Applesauce Cake

This Applesauce Cake is one of those recipes that you can make in a hurry with stuff that’s presumably sitting in your pantry. But the end result is so delicious, you can even serve it to company– as I have in the past, and trust me, it was gone in minutes.

I always have applesauce sitting in my pantry because it makes a great substitute for fat in baking– I usually substitute it for part of the fat, and not all, because it does tend to make the texture of baked goods really tender. And while some tenderness is good, too much can make the cake or cookie fall apart.

Anyway, I am always in a hurry to use up the applesauce once I’ve opened a bottle because otherwise it tends to go bad pretty fast. I don’t love to eat it by itself since I am no longer two years old nor toothless (yet), but when I bake it into this easy cake, it is quite a treat.

I usually make this cake with whole-wheat pastry flour but this time I was out, so I made it with all-purpose instead. There’s almost no difference in the taste, although I do prefer the whole-wheat pastry flour version for obvious health reasons. I also use unsweetened applesauce, and flavor the cake with tons of spices.

So here’s the recipe. If you adore quick and easy fruit-based cakes, you might want to also look at my banana cake (one of my favorites!) and my orange cake.

Enjoy, everyone!

Applesauce Cake

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp of ground spices– I used a combination of green cardamom seeds, cinnamon, all-spice and cloves. You can also add nutmeg, and vary the combination of spices per your taste.

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and add the spices. Whisk to mix together.

In a separate bowl, place:

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup canola or other flavorless vegetable oil

Beat for a minute with a hand-mixer or in a stand mixer or with a whisk to combine.

In a small bowl combine:

1 1/2 tsp egg replacer + 2 tbsp warm water.

Add the egg replacer mix to the oil-sugar mixture in the bowl and mix.

Add 1 cup applesauce to the bowl and whisk in until combined.

Now add the flour slowly, and combine well. If you are using a motorized mixer, do not overbeat because you don’t want the cake to toughen. However, your batter should be smooth, and not lumpy like pancake batter.


1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted (for 2 minutes in a microwave) and chopped

Mix together and pour the batter into a greased and floured standard loaf pan.

Bake 50-55 minutes in a 350-degree preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a rack for about 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edges, unmold, and continue to cool on a rack. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

The cake, once baked, has a wonderfully rich brown color that sometimes makes some guests wonder whether it has chocolate in it.

I am sending on this applesauce cake to Mansi who’s hosting Sugar High Fridays this month, with the theme of Fruit and Nut. Thanks, Mansi!
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17 thoughts on “Applesauce Cake

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    June 11, 2009 at 7:05pm

    Wow thats looking so wonderful and moist vaishali.. really tempting.. wish to have a slice.

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    June 11, 2009 at 7:36pm

    I did see some recipes where applesauce was used instead of butter…this cake looks very delicious…so moist :)

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    June 11, 2009 at 7:41pm

    Wowow applesauce cake looks fabulous, soft, moist and delicious Vaishali!

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    June 11, 2009 at 8:23pm

    Oh what a fabulous cake Vaishali! Looks so spongy and delectable! I too thought you had added chocolate until I went thru the recipe. Awesome!

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    June 11, 2009 at 8:40pm

    This looks scrumptious! I made banana & rhubarb-oats-whole wheat muffins y’day. Everything went well until I realized I hadn’t greased the cup cake liners :( sob sob.

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    June 12, 2009 at 1:56am

    Cake looks delicious. I’ve all the ingredients in my pantry. I’m going to make it soon.

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    June 12, 2009 at 2:58am

    Applesauce in place of fat?! Wow! Who wouldn’t love it. ;-)
    That cake does sound so quick and easy to make Vaishali…. and looks wonderful. :-)

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    June 12, 2009 at 1:54pm

    Tats a lovely cake.. It is absolutely mouthwatering.. Going to try it asap.

    First time to ur blog and you have a very nice space here. Keep it going. :)

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    June 12, 2009 at 11:41pm

    Going by the color, I thought that it would have chocolate in it. It looks very nice.:)

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    June 13, 2009 at 2:37am

    Girl…you cook up a lot of cakes…and make me too..Im gonna blame you for all the pounds I put on ;) .. Im just kidding…but I am on my way to creating all those cakes from your archives :)

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    June 17, 2009 at 7:23pm

    Hi Vaishali :)

    thanks for this recipe. The cake was Delicious! I tried this past weekend, it was so easy to make and the results was so tasty that i had to force myself to stop eating it :).
    I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I used black cardamom (and added some nutmeg, I really like it) and toasted some hazelnuts in the preheated oven (only a few minutes and they’re done). I’m so excited that this turned out so good that I will try your orange and banana cakes very soon!


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    Alpana Deo

    March 6, 2014 at 3:27am

    Vaishali, this cake looks so delicious and tempting too..:) I will definitely try it soon.

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