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Applesauce Cake

Applesauce cake is an incredibly tasty cake flavored with applesauce and your favorite fall spices. It’s loaded with raisins and walnuts for more texture, to boot!

This cake is ultra-fluffy, but thanks to the applesauce, it’s also ridiculously moist. With its perfectly balanced flavors and textures, this cake has it all!

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Cake with Walnuts and Raisins

Best of all, it’s so easy to make. All you’ll need is one bowl. And once it’s in the oven, the aroma is to die for!

Looking for a delicious, hearty, and cozy cake that’s also a breeze to make? Applesauce cake is the answer.

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce cake may be excellent for autumn, but it’s also perfect all-year-round.

I mean, how can you resist the flavors of apples, cinnamon, and cloves in a soft, fluffy, and moist cake?

Apart from flavor, applesauce also makes the cake unbelievably moist. It’s an ingredient you’ll want to substitute in other cakes, too!


  • Butter or Margarine – This adds moisture and richness to the cake. A mild-flavored oil such as vegetable or coconut oil works too.
  • Granulated Sugar – For a perfectly sweet cake. You can also use brown sugar for a deeper flavor and a moister cake.
  • Applesauce – Unlike other ingredients that you’ll want to use at room temperature, the applesauce has to be chilled for this recipe.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour is best, but you can also use whole wheat flour for a healthier cake. The cake will still be nice and fluffy. 
  • Baking Soda – The leavening agent in charge of making the batter rise into a super-fluffy cake. 
  • Ground Cinnamon and Cloves – For that warming autumn flavor. You can’t go wrong with the flavor combination of apples, cinnamon, and cloves!
  • Raisins – For more sweetness and chewy texture contrast.
  • Walnuts – For that wonderful crunch.

Tips for the Best Cake

  • This recipe calls for creaming the butter and sugar. This process is required to make your applesauce cake rise. 

Beating the ingredients creates air pockets in the batter, which when mixed with the baking soda, causes it to expand. It may sound so technical, but it’s actually easy.

Beat softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until it’s pale yellow and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the sides with a rubber spatula. That’s it! 

  • Use smooth and thick applesauce for the recipe. If yours has chunks in it, blend it in a food processor until smooth.
  • The recipe tells you to grease the pan with butter or margarine and dust it with flour to avoid sticking. But you can also line the pan with parchment paper instead. Leave over-hang on the sides to help you take out the cake from the pan post-baking.
  • Do not over-cook the cake. Check for doneness at the 35-minute mark.
  • Use the toothpick test to check for doneness. Stick a toothpick into the center of the cake. You’ll know it’s done baking if the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Aside from raisins and walnuts, you can also load the cake with chocolate chips. Chocolate makes everything better!
  • Store applesauce cake in a sealable container, with a piece of paper towel on top to keep its moisture. You can leave it on the countertop for up to a week.
  • For a longer shelf-life, store the cake in the freezer instead. Wrap the slices individually with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Place them in Ziplock bags and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • To thaw the frozen cake, place it in the fridge overnight.
Tasty Cake with Raisins and Walnuts

How to Top Applesauce Cake

Applesauce cake is already amazing as it is, but there are ways to dress it up for more flavor and a prettier look. Here are some ideas:

  • Dust it with powdered sugar. It’s so easy, but it adds such a nice charm to the cake. 
  • Drizzle it with honey. Its thick, syrupy consistency adds a nice contrast to the moist and fluffy cake.
  • Top it with sugar glaze for that fantastic festive feel. 

To make, stir together half a cup of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of milk. Once the mixture is smooth and lump-free, drizzle it over the cooled cake.

Wait 15 minutes to dry the glaze and serve. Yum!

  • Slather it with cream cheese frosting for more sweetness and a subtle tangy flavor. 

To make, beat half a cup of butter until pale and fluffy. Beat in 8 ounces of cream cheese until the mixture is smooth. 

Gradually add in 2 to 3 cups of powdered sugar until you get a thick, pipeable frosting. That’s it! So easy.

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Can I Make Applesauce Muffins With This?

Totally! You can use the very same recipe to make muffins.

Just pour the batter into muffin a muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops are golden.

Insert a toothpick into the center to check for doneness. It should come out clean. 

Once baked, let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Applesauce Cake







  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 1 cup 1 granulated sugar

  • 1 cup 1 applesauce, chilled

  • 2 cups 2 all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon 1 baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon 1 ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8-inch square pan with butter or margarine and dust with flour to prevent the cake from sticking.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter or margarine and sugar at medium speed until pale yellow and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. (This process is called creaming the butter and sugar.)
  • Beat in the applesauce until combined. Stir in the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves.
  • Add in the raisins and walnuts.
  • Pour the batter into the greased or lined pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan, about 10 minutes, before slicing. Serve warm. Enjoy!
Applesauce Cake

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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