Pop quiz: What's the meaningful difference between a cake you eat for dessert and a "coffee cake" you eat for breakfast?
Answer: NOT A DAMNED THING.
Get this stuff:
1/2 cup butter, softened (room temperature)1 cup white sugar1 cup chilled applesauce2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 tablespoon vanilla1/4 teaspoon salt1 egg1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/2 cup dried cranberries OR 1/2 cup chopped dates OR 1 diced peeled Granny Smith/Pippin apple OR screw it, add all of theseoptional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Do this stuff:
Cream the butter with the sugar. This means "smoosh the butter and sugar together with the back of a spoon until you have a nice smooth wad of sugahbuttah".Add the applesauce, vanilla and egg; beat well. It's okay to switch arms, don't let anyone shame you about this.In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, salt and spices together. Try to not make a huge mess.Mix the dry ingredients tog