Easy Apple Snack Cake

Linda App

2 C all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C packed light brown sugar
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 C applesauce
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
2 tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, and diced medium sized (2 C)
1/2 C raisins (optional – may substitute dried cranberries)
cinnamon/sugar mixture

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease an 8″ pan.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, spices, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat together brown sugar and butter together with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 6 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Scraping down the the sides and beaters as needed. Beat in applesauce and lemon zest.
4. Whisk the flour mixture into the egg mixture until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in apples and raisins.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake for 50 minutes (rotate pan half way through baking time) or until toothpick entered in the center comes out clean.
6. Let cake cool in pan on wire rack, about 2 hours, before serving.

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