Applesauce Cake

 

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Applesauce Cake is a rich cake flavored with cinnamon, sugar, applesauce, walnuts, and raisins, and topped with a luscious layer of cream cheese icing.
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Table of Contents
  1. Applesauce Cake Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Applesauce Cake Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Applesauce cake is a moist and tender spice cake flavored with the perfect amount of spices. This favorite old-fashioned dessert is made with applesauce, raisins, and walnuts, and topped with a velvety layer of cream cheese icing. Enjoy a slice for dessert or even breakfast. 

If you love this spiced Applesauce Cake you’ll also want to make Applesauce Cookies, Caramel Apple Spice Cake Crisp, or baked apple donuts

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Applesauce Cake Ingredients

You will need:

Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cinnamon applesauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Substitutions and Additions

ADD-INS: You could add chocolate chips, oatmeal, coconut, carrots, or pumpkin to this tasty moist cake. It’s also delish with just a dash of ginger added. 

RAISINS: Sultana or golden raisins would both work fine in this sweet cake recipe. 

How to Make This Applesauce Cake Recipe

For the Cake

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350°F.

STEP TWO: In a small bowl, pour the milk and place the raisins in the milk. Let them sit while preparing the rest of the cake.

STEP THREE: Prepare a 9×13-inch pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and spraying with nonstick spray.

STEP FOUR: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.

cake ingredients added to a bowl

STEP FIVE: In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until mixed.

STEP SIX: Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed together.

eggs and vanilla whisked into the butter mixture

STEP SEVEN: Add the dry ingredients slowly to the butter and sugar mixture and beat just until combined.

dry ingredients whisked into the butter mixture

STEP EIGHT: Add the applesauce and mix on low just until combined.

apple sauce whisked into the cake batter mixture

STEP NINE: Add the raisins and milk mixture and the walnuts and mix until just combined.

raisin milk mixture and walnuts blended into the cake batter mixture

STEP TEN: Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

cake after being baked in a cake pan

STEP ELEVEN: Once the cake has cooled, frost with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

For the Frosting

PRO TIP: If you want to skip the frosting, you could sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar instead.

STEP TWELVE: In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

PRO TIP: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your frosting.

cream cheese and butter in a bowl

STEP THIRTEEN: Add the powdered sugar and beat on low until powdered sugar is mostly mixed in.

powdered sugar blended into the cream cheese mixture

STEP FOURTEEN: Add cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix on medium speed until all smooth and creamy.

frosting ingredients blended into the cream cheese mixture

STEP FIFTEEN: Once the cake has cooled, use an offset or rubber spatula to frost the top of the cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

PRO TIP: You could also bake this simple recipe in a bundt cake pan, a loaf pan, or make them as muffins!

cake frosted with the cinnamon cream cheese frosting

How to Serve

Enjoy your deliciously spiced Applesauce Cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce on top. This sweet cake would be tasty with a warm cup of apple cider or homemade pumpkin spice latte. A lovely cake for a special occasion or a get-together with friends. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Since the frosting has cream cheese in it, we’d recommend storing any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: I would suggest freezing the cake by itself before topping it with the frosting. Add the icing after thawing, before serving. It will store in a well-wrapped, freezer-safe container for two to three months.

close up shot of a cake with a slice missing

Applesauce Cake is rich and irresistible, flavored with cinnamon, sugar, applesauce, walnuts, and raisins. The moist cake is topped with a luscious layer of homemade cream cheese icing. Simple to make, the warm spices make this classic cake a cozy treat that’s a family favorite. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t find cinnamon applesauce in the store? 

We would suggest using plain unsweetened applesauce and then adding two extra teaspoons of cinnamon in place of the cinnamon applesauce.

Can I freeze this homemade cake? 

This delicious applesauce cake freezes well although we would recommend freezing it unfrosted and waiting to add the frosting until you are ready to serve.

Can I store this cake on the counter? 

Since the frosting contains cream cheese, we’d recommend keeping the cake in the fridge.

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close up shot of a slice of cake on a plate with a fork

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce Cake is a rich cake flavored with cinnamon, sugar, applesauce, walnuts, and raisins, and topped with a luscious layer of cream cheese icing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cinnamon applesauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, pour the milk and place the raisins in the milk. Let them sit while preparing the rest of the cake.
  • Prepare a 9×13-inch pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and spraying with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until mixed.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed together.
  • Add the dry ingredients slowly to the butter and sugar mixture and beat just until combined.
  • Add the applesauce and mix on low just until combined.
  • Add the raisins and milk mixture and the walnuts and mix until just combined.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Once the cake has cooled, frost with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and beat on low until powdered sugar is mostly mixed in.
  • Add cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and mix on medium speed until all smooth and creamy.
  • Once the cake has cooled, use an offset or rubber spatula to frost the top of the cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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Notes

  • You could also bake this simple recipe in a bundt cake pan, a loaf pan, or make them as muffins!
  • If you want to skip the frosting, you could sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar instead.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your frosting.

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