Applesauce Spice Cake with Buttermilk Syrup

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup applesauce

3 apples, peeled, cored, and grated

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoons nutmeg (I always use fresh grated nutmeg & grate right into the batter...never sure if I have the right measure, or not.)

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 1/4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream softener butter and sugar. 

Mix in eggs one at a time until well incorporated. 

Stir in applesauce and apples until combined.

Sift in cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour. 

Stir until all dry ingredients are moist. 

Don't over mix. 

Pour into a prepared 9" x 13" baking dish.

Bake 30-40 minutes or until tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Serve with buttermilk syrup.

Buttermilk Syrup

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a large pot (Really LARGE...when the buttermilk and baking soda heat together, the foam is insane. Pick your largest pot and go buy one bigger to make the sauce...or clean up boiled over foamy sugar off your stove. You have been warned.), combine butter, buttermilk, corn syrup, sugar, and baking soda.

Stir and bring to a boil. 

Boil 7 minutes, stirring constantly. (This is when the foam really gets out of control.)

Remove pan from heat. 

Allow foam to subside, then stir in vanilla. 

Serve warm.