Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Honey Apple Cake

My subscription to Cooking Light ran out this month, and I’m not quite sure what to do.  I love getting the magazine every month, gorgeous pictures, amazing food and most importantly, nutritional information.  Husband has Type 2 diabetes, so I need to be aware of the carb amounts in our meals.  On the other hand, I have stacks and stacks and stacks of magazines.  They take up a lot of room and I could cook something different every day from now until forever with just the magazines I have in these stacks.  What would you guys do?

This recipe is from Cooking Light, April 2008.

No substitutions were made.

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Honey Apple Cake

Cake:
1 c quick-cooking oats
1 c hot water
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 c packed light brown sugar
3/4 c chunky applesauce
1/3 c honey
2 large eggs
cookingn spray

Frosting:
1/4 c butter
1/3 c packed light brown sugar
1/4 c honey
1/2 c coarsely chopped almonds

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To prepare the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine oats and hot water in a small bowl; set aside.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.  In a medium bowl: combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  In the bowl of a stand mixer: combine brown sugar, applesauce, honey and eggs; beat on high for 1 minute.  Add oat mixture; beat on low until well blended.  Add half of flour mixture in two halves, combining well each time.

Spoon batter into an 11×7 baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 for 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Place dish on a wire rack.  If you don’t have an 11×7 baking dish, you can sub a 9″ square baking dish.

To prepare the frosting:

Preheat broiler.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add brown sugar and honey; cook 2 minutes, or until bubbly, stirring constantly.  Stir in almonds.  Quickly pour frosting over cake, spreading evenly.

Broil cake 1 minute or until frosting is bubbly and golden.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Serve with shipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon.

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cartoon-strawberry-9I love everything about this dense, sticky-sweet cake.  But it tastes like fall, so it feels a little out of place for dessert in early May.  I’m thinking this will be perfect come mid October when the leaves start to change.

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