Saturday, April 21, 2012

Applesauce Cake

I made some Applesauce sometime back and really needed to use up that jar before they become "unusable"! This Applesauce was meant for a bar recipe but somehow never came round to make it! Yikes!! So that jar has been sitting in my fridge for weeks.

Applesauce Cake

Homemade Applesauce

I looked through my many cookbooks, and finally settled on this cake, just because it is absolutely easy, quick and a breeze to make! I'm feeling a little bit lazy that afternoon! 

It all takes about 2 minutes of mixing the ingredients! Seriously, just 2 minutes! And the result is a delightful, delicious cake! I did reduce the amount of spices calls for, as we like just a hint of the fragrance from the spices. As usual, I reduced the sugar to slightly less than a cup, since my applesauce is lightly sweetened, and it works out just right. You could however, use storebought unsweetened applesauce. And I used a square 10" pan for this cake.

This is one lovely cake, the texture is soft, tender and moist! The original recipe comes with the frosting of Cinnamon Icing which I skipped, as I think it is perfect just as it is! 

I'm sharing this with :
Cookbook Sundays hosted by Couscous & Consciousness
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon Icing
(adapted from "Piece of Cake!" by Camilla V. Saulsbury)
Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
13 by 9-inch (33 by 23cm) metal baking pan, sprayed with nonstick baking spray with flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar (I use slightly less than 1 cup)
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I use 1/2 teaspoon)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (omit this as I use salted butter)
1/2 tsp ground allspice (I use 1/4 tsp)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups, unsweetened applesauce, divided
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
Cinnamon icing

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and allspice.
  2. Add eggs, 1/2 cup (125ml) of the applesauce, butter and vanilla to flour mixture. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat for 1 minute, until blended. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl with a spatula. Add the remaining applesauce and beat on medium speed for 1 minute, until just blended. Gently stir in raisins.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Spread icing in a thin layer over top of cooled cake.
Cinnamon Icing
Makes 1-1/4 cups
2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar (icing sugar)
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together until blended and smooth. Use immediately.

Storage :
Store the iced cake, loosely wrapped in foil or waxed paper, at room temperature, for up to 3 days. Alternatively, wrap the cooled, un-iced cake in plastic wrap, then foil, completely enclosing cake, and freeze for up to 6 months. Let cake thaw at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours before icing and serving.


  1. Hey Joyce, this sound yummy . Something new for me to try out ;)

  2. Looks delicious! Want to have a bite

  3. The cake looks very moist. I guess because of the applesauce.

    1. Hi Anuja,
      Yes, the cake is moist due to the applesauce.!

      Hi Abby,
      Hope you really try it out, it is good!

      Hi Gloria,
      Thank you!

      Hi Follow foodie,
      I could send one across cyberspace!! :0) Thanks for dropping by!

  4. I love the color of your cake! So golden!

  5. eileen@hundred eighty degreesSaturday, April 21, 2012

    Wow, this looks awesome! Soft and Moist, I like it!

    1. Hi LoveforFood,
      This is great with a cup of tea!

      Hi yummychunklet,
      Colour from the applesauce!

      Hi Eileen,
      Yes, these are soft and moist, thanks to the applesauce!

  6. I have heard of apple sauce as the new butter - it looks simply stunningly moist :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. lovely cake... it looks so perfect.. love the flavours too
    Noel collections

  8. Delicious looking cake. Pics are wonderful.

    1. Hi Choc Chip Uru
      Apple sauce and apple butter, both are really nice! Thank you for stopping by!

      Hi Chandrani,
      This cake is really moist, soft and delicious. Try it sometime!

      Hi Reshmi,
      Thank you for stopping by!

      Hi Hamaree Rasoi,
      Thank you!

  9. A perfectly dense and moist cake for coffee!

  10. Hi Joyce, this the kind of cakes that makes bachelors start thinking of marriage, ha ha ha. Very impressive, Joyce.
    It really looks sinfully delicious, and can see the moist is just nice.
    One spoonful in mouth can see moon come up!
    Holy Smoke, I'm glad old days I did not cross paths with someone like you, or else habis cherita!

    This the kind of cake makes a man look at you, not the cake.
    Why? He's impressed! Just like I am, and your this fantastic cake brought you to mind I'd like to give you....
    a cake called, 'One night with you". *wink*.

    Joyce, here's recipe for you.
    FOR THE CAKE: 'One night with you'.

    3 cups flour
    2 cups sugar
    1/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa powder
    1 cup Crisco Oil
    2 eggs
    1 cup Buttermilk
    1 cup Hot tap water
    2 teaspoons Soda
    1 teaspoon Salt
    1 teaspoon Vanilla

    The amazing thing about this cake recipe, is that you put all the ingredients in your bowl at the same time. Using a hand mixer, blend the ingredients until well mixed.

    Don’t over blend, a few small lumps are fine. Before putting in your pans, grease & flour them. Once you have added the cake mixture, tap them lightly on the top of a table or cabinet, to release any air bubbles.
    Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

    ( always double this)

    1 cup evaporated Milk (like Sego)
    1 cup sugar
    3 egg yolks
    1/4 cup butter or margarine
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/4 cups Coconut
    1 cup chopped nuts
    *I use pecans or sliced Almonds

    Whisk your evaporated milk & egg yolks together, making sure that egg yolk is well blended in. Place the evaporated milk and egg yolk mixture, sugar and butter in a medium size saucepan.
    Whisk entire mixture together until very well blended.
    Cook, stirring constantly over med. heat for about 12 minutes, or until frosting has thickened. Add Coconut, Vanilla & nuts, and spread over COOLED cake.

    Send me telegram if you do try this to have the picture too, put in my blog....
    I put title, "One night with you, Joyce". Ha ha ha.
    Have fun, keep a song in your heart.

  11. Holy smoke, Uncle Lee, such a lovely comment, making me blush, blush! And with recipe too! Printing out the recipe in a short while, will definitely try this out and will tele you when it's ready!! Thank you, Uncle Lee!

  12. Agreed with Uncle Lee, your cake looks really moist indeed! Would love to try this but do not have apple sauce and don't want to make it and let it seat in the fridge for weeks too lol!

  13. does it taste like apple jam? oops..i never even tried apple jam..dont know how it taste like but your cake looks fabulous expecially the top crust!

    1. Hi Lena,
      Yes, it taste a little like apple jam, though it is not as thick as jam.

      Hi Jeannie,
      You could buy ready-made apple butter, sold in jars!

  14. Cake looks super moist and utterly delicious.

  15. Hi Joyce,it looks so perfect.. !!!!So golden,wonderful!!!!!!

  16. What a perfect picture of a perfect cake!

  17. What a delicious cake! You know, i totally forget about apple sauce and I'm always so happy when I have it on that rare occasion. This is looks moist and fabulously delicious :)

  18. Your simple cake sounds great. Having an apple orchard, I'm always looking for new ways to use apples.

  19. Joyce:
    2 minutes! This is the easiest cake recipes that I've seen so far! Thanks!

  20. Good Morning Joy,
    I would just love a nice slice of your awesome Applesauce Cake to have with my morning coffee. This is a great recipe that has wonderful flavor and it looks so moist, yum! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. Oh Joyce, please save a piece for me! I would love to have it for my breakfast tomorrow! Haha! The cake looks so moist and delicious!

  22. I love it!A must try since I am a huge fun of everyrhing that has to do with apples!Have a lovely week,dear!

  23. It looks so moist and delicious! I'm sure it tasted wonderful too with that homemade applesauce.

  24. Hi Priya, Thank you!

    Hi Elenis, Thank you!

    Hi Emily, Thank you, Your pound cake sure looks good!

    Hi PS, Go get a jar of apple sauce, and make this moist cake, you'll love it!

    Hi Karen, Thank you for stopping by! An apple orchard, I'm green with envy...!! It's my dream of having a fruit and vegetable farm!

    Hi Jessie, Yup, you got it right, the easiest cake and delicious too!

    Hi Miz Helen, It's always a pleasure to be part of FPT!

    Hi Jasline, Wish I could! Thank you!

    Hi Julie, Thank you!

    Hi Lenia, I hope you will give this a try, you will like it even if you are not a fan of apples!

    Hi Susan, This is a really moist cake. I guess homemade applesauce does really make a whole lot of difference!

  25. Joyce, this looks very good - very moist from the photos.

  26. Awesome cake! Looks so moist and yummy. Wish I was your next door neighbor to have opportunity to taste such yummy recipes.


  27. Hello Joyce! I am a sucker for applesauce cake, this one sure sounds yummy!

  28. Delicious and what a super texture to the cake, looks so moist..