2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. each, ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, nutmeg
1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup water
1 stick melted butter
1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
Set oven at 350 F.
Grease two 8 or 9 inch cake pans, line with waxed or parchment paper, grease paper.
Beat all ingredients together in large bowl on low speed till blended, Then beat on high speed about 3 minutes. Pour into pans.
Bake about 50 minutes till wooden pick come out clean. Cool ten minutes then remove from pan. Cool completely before frosting.
Browned Butter Frosting
as you can see in the picture, this doesn't make quite enough to cover the sides. I used orange marmalade between the layers. If you wanted frosting there too, I'd suggest doubling the recipe.
Heat 1/3 cup butter over medium heat till delicate brown. Off heat, mix in 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and about 2 tablespoons of milk till smooth and spreadable.