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Spiced Applesauce Cake

The thing I love about this cake - besides it not being too sweet - is the fact that I can mix it, pop it in the oven, and crawl back in bed. By the time the aroma permeates the house and wakes everyone up, it's ready to eat!
I found an intriguing recipe for quince sauce cake in Myra Goodman's Food to Live By then I tweaked the ingredients a bit, substituting yogurt for buttermilk and applesauce for quince sauce, and changing the spices. I haven't found any quince to give the real recipe a shot. Maybe in the Fall...

2 C white whole wheat flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 C organic granulated sugar
1 T ground cardamom
1 T ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1-1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 C olive oil
1/2 C organic plain yogurt
2 T ginger syrup
raisins and granola for topping, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a baking dish. Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until just moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading it evenly to the edges. Sprinkle with raisins and granola, if desired. Bake till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

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