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apple sauce cake

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Beth Pierce
Ofallon, MO

New and improved recipe. This delicious and moist Applesauce Cake is made with applesauce, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves all topped with a delicious five-ingredient cinnamon cream cheese frosting. I love to take this cake to potlucks, family reunions, and neighborhood shindigs. It has so much incredible flavor and it is even better the day after it has been baked.

(2 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For apple sauce cake

  • CAKE
  • 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 2 c
  • 2 lg
    eggs room temperature
  • 1 c
    vegetable oil
  • 3/4 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c
    light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c
    chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1 c
    unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese softened
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ c
    powdered sugar

How To Make apple sauce cake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish
  • 2
    In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves.
  • 3
    In a large bowl combine the applesauce, eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • 4
    Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture in several increments mixing just until combined. Fold in the walnuts and pecans if using. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • 5
    Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Move the pan to a wire rack to fully cool.
  • 6
    Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer beat together the butter, cream cheese, cinnamon, and vanilla until light, fluffy and smooth. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the powdered sugar beating until well combined. Scrape down the bowl and beaters as needed.
  • 7
    Spread the frosting on the fully cooled cake. This cake should be refrigerated because of the cream cheese frosting.