I remember this cake from when I was growing up. It's a really tasty bundt cake that was easy enough that us kids could make it from an early age. Just a few ingredients, too. Here's the quick and dirty:

  • 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Applesauce

Pre-heat oven to 350°. Mix those four ingredients until creamy? battery? who knows, just mix them for a while. With your other hand, smear butter on the inside of your bundt cake pan. It's really important to butter this thing well. One missed spot will screw up your whole cake. It has to be butter, too. Don't think you're going to cheap out and just spray the pan with some of that stuff. It won't work.

Once you're done mixing and buttering, turn your attention to the spice portion. Here's what I like to do:

  1. Get about 1/3 Cup Sugar 
  2. Mix in enough cinnamon that it looks right (people say 2 tbs, but I just put it in until it looks right)
  3. Dust the inside of your bundt with the mixture

That third step looks simple, but it's deceptive. If you accidentally shake on more cinnamon than sugar, the spice will dust up your butter and nothing else will stick. Except the cake; that will stick. Get that sugar to adhere somehow. Try harsh language, it works for me.

  1. Pour 1/3 of your battery batter into the pan
  2. Dust with half of your remaining cinnamon/sugar mix
  3. Pour 1/3 of your batter
  4. Dust
  5. Repeat until done with both (you should have poured three times and dusted twice)

Bake 36-41 minutes, cool for 10, then flip the cake out onto a plate.

You can make a sugar glaze if you insist on some kind of frosting. You could also just dust it with powdered sugar. The cake is fine on its own though. If you have big chunks of outer-crust missing, check the inside of the bundt pan. You probably messed up step 3. Everyone does.

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