Chunky Applesauce Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
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Here’s my newest Ooey Gooey Cake! I am so excited to share it with you. I started off by making some homemade applesauce. I used Granny Smith and McIntosh apples. The McIntosh apples cook down quickly to make a sauce while the Granny Smith apples hold their shape. My apples were pretty big so I only had to use 6 to make the amount needed for this recipe. If your apples are smaller you will need more. You need about 5 cups of applesauce to make this recipe.
You can see the consistency of the apples in the picture above. I only added 1/2 cup of sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon to the apples. They were still a little tart but don’t worry because the cream cheese topping will add the needed sweetness.
The original recipe for the cheesecake topping called for 4 cups of confectionery sugar but for this recipe I cut it back to 2 cups and that was plenty. That has always been a question I’ve been asked since I started making different varieties of this cake. I am sure now that cutting back the amount of confectionery sugar in the other recipes can be done and you won’t miss those calories one bit.
One of the other things I did was to use baking strips around the outside of the pan for baking. Without these this cake tends to bake high on the sides. I got better results using the baking strips. My pan did not have straight sides on it so if yours doesn’t, tighten them the best you can. I had to put several strips together to go around a 9 x 13 pan.
I use these strips by Wilton with all of my cakes too! They help to bake the cakes more evenly so you don’t get that big domed top on them.
I topped this cake with my homemade Caramel Sauce to make it over the top. This cake needs to be refrigerated if not serving the day you make it. It is best at room temperature.
- Homemade Applesauce
- 6 - 8 apples
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Cake Layer
- 1 Spice cake mix
- 1 egg
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons water
- Cream Cheese Topping
- 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups confectionery sugar
- ½ cup butter at room temperature
- Peel apples. Dice and put in a pan with sugar, water and cinnamon. Mix together. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Let cool. I set mine over ice to cool it quickly. Can also be made ahead.
- Combine cake mix, egg and butter with an electric mixer. Pat into a lightly greased 9 x 13 x 2 pan.
- Top with the apple mixture. You need 5 cups of the applesauce.
- Next, using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, add eggs and vanilla. Add confectionery sugar. Mix well. Pour over the apple mixture and spread evenly.
- Bake at 350* for 60 minutes. It should remain a little gooey in the center. Cool completely and cut into squares. I baked mine at 325 and it took just over an hour. I started checking it at 45 minutes.
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