, egg whites and egg and beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Beat well. Stir in raisins.
  3. 3
    Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake about 45 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.
  4. 4
    Packaging tip: Cut this cake into squares and place on a pretty plate or tray. Cover with a loose layer of plastic wrap or tuck inside a box lined with parchment paper. If you're giving the entire cake, bake in a new cake pan and present cake, pan and an index card on which you print the recipe.
  5. 5
    For the icing, beat 2 tsp. butter and cream cheese with electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and beat at lower speed until incorporated. Add vanilla and combine well. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting over cake and sprinkle with toasted pecans.

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