Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Glaze

The sweet cinnamon apple together with the buttery note of the browned butter glaze is the perfect treat in this chilly Autumn weather.  Serve Applesauce Teacakes warm and get cozy with a cup of coffee, tea or even apple cider.    

Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Frosting |

For what I’m about to tell you, don’t cringe, ok?

I know you have it, I think we all do.  We have that one thing – typically sitting in a jar or some plastic container all the way in the back with everything in front, hiding it.  That one thing in the back of the refrigerator that you forgot you had, for YEARS!  *gasp*

Yes, I have it too.  This was my applesauce.  I promise you, I’m not that gross.  But sometimes I or what I would like to believe, “we” forget some of the things we have purchased so long ago.  I always see it when I go through my weekly restock of the fridge but I found no need for it.  I always checked the expiration, still good, so I put it back.  In the same spot.  And I kept telling myself as I continued to stock my butter, my eggs, and my herbs, “I better use that thing.  I better use it soon before it goes bad.”

At this point, I would like to say, “Yay for preservatives!”

Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Frosting |

I assure you, this applesauce of mine is still good.  No new visitors in there I promise you.  BUT, if there were and I couldn’t see it, I’m pretty sure it was killed it as it baked.  Ha! I’m just joking well, not really.

Are you still here?

If you stayed, you have a brave soul.  Or maybe I’m the one with the brave soul for telling you the secrets that goes on in my fridge.  In any case, trust me, I’m still alive to tell the story and I’m perfectly fine.  Hope you had a little chuckle – minus the cringe.

Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Frosting |

Although I’ve had my applesauce since my dorming days of college (yea you read that right), this didn’t stop me from stuffing my face with these itsy bitsy bundts that I like to call, teacakes.

Doesn’t the word teacake just sound lovely?  Kinda fancy, right?  But what was even more lovely was its flavor and texture.

From the moment I took my first bite, instantly I was floored.  Amazed at how tender it was.  Never expected it.  Probably one of the most tender cakes I have had in a long time.  The applesauce gave the perfect amount moisture and sweet apple flavor to the cake.  To top it off, the brown butter glaze then took it up a notch.  To a whole new level!  The glaze remains still when dried but is soft when bitten into.  The buttery note and aroma of the cinnamon apple is simply perfect for this time of year.

Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Frosting |
Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Frosting |
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Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Glaze

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  • Author: URBAN BAKES
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian



The sweet cinnamon apple together with the buttery note of the browned butter glaze is the perfect treat in this chilly Autumn weather.  Serve it warm and get cozy with a cup of coffee, tea or even apple cider.    


Units Scale


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 24 teaspoons milk
  • ground cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom and sides of each (12-count) mini bundt wells with baking spray or grease and flour; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat until butter begins to turn brown in color, about 2 to 3 minutes. Watch carefully to not burn the butter. Once ready, immediately remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl. Mix in applesauce and vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix in applesauce mixture until just blended. Spoon batter into each mini bundt well about 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes.
  5. To remove, carefully flip baking pan upside-down onto a plate or gently guide an angled spatula or butterknife around the edge of the teacakes to remove from its well. Allow teacakes to further cool on a wire rack.
  6. Meanwhile, brown butter as in Step 2. Transfer browned butter into a small bowl and whisk in confectioners sugar and 2 teaspoons of milk until smooth. If glaze is too thick add an additional teaspoon of milk one at time mixing in between each addition.
  7. If necessary, trim bottom of teacakes to ensure they lye flat.
  8. Spoon glaze along the top of each teacake allowing glaze to run down the sides. Sprinkle with cinnamon.


If glaze begins to thicken while you are still working on the teacakes, add an additional teaspoon of milk and mix between each addition.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Cuisine: American

Applesauce Teacakes with Brown Butter Glaze recipe was adapted from here.

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