Applesauce Whole Wheat Spice Cake

Whole wheat, applesauce, and cream cheese icing on top.  What more could you want?  Did I mention those ingredients make it suitable for breakfast?  I'm surprised to say this, but I'm a little burned out on chocolate for the moment.  And this might be sweet, but it's not a plate of holiday cookies.
The batter comes together in one bowl, and while the spice cake is baking, you can make the icing.  Cinnamon cream cheese icing is my new favorite thing.
If you're still hosting family or friends for the holidays, this is a wonderful snack, dessert, or breakfast addition.  I ate one slice, discovered how wonderful it was, then gifted the rest of the loaf to my sister, who had her family, along with her husband's sister's family around to devour it.  Seemed much more needed at her household than mine :-)
Hope your holidays have been treating you well!
Applesauce Whole Wheat Spice Cake (from Eat Live Run)
makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)

Frosting:
1 stick butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray, and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla, and the egg, and mix until well combined.  Add the applesauce but don't mix in just yet.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, smooth surface with a rubber spatula, and bake for about 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean, and the top is golden brown.

To make the icing, mix the butter and cream cheese until well combined, then add the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Mix until incorporated, then beat on medium-high for 6-8 minutes until light and fluffy. Spread icing on completely cooled loaf.
Enjoy!

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