applesauce spice bars {bwd} ~ a comedy of errors

With quite a few baked goods on my to-do list this week, I was going to skip today's baking assignment. Quite a few bakers, however, commented on how simple it was to make.  I couldn't resist Spice and Easy, so I tried it out.  The recipe is basically a cake recipe, certainly not a cookie, and it really is a cinch to put together.  I like the buttery, cinnamony flavor, the fluffy texture, and the glaze is a definite winner.  BUT... I neglected to read the crucial word "SIMMER" and so my glaze, cooked at a rolling boil, turned into a decidedly crunchy toffee topping.

Gloppy, gooey and cooked to too high a temperature.

I also must make mention that lining the pan with parchment paper is crucial, particularly if you'd like to invert the cake without tearing it all up.  I skipped that all important step; see Exhibit A and B.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

I hurriedly cut a few rectangular pieces before the topping hardened to a crisp, and those made it into the final photo shot.  I had to sample the mangled parts and I must say that this is a fantastic glazed apple cake. I will definitely be making this again!

All's well that ends well.

Hop on over to Chaya's Comfy Cook Blog to see the recipe.  You can see the other wonderful results posted at the Baking With Dorie site.


  1. your glaze looks gooey in such a good way!! and I love toffee!! :) i can't stop smiling reading your post as it reminded me of my failed caramel when BWDers baked the caramel-topped choc brownie cake some time ago. yup!! too high a temperature was the culprit! anyhow, your cake looks moist and scrumptuous!

  2. Despite the errors - your bars look great! I forgot to put vanilla extract in the glaze - I remembered *after* I had poured it. However, it made no difference to the deliciousness of these bars.
    Thanks for baking with us this week!

  3. Your bars look fantastic, and from the photos, I would have never known you had issues with the glaze...it looks great!


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