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Pennsylvania Dutch Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Apple Butter Frosting | Kauffman's Fruit Farm Apple Butter | craftycookingmama.com

PA Dutch Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Apple Butter Frosting

I've paired up with Kauffman's Fruit Farm to bring you this simple & delicious PA Dutch Applesauce Cake w/ Cream Cheese Apple Butter Frosting. This is the perfect fall dessert!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course baked goods
Servings 12 - 16


  • *For Cake*
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon heaping
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup lightly sweetened applesauce store bought or homemade (basic recipe to follow)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins
  • *For Frosting*
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoon salted butter softened
  • 1/3 cup Kauffman's Apple Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • *For Applesauce*
  • 4 sweet apples mixed variety is best
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • *For Cake*
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or spray a 13"x9" baking dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, beat softened butter, brown sugar, applesauce and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
  • Combine flour mixture to applesauce mixture, stir until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Stir in raisins.
  • Spoon cake batter into baking pan (it will be thick) and bake 26 - 32 minutes. Top should be lightly golden browned and toothpick inserted in center will come out clean.
  • Cool on wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  • *For Frosting*
  • In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in apple butter and cinnamon. Beat for an additional minute or two, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Mixing over low speed, add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a a time, mixing until smooth and combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • Continue to beat until light and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • If you would like a stiffer frosting, add an additional 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup powdered sugar.
  • Frost cake & enjoy :)
  • *For Applesauce*
  • Peel, core and chop apples.
  • Combine apples with water, brown sugar and cinnamon in a pan.
  • Gently simmer over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If mixture seems to be drying out, add a bit more water.
  • Using a potato masher, mash applesauce. (You could use a food mill or food processor if you don't have a masher.)
  • Taste, adjust sugar and cinnamon if necessary.
  • Simmer for another 5 - 10 minutes, mash again.
  • Makes about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups.