How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 325. Butter a 9 ½-inch Bundt pan. Coat with ¼ cup superfine sugar; tap out excess sugar, and set mold aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and remaining 2 cups superfine sugar on medium speed, scraping down sides as needed, until mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, and beat 2-3 minutes more. Fold in applesauce (if you use homemade, make sure to let it cool down first!), being careful not to over mix.
  • Into a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Fold mixture into applesauce mixture. Add chocolate pieces, Calvados and vanilla; mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake until cake pulls away from sides of pan and is springy to the touch, and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly before inverting cake onto rack. Re invert; let cool completely.
  • Sift confectioners’ sugar over cake. Pour cider glaze over top of cake, allowing it to drip down sides.
  • **Cider Glaze**
  • 2 cups apple cider, plus more as needed
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 lemons
  • Combine cider and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Skim surface, removing any cider sediment that rises to top. Reduce heat; simmer until liquid begins to thicken into a glaze, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove cider glaze from heat; let stand until cool enough to touch.
  • Return to low heat and allow to reduce until ¾ cup. Whisk remaining 3 cups confectioners’ sugar into glaze. Remove from heat. If glaze is too thin, let it cool slightly. If it is too thick, add a little more cider. Use immediately.

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    " It was excellent "
    pink ate it and said...
    *wink* I have to say, made this and my goodness Noir, this is the BEST!
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    " It was excellent "
    berry ate it and said...
    O.K... great recipe, unique and interesting, perfect picture, flagged as beutiful, saved !
    Just a perfect post, thanks Noir.
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    " It was excellent "
    smooch ate it and said...
    This is amazing! Smooch
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    " It was excellent "
    zanna ate it and said...
    I dont know about TO DIE FOR....BUT TO LIVE FOR (So I can have another slice)is what I
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    Oh my goddness...that is a stroke of genius my foodie friend! This will knock their socks off!
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  • zena824 10 years ago
    Never had a chocolate applesauce cake before... this sounds really good Noir... thanks for sharing this with us...
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