Saturday, October 26, 2013

Spiderweb Applesauce Cake


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
1 container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich and Creamy dulce de leche or cream cheese frosting
1/4 cup vanilla frosting (from 1-lb container)
24 brown candy-coated peanut butter candies (from 12.7-oz bag of multicolored candies)
 24 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits (from 12-oz bag of multicolored baking bits) 2 tablespoons chocolate frosting (from 1-lb container)


1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.

2 In large bowl, mix flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add oil, applesauce, vanilla and eggs; beat with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Spread in pan.

3 Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and surface is deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

4 Frost with dulce de leche frosting. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows, but leave in pan.

5 To decorate, spoon vanilla frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and cut off 1 tiny corner. Pipe vanilla frosting in a spiral in corner where 4 squares meet (see diagram). Pull a toothpick from corner of each square through lines of frosting 4 to 5 times to create spiderweb. Repeat to make 6 webs.

6 Place 1 peanut butter candy and 1 baking bit next to spider web on each square. Spoon chocolate frosting into another resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and cut off 1 tiny corner. Pipe chocolate frosting to make 6 legs for each spider.

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