I made this for my husband's birthday party, and it was a hit, even with little kids, and I was worried about the amount of spice being too much for people, especially kids. I used half natural, unsweetened apple sauce and half oil, and it was plenty moist--no problem with dryness. I was really scared of the amount of spices, but it is a really good, full, robust taste and I'm glad I didn't cut back. I made this in a 9x13 pan, and it was a pretty deep cake; I also found I didn't have to bake the cake for nearly as long as the directions state (probably due to using a 9x13 instead of a tube pan). I topped it with the allspice cream cheese frosting from this site, and it was also really good. The cake is very filling and dense, so you will probably want to cut smaller pieces.
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I made this for my husband's birthday party, and it was a hit, even with little kids, and I...