Apple Spice Cake with Cranberry-Mandarin Compote
Apple butter and applesauce make this spice cake exceptionally moist and tender. The bright berry compote and billowy whipped cream provide perfect counterpoints.
Tip: Think of apple butter as a highly concentrated form of applesauce. It's made by cooking the fruit in cider or water long and slow--to the point where the sugars caramelize, giving the spread its rich flavor, deep color and thick texture.
To make ahead: Refrigerate compote (Step 1) for up to 1 week. Refrigerate whipped cream (Step 5) for up to 1 day.
Equipment: Parchment paper