Applesauce cake is a delightful treat that has been cherished for generations. It gained popularity among health-conscious bakers for its use of applesauce as a natural sweetener and fat substitute. This classic cake offers a moist texture and rich flavor without the guilt, making it a favorite for those who love baking but also value healthy eating.

applesauce cake

Ingredients You'll Need

Before you start, gather the following ingredients. We've included healthier substitutes to make your applesauce cake even more nutritious:

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (or gluten-free flour for a GF option)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Batter:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Grease and flour a 9x9-inch baking pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well.
  4. In another bowl, beat the eggs, then add the applesauce, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. If you're adding nuts or raisins, fold them into the batter gently.

Achieving the Right Consistency:

The batter should be thick but pourable. If it's too thick, add a tablespoon of water or milk to achieve the desired consistency.

Baking Tips

  • Oven Temperature: Always preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) for even baking.
  • Pan Sizes: This recipe works well in a 9x9-inch pan, but you can also use a loaf pan or muffin tins. Adjust the baking time accordingly.
  • Baking Time: Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. For muffins, check them at 18-20 minutes.

Optional Add-Ins

Personalize your applesauce cake with these delicious add-ins:

  • Nuts: Walnuts, pecans, or almonds add a delightful crunch.
  • Raisins or Dried Cranberries: For a burst of sweetness.
  • Spices: Add an extra pinch of ginger or cardamom for a unique twist.

Serving and Storage

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve your applesauce cake warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a drizzle of honey. It's also delicious with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Storage: Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. For longer freshness, refrigerate for up to a week or freeze individual slices for up to three months.

Health Benefits

Using applesauce in your baking brings several health benefits:

  • Reduced Fat and Calories: Applesauce is a healthy substitute for oil or butter, lowering the fat and calorie content.
  • Natural Sweetness: It adds natural sweetness, reducing the need for added sugars.
  • Fiber and Nutrients: Applesauce boosts the fiber content and provides essential vitamins like vitamin C.


Baking an applesauce cake is not only a delicious endeavor but also a step towards healthier eating. We hope this guide inspires you to share the joy of baking with others and enjoy the delightful flavors of this wholesome treat. Happy baking!

Don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media using #HealthyBakingWithApplesauce!


This guide aims to provide all the information you need to create a delicious and healthy applesauce cake while engaging and inspiring our health-conscious baking community.

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