Be Pea ever so humbled…

We have a player on our team who has been with us since the beginning. His wife was going to start going to school full time and their income was going to be split in half. The first season I found him money through some local sponsorship (a local physical therapist…hockey brings big business). The second season however I could not find him any. So I sent an email to my team and asking them if anyone would be willing to chip in to help cover his costs. Which everyone gladly did varying from $10 on up. At first he was taken back because of the fact that the team paid for him, but then I kindly reminded him that we were a family, all be it a hockey family, but a family all the same. And families take care of each other and that we could not imagine a season without him. I also told him I am sure if he was in a place to help out other he would (he would). BTW, if you want to see the Sheep in action check out this cool video that one of our players boyfriend made. Black Sheep Hockey

You will notice a baked good up. My CCbP family was kind enough to make donations(the buttons’ on the side) to the blog so that my over-opinionated poor grammar ramblings and fat filled food could continue on this month. I had several mini donations and was sad to see people write me saying they were sorry they couldn’t give more. The fact that you the reader are willing to give me ANY amount of money is truly amazing and beyond touching to me. You are my food blogging family and I am currently the dead beat relative living on your couch and eating your food. :) But I do clean up after myself if that makes you feel better. :D

For Easter I made a large batch of Honey Crisp Applesauce to go with my ham. Interestingly enough this was the first time EVER that I cooked a ham. I used Andrea Meyers Maple Whiskey Glaze and it turned out sooo good. My roommate was all over it. We lived off of it for a week. I had no idea how easy hams were to make and when on sale pretty cheap as well. Go ham! I froze some of the applesauce for later use. I went in search of an applesauce cake and found one by good ol’ Smitten Kitchen and she never steers me wrong. I chose this cake not just because of the applesauce in the freezer but because another member of my CCbP family was kind enough to send me Cinnamon Chips. They are made by Hersey’s and I had seen a bunch of people use them in baked goods. Only problem was I could not find them here local at all.

The cinnamon chips have a lot more flavor than I thought they would so I used them sparingly in this cake. Since this is an applesauce cake it by definition is moist. The original cake was baked in an 8-inch square pan but I went the loaf route so that I could give some of them away. I was going to leave off the cream cheese frosting and then came to my senses and realized that was probably against my religion or something along those lines and threw some on top for good measure so as not to be struck down by the baking Gods. :) If you can’t find the cinnamon chips, you will survive. The original cake didn’t have them, I just thought it would add a little zing, and it does!

Thanks again to all of you who donated. It was really, really nice. And if there is a nicer word than nice, than that too. :D

Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Chips and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

For cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
4 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups applesauce (no sugar added or homemade if you have it)
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup Hersey’s Cinnamon Chips

For frosting
5 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Butter and flour (or use spray) 3 mini loaf pans or use an 8-inch cake pan.

Make cake: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in applesauce.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture until just combined, then stir in walnuts and cinnamon chips. The batter will look a little curdly and uneven but don’t worry, it will all bake up perfectly in the end.

Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until golden-brown and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Reinvert cake onto a rack to cool completely. The baking time is about the same for either the loafs or the 8-inch pan.

Make frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Sift powdered sugar and cinnamon over cream cheese mixture, then beat at medium speed until incorporated. Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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  1. Yum! There are apples in it, so it must be good for you.

  2. “You are a cook! Food always come to those who love to cook,” Gusteau

  3. I know it’s not the main part of this post, but that frosting looks so delicious I want to eat a bowl of it! :P

  4. So glad that things are looking up! You’re welcome on my virtual couch any time. We have cable, a good yard for pups to run around in, a fully stocked fridge and a ready supply of beer (isn’t the PNW great!?!?). Hugs!

  5. You can get cinnamon chips at Albertsons. At least the one in Issaquah carries them! This looks great. My husband is looking over my shoulder saying “What’s that?” and “I like applesauce cake!”

  6. What a fabulous cake! That frosting is just so tempting…



  7. Hi Peabody! This cake looks amazing and I have all of the ingredients for it except the applesauce! But I have the apples! You had mentioned a Honey Crisp Applesauce. Have you posted the recipe for the applesauce before? If not, would you be willing to post it, even if its just in the comments section…? It sounds divine!
    I absolutely love your website :)

  8. Can I eat this for Breakfast?

  9. Seriously yummy cake! Good call going with the cream cheese frosting.

  10. Looks so delicious!

  11. I love any excuse to use cinnamon chips. This looks really delicious!

    Your hockey family sounds wonderful. What a great supportive group of people!

  12. This looks wonderful! I bet butterscotch chips would be a good sub if people can’t find cinnamon chips. I personally have never been able to track them down.

  13. Yep, those cinnamon chips are delicious. Unfortunately, I can’t find them either! the store that used to have them, doesn’t have them anymore. Go figure!

  14. Peabody says:

    @ Mindy-I use Alton Brown’s recipe that is on the Food Network, it’s the one that you do in the microwave.

  15. Oh this looks so good! And it looks like there’s a great combination of spices in there! I’ve never been able to find cinnamon chips either, but I like Maggie’s suggestion for butterscotch chips. I’ve never made applesauce though. I’ll have to check out that recipe. I’d love to see another one of your cake recipes soon!
    ~Nancy Lewis~

  16. I see the chips, be they chocolate or butterscotch. I know I will love it. The apple makes it even better. This is going on my table tonight! It won’t stay there long, though…Look out stomach, here it comes!

  17. I have some of those cinnamon chips hanging out in my pantry. This looks like a great way to use them! Plus, I’m always on board if there’s cream cheese involved.

  18. Oh my god… this looks ridiculously good! I will seriously be on the hunt for cinnamon chips just so I can make this. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Also… great site. I like the look of your recipes :) I just discovered you – I will be back for more!

  19. Peabody, I have been wanting to make this ever since the day you posted the recipe a few weeks back. I finally made it last week, after having to mail order some cinnamon chips, and I am here to tell you…WOW. This is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. I opted not to add the chips to the frosting, but I added the powdered cinnamon. Freakin’ amazing. I will make this again and again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  20. Thanks so much for the great recipe. I made it last night and loved it.

  21. Super good! Can’t believe my grocery store had cinnamon chips! How fun! A+ recipe!

  22. Peabody says:

    @Megan- glad you liked it


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