Spiderweb Applesauce Cake

Want to make a fun and different cake for Halloween?

This is a spiderweb applesauce cake that we made at home.  

The recipe was in the Betty Crocker Halloween magazine, volume 19, number 8 that was on display in September 2010.

The cake is made from scratch.  The recipe calls for:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 container (1 pound) Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy dulce de leche frosting (or you can use cream cheese frosting) 
  • One-quarter cup of Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16 ounce container)
  • 24 brown candy-coated peanut butter candies (from a 12.7-ounce bag of multicolored candies)
  • 24 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits (from 12-ounce bag of multicolored baking bits)
  • 2 tablespoons of Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy chocolate frosting (from 16 ounce container)

The picture below shows all the ingredients:


Ingredients For Spiderweb Applesauce Cake


Follow the instructions below to make your cake:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the bottom and the sides of a 15x10x1 inch pan.  (You can use either cooking spray or shortening).

2. Mix the flour, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda and the cinnamon in a large bowl.   Next, you add the oil, vanilla, applesauce and the eggs and beat with an electric mixer until smooth (low speed is recommended).  Spread into baking pan evenly.

3. Bake for 28-32 minutes.  The surface should be a deep golden brown.  Insert a toothpick into the center and if it comes out clean the cake is ready.  Let the cake completely cool for about an hour.

4. When the cake is thoroughly cooled, frost with the dulce de leche frosting.  Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.  Leave cake in the pan.

5. To decorate, we used a reseal-able food-storage plastic bag; sealed the bag and cut off 1 tiny corner then we piped the vanilla frosting in a spiral in one of the corners where the 4 squares meet.  Then we pulled a toothpick from corner of each square through lines of frosting 4-5 times to create the spiderweb. (See  picture below.)  Repeat to make 6 webs.


Creating The Spider Web

6. Place 1 peanut butter candy and 1 baking bit next to the spider web on each square. Spoon the chocolate frosting into another reseal-able food-storage plastic bag; seal the bag and cut off 1 tiny corner like you did above.  Pipe the chocolate frosting to make 6 legs on each of the spiders. 

The picture below shows the finished cake:

Spiderweb Applesauce Cake


If you're wondering what the spiderweb applesauce cake tasted like - it was delicious!



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