|Dutch Oven Recipes > Applesauce Cake|
|3||cups sugar||1/4||cup cold water|
|1 1/2||cups butter; softened||3||tsp. baking soda|
|1||tsp. salt||3||cups applesauce|
|3||tsp. cinnamon||6||cups all-purpose flour|
|1 1/2||tsp. nutmeg||1 1/2||cup raisins|
|1||tsp. ground cloves||1 1/2||cup coarse chopped nuts|
|1 1/2||Tbs. cocoa powder|
|8||oz. brick cream cheese; softened||3||cups powdered sugar|
|1/2||cup butter; room temperature||1||tsp. vanilla|
Prepare Batter: In a large bowl cream together sugar, butter, and salt. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cocoa powder; cream well. Stir soda into cold water then add to applesauce. Mix applesauce then flour into wet ingredients. Stir in raisins and nuts.
Bake: Grease and flour the bottom and sides of a 12" Dutch oven. Pour batter into Dutch oven and spread evenly to sides. Bake using 8-10 briquettes bottom and 14-16 briquettes top for 60-90 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. For best results rotate oven and lid 90° in opposite directions every 15 minutes while baking. Allow cake to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert cake onto a cooling rack and finish cooling. Cut cake in half horizontally. Separate halves.
Prepare Frosting: Cream together all ingredients until lumps are all gone and frosting is smooth.
Assemble Cake: Set 1 cake layer on a plate cut side up. Spread frosting across top of cake half. Top with second cake layer, cut side down. Frost top and sides with remaining frosting.
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