Easy Applesauce Cake

Just like grandma used to make, this delicious Easy Applesauce Cake is so satisfying. Applesauce cakes are great for using up pantry staples in your home. In exchange for basic ingredients, you get an amazing spice cake!

Is there anything more amazing than looking in your cupboard and finding ingredients to make a cake? This Easy Applesauce Cake is not only easy, but you most likely have all the ingredients already.

Applesauce is something we usually have on hand because my kids enjoy eating it as a snack. I enjoy eating it as a snack too, when it’s in cake. The next time you go to the store stock up on applesauce because you may need it for making a cake or two. 

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Easy Applesauce Cake with raisins and nuts on a plate

For a long time, baking didn’t sound fun to me because it seemed as though I had to use a ton of ingredients, while baking. Once I realized that you didn’t need a ton of ingredients, things got a lot easier. It’s also easier to put together new recipes when you take the stress of using a lot of products for baking. Let’s get started with this Easy Applesauce Cake and I’ll show you how simple it can be to bake.

Where Did Easy Applesauce Cake Originate From?

Here I was thinking that Easy Applesauce Cake was only something people ate to avoid in taking extra fat and calories in their cake. Nope! Applesauce Cake actually dates back to Colonial times.

Plus, there is even a National Applesauce Cake Day, every year on June 6th. I suppose Easy Applesauce Day could be the most important day of the year! 

Cake with Walnuts and Raisins

Walnuts and raisins are amazing in this Easy Applesauce Cake. They are inexpensive and a great way to add a little more nutrition to this cake.

Walnuts actually have tons of vitamins and minerals. When you consume walnuts, you’re getting vitamin E, vitamin B6, copper, and folic acid.

Raisins also have great nutritional value, they can aid in digestion and help keep your bones strong.

How to Make Easy Applesauce Cake

You can’t just name a cake with the word “easy” and not make it easy. If you’ve never been great at baking cakes or are thinking about whether or not you can cook with applesauce, then this cake is for you!

  • Start by creaming together the butter and sugar. We find it easiest to use a hand mixer for this recipe.
creamed butter and sugar in an mixing bowl
  • Then add the applesauce into the mixture. You can use unsweetened applesauce if you’d like. Or buy cinnamon flavor for an extra cinnamon boost!
cake batter with applesauce on top
  • Once you have the applesauce in there, you’ll add in the flour, baking soda and cloves and mix just until combined. This part is actually kind of fun to do! Mixing ingredients has always been a favorite of mine. Watching the ingredients come together and then knowing this mixture is going to create a cake, it’s fascinating.
ingredients for Easy Applesauce Cake unmixed in a bowl
  • Fold in those walnuts and raisins.
cake batter with raisins and nuts on top
  • You will then want to put the batter into a prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. 
unbaked Easy Applesauce Cake

While this cake may take a while to bake, it’s totally worth every minute of it. You’ll find that this cake tastes super satisfying.

baked Easy Applesauce Cake in 8x8 pan

What can I use instead of frosting?

When you think of cake, your mind probably goes to frosting. But to be honest, some cakes just don’t need frosting. So what can you use instead?

To finish off this cake, you’ll want to sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Bakers do this because it adds a nice little finish to a cake, plus it adds a little sweetness to the cake.

Why Do People Cook With Applesauce?

You may be wondering why people want to cook with applesauce. Aren’t there oil and eggs for a reason? Essentially, there is a lot of fat in butter, eggs, and oil. So, if you’re seeking a healthier alternative, then it makes sense to cook with applesauce. 

People use applesauce to cook muffins, healthy pancakes, cupcakes, and anything else they can think of. It adds flavor and moisture to baked goods.

Is Applesauce Good for You?

Anything in moderation is fairly healthy. Applesauce does have a healthy side though. When you consume applesauce, you’re helping your body with digestion. Sometimes the body needs all the help it can get in that department.

Now I know cake isn’t exactly health food, but it’s nice to think we’re adding good things to our body and enjoying a special treat, too!

More Apple Cake Recipes:

slice of Easy Applesauce Cake on a plate
slice of Easy Applesauce Cake on a plate
slice of Easy Applesauce Cake on a plate

Easy Applesauce Cake

4.43 from 14 votes
Just like grandma used to make, this delicious Easy Applesauce Cake is so satisfying. Applesauce cakes are great for using up pantry staples in your home. In exchange for basic ingredients, you get an amazing spice cake!
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


For the cake:

For dusting the top:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add in the applesauce and mix well.
  • Add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves and mix just until combined.
  • Fold in the walnuts and raisins.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared dish and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Sprinkle with the powdered sugar, cut and serve!


The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 272
Keyword easy cake with applesauce, easy snack cake, easy spice cake
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About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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When do you add the cinnamon?