Applesauce Sheet Cake with Divinity Frosting

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I am totally loving this fall weather!! So much so that I am eating all the pumpkin treatscrockpot recipes and now apple desserts! And apparently so are YOU! These two recipes that I just linked to are going crazy on Pinterest and Facebook because you all keep sharing them and making them!! Wow!

And now, here’s another one for the record books: Applesauce Sheet Cake with Divinity Frosting.

Puh-lease tell me you know what divinity is!!!

I was introduced to divinity in college by one of my roommates named Amy. She got me slightly addicted to this ridiculously amazing southern marshmallow like candy {which led to the sophomore sixteen} and then further led to me discovering more crazy good treats like pralines….and sonic onion rings. And people wonder why I gained so much weight in college.

I don’t want to talk about it.

ANYWAYS, I decided to make DIVINITY FROSTING and add it to the top of a super simple applesauce spice cake because {it’s me, after all….} and because it’s fall and cool and apples are in season and because I love divinity!

Think really soft and sweet apple and cinnamon cake made in 1-bowl and baked in a half sheet pan with some brown sugar marshmallow divinity frosting! It’s seriously heavenly!

If you love these flavor combinations as much as I do, then you will die after one bite! Such a yummy combo!

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Anyways, give this a whirl today! Have a great day, friends 🙂

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Spiced Applesauce Sheet Cake with Divinity Frosting

Yield: 24 servings

Ingredients:

  • for the sheet cake-
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored crisco
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks {save the whites for the frosting!}
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste {or 1/2 teaspoon extract}
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • for the frosting-
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 large pinch cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped & toasted pecans, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a half sheet pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and crisco with sugars. Stir in eggs, egg yolks, vanilla and apple sauce. Scrape sides and whip until light and fluffy. In another large bowl stir flour, leavenings and spices together using a fork or whisk. With the mixer on low, alternate mixing in dry ingredients with milk, starting and ending with dry. Once ingredients are all incorporated, mix the batter together by hand to ensure everything is mixed evenly. Pour cake into prepared pan and smooth the top. Place into hot oven and reduce temperature to 325. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted. Set aside to cool.
  3. For the frosting, place brown sugar, granulated sugar and water into a small pot. Stir to moisten sugar and place over medium high heat. In a large bowl, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Once the sugar dissolves in water and starts to bubble {not too violently} time 1 minute. After this, remove from heat and stir in marshmallows. Once those have melted, slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the egg whites while whipping with a hand mixer on medium to high speed. Continue whipping for 3-5 minutes or until frosting becomes very thick and holds its shape. Stir in vanilla bean paste. Immediately scoop this frosting into a piping bag and frost all cupcakes. Top with chopped and toasted pecans, if desired.

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  1. Stupid question..how big is a half sheet pan? is it 9″x13″?

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  2. This looks amazing! I wil be making this cake soon! ?

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  3. I’ve never heard of divinity before–looks like it makes a great frosting! I just love this kind of cake for fall!

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  4. Half sheet cake is 11×15, Lori.

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  5. At end, receipe says frost all cupcakes, but I assume it means to also frost the cake. Sounds yummy, and can’t wait to try it.

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