Sourdough Starter – 1 cup (not fed)
Milk – 1/4 cup
Vegetable Oil – 1/4 cup
Applesauce – 1 cup (I used sweetened)
Egg – 1 large
All-purpose flour – 1 1/2 cups
White sugar – 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup (I used light brown sugar)
Baking Soda – 2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp
Cloves powder – 1/4 tsp
Ginger powder – 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg – 1/8 tsp or a big pinch
Grease a 13 X 9 pan with vegetable oil spray. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a 4 cup measuring cup (if you don’t have one, you’ll have to measure and mix in a smaller bowl), measure one cup of starter. Add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup of applesauce to the same measuring cup. Whisk it. Add one egg and beat with a whisk.
In another larger bowl, take flour, sugars, salt, baking soda, spice powders. Stir to combine. Make a well in the center and pour the liquid ingredients and stir till moistened. Do not overbeat. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine was done exactly at 35 minutes. Cool on the cooling rack in the pan for 15 minutes and then turn it out on to the cooling rack to cool completely.
You could dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving and serve as a snack cake. You could go overboard and frost this cake too. I am thinking cream cheese frosting with a touch of cinnamon.
I am so glad I found this recipe since this can be modified to suit many flavor requirements. Use mashed banana 1 cup in place of applesauce. Fold in chocolate chips or some nuts with it. Use pumpkin puree in the place of applesauce to get pumpkin spice cake. Use just sour cream in the place of applesauce to get sour cream cake. Think people think.
And now, this cake looked something like this in the pan. Look at that awesome color.