An Applesauce Cake recipe that is a moist cake, rich with flavour and stuffed with plump juicy raisins.
A simple cake made with simple ingredients, it’s one of my favorite fall desserts.
Easy recipes are what we’re about with this amazingly moist applesauce cake.
And lovingly wrapped in Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.
You could call it Cinnamon Applesauce Cake.
I baked it in a bundt pan, but you could use a regular 8 x 8 cake pan too.
Now if you are looking for a healthy applesauce cake recipe, you could leave off the cream cheese frosting. But…
It really kinda makes the cake!
I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to our basic cream cheese frosting recipe (we’ve got a video for that!) and it’s really just so good.
I found this recipe in my Grandma’s Recipe Ledger – so it’s certainly a vintage recipe and one that’s been in the family recipe archives for generations.
Frosted with some yummy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting?
Yep, that got your attention didn’t it. It definitely got mine!
So let’s go bake together ok?
Ingredients you will need to bake your own Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake Recipe
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
½ cup molasses
1 ¾ cup sifted all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
1/4 cup ground flax
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup raisins
Want to try something different with an Applesauce Bundt Cake?
Try this cinnamon cream cheese glaze!
- ½ pkg cream cheese
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 4 to 5 tsp vanilla flavoured coffee cream.
Just mix it all up and drizzle it all over your cake. Yum. Yum.
How to make the best Applesauce Cake
Use unsweetened applesauce in a jar – try to get an organic brand. It’s so much easier and has the right texture for cakes.
Measure your flour by using a spoon to fill your measuring cup, then use a knife to level it off.
Then sift it with your other dry ingredients in a medium bowl- baking powder, salt and spices. It’s an extra step, but makes your cakes so much better!
Use a large bowl with a stand mixer to get the butter and sugars well blended – or a hand mixer if that’s what you have. Either one are fine.
I recommend using medium speed to mix them up.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs)
Let your cake cool completely before frosting.
Not sure about how long to bake your cake? Try the lower range of the times given. You can always add a few minutes if your cake isn’t fully baked.
Use a toothpick or wooden skewer to test the centre of your cake. If it comes out clean, then the cake is fully baked and ready to cool on a wire rack.
Cake Baking FAQs
How do you make applesauce cake from scratch?
Use this recipe! It’s one of my Grandma’s favourites, and dates back to the early 1960’s. So easy and versatile, this applesauce cake recipe bakes up into a cake, or makes delicious muffins!
Can I use applesauce instead of oil in a cake?
Yes, absolutely. We use a combination, so that there is less oil, and therefore fewer calories. Our amazing carrot cake recipe uses part applesauce and part oil for a very moist, yummy cake. Just like this applesauce cake recipe.
Does this cake need to be refrigerated?
If you are leaving your cake naked, no frosting, then you can leave it out at room temperature for about three days. If you add our yummy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting then it needs to go in the fridge.
A Delicious Applesauce Cake For You!
Just the wonderful smells from baking this cake will gather everyone in your home! The rich molasses, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg all blend to give you a moist, dense cake. Almost like a pound cake.
This is a perfect cake that is meant to be savored, with friends and family, and a delicious cup of coffee.