Applesauce Cake

15 servings


30 minutes

active time

2 hours 30 minutes

total time


2 1/4 cups (318 g) all-purpose flour ((scoop and level to measure))

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground allspice

3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (100 g) brown sugar ((break up any clumps with fingertips))

2 large eggs

2 cups (490 g) unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup (175 ml) vegetable oil (or canola oil)

1 tsp vanilla extract

8 oz. cream cheese, (nearly at room temperature)

6 Tbsp (85 g) butter, (soft)

3 cups (360 g) powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract


To make the applesauce cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice for 30 seconds. Make a well in the center and set aside.

To a separate large mixing bowl add granulated sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Using an electric hand mixer beat on medium speed until fairly pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add applesauce, vegetable oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract to sugar mixture and blend with hand mixer until combined.

Pour applesauce mixture into well in flour mixture then gently fold and stir mixture just until there's no longer streaks or pockets of flour. Mixture will be lumpy and that's okay.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Wiggle pan to level batter out even.

Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out free of batter (a moist crumb or two is fine), about 30 to 40 minutes.

Let cake cool on a wire rack (to speed up cooling you can cool in the fridge).

To make the cream cheese frosting: Add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla to a large mixing bowl.

Using an electric hand mixer (with clean beater blades), blend mixture on low speed until combined. Then increase speed to high and whip for several minutes until light and fluffy.

If needed you can freeze the frosting in 3 minute increments, stirring between intervals, until it's firmed up some.

Frost cake with cream cheese frosting then cut into slices.


Serving Size



450 kcal

Total Fat

22 g

Saturated Fat

8 g

Unsaturated Fat

12 g

Trans Fat

1 g


54 mg


292 mg

Total Carbohydrate

62 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

44 g


4 g

15 servings


30 minutes

active time

2 hours 30 minutes

total time
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