Applesauce Cake Recipe

Looking to get rid of apples or just need a naturally tasty cake? Let’s try applesauce cake to save the day!

Applesauce cake - SunCakeMomStarting something new, far from the known, is not a piece of cake.

Many of us have problems merely with trying something new for breakfast, let alone leaving our comfortable life behind for dubious gains and certain hardship.

Sure, nowadays going abroad for work is not the same as it was when the first pilgrims set foot in the New World but there are many difficulties to overcome. Learning a language (where applicable), different way of life (soccer is called football) or simply food resourcing (losing our favorite locally available snack), all can be a challenge even when moving between States, let alone a completely foreign environment.

No wonder, not many people are willing to swap their fairly comfortable life for such adventures even if their life isn’t nearly as glamorous as they would like it to be.

With most of us, making a change for the unknown with dubious outcomes is worth much less than having something inconvenient but with predictable results. Not to mention if that bad something provides so much joy and excitement like alcohol, tobacco or sugar does.

Unfortunately, the long-term effect of such additive substances aren’t among the easiest subjects to comprehend though. It’s not like we aren’t capable of understanding that any of the above three could cause cancer or sugar destroys our teeth, but we couldn’t care less about it now.

Our brain is not made for long term thinking. We were made to survive the day and live through the moments. The fact, that we evolved and developed abstract thinking or we are able to think about our future, doesn’t mean that we can relate to it as much as to our present.

Fun fact that we all know that one day we are going to die but our brain is in constant denial of our own mortality. We see deadly illnesses or simply death as something that only happens to others and not with us, once we realize that we are indeed mortals, we become giraffe in the quicksand.

Without suffering and pain, we don’t really make things to our own. It’s not a coincidence that we instinctively fear anything with sharp teeth or anything with bright eyes in the surrounding darkness. The instant feedback of pain and the existential peril of our species has burnt such information into our DNA, and we were all born with natural reservation against such threats.

Once the risks aren’t so imminent, we are more likely to relax on guard. Just think about the countless life required to learn which mushrooms are edible at which part of the year and that’s only a couple of hours behind the imminent pain necessary for us not to touch them at all.

Having something that provides instant pleasure, yet harms us on the much longer period of time, is way harder to truly comprehend and probably impossible for our instinctive brain part to adapt to.

Judging by past human activities, we’ve never really tried to resist to. It seems that sugar cane is the largest crop by production quantity with Brazil, accounting for 40% of the world total. It’s pretty astounding, given that sugar cane is not native to Brazil at all.

When the first settlers arrive to the shores of the Americas, they probably didn’t think of changing the whole face of the Earth in such ways and in evolutionary terms such a short period of time.

Especially not when the first pilgrim settlers arrived on the Mayflower and levitated between life and death for months until some good hearted locals showed them the way of life in the New World.

To the celebration of their first successful harvest, a feast was held that we know today as the Thanksgiving, filled with dishes indigenous to the Americas like turkey, potatoes, squash, corn green beans, cranberries, and pumpkin pies.

Applesauce cake didn’t make it for the feast, yet this didn’t hold the pilgrims back of making it every time they had the chance of having some apples around.

Without them we couldn’t enjoy such a great naturally sugar free dessert that over they years we pumped up with unnecessary sweeteners. Once we get rid of sugar addiction though, we don’t need to add at any sweetener to the cake at all to enjoy it. Except if we can’t resist spreading cream cheese frosting on top.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Apple sauce

Making apple sauce is easy but buying it is easier. Applesauce cake needs about 2 cups / 500g Applesauce.

  • 2 lb / 500g Apple
  • ½ cup / 125ml Water
  • ½ / 10g Lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon / 15ml Lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon / 2.5g Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon / 2.5g Salt

Applesauce cake

  • 3 tablespoon / 50g Butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 pieces / 110g Eggs
  • 2 cups / 500g Applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon / 5ml Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon / 7g Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt
  • 2 teaspoon / 5g Cinnamon
  • 300g Flour
  • Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger (ground)
  • ½ teaspoon / 1.25g Nutmeg (ground)
  • ¼ teaspoon / 1.25 Allspice (ground) (highly recommended)

Frosting (optional)

  • ¾ cup / 150g Creme cheese
  • ¼  cup / 50g Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon / 4ml Vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons / 15g Honey or sweetener of choice to taste

Kitchen utensils

  • Ø8½” / Ø21cm Spring baking form

How to make Applesauce cake

Apple sauce

  1. Peel, core and slice up the apples.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  2. Pour water into a pot then add the apples, lemon peel, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  3. Place a lid on, bring it to boil. Reduce heat and cook apples until soft, for about 30 minutes.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  4. Remove the lemon peel then puree the apples with an immersion blender.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Applesauce cake

  1. With an electric mixer cream butter. If creaming is not an option melt it or simply use vegetable oil.Creamy butter 1 - SunCakeMom
  2. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. If the butter stays in lumps here and there, don’t worry about.Beat-egg-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  3. Add the apple sauce and vanilla extract. Beat in salt, cinnamon and any optional ingredients like ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Allspice is highly recommended as it gives the cake a completely different character.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  4. Beat in the flour in batches and finally the baking soda. It’s important to add baking soda at the end, without delay pour the batter into a baking form then place it into the preheated oven, otherwise the cake won’t raise.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  5. Pour the batter into our favorite springform. In case our trust is waning in the nonstick coating, just line it with parchment paper.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  6. Place the batter into the middle rack of a 360°F / 180°C preheated oven until golden brown spots start to appear on top, about 30 minutes.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Frosting

If not into cream cheese try the tastiest Buttercream frostings!

  1. Whisk cream cheese until creamy. Add Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice.Cream-cheese-gp-1-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  1. Level the top of the cake if necessary by cutting it off. Hide in a cozy corner and test if the cake will be okay with the cream. Adjust the flavor of the cream to complement the cake.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  2. Spread the cream on top, possibly evenly. Keep the cake in the fridge until serving.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

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Applesauce Cake Recipe

Looking to get rid of apples or just need a naturally tasty cake? Let's try applesauce cake to save the day!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 230kcal
Author SunCakeMom

Equipment

  • Ø8½" / Ø21cm Spring baking form

Ingredients

Apple sauce
  • 1 lb Apple
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ / 10 g Lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
Applesauce cake
  • 3 tablespoons Butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 pieces Eggs
  • 2 cups Applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • cups Flour
  • Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger ground
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Allspice ground (highly recommended)
Frosting (optional)
  • 1⅓ cup Creme cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Honey or sweetener of choice to taste

Instructions

Apple sauce

  • Peel, core and slice up the apples.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Pour water into a pot then add the apples, lemon peel, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Place a lid on, bring it to boil. Reduce heat and cook apples until soft, for about 30 minutes.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Remove the lemon peel then puree the apples with an immersion blender.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Applesauce cake

  • With an electric mixer cream butter. If creaming is not an option melt it or simply use vegetable oil.
    Creamy butter 1 - SunCakeMom
  • Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. If the butter stays in lumps here and there, don't worry about.
    Beat-egg-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Add the apple sauce and vanilla extract. Beat in salt, cinnamon and any optional ingredients like ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Allspice is highly recommended as it gives the cake a completely different character.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Beat in the flour in batches and finally the baking soda. It's important to add baking soda at the end, without delay pour the batter into a baking form then place it into the preheated oven, otherwise the cake won't raise.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Pour the batter into our favorite springform. In case our trust is waning in the nonstick coating, just line it with parchment paper.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Place the batter into the middle rack of a 360°F / 180°C preheated oven until golden brown spots start to appear on top, for about 30 minutes.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Frosting

  • Whisk cream cheese until creamy. Add Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice.
    Cream-cheese-gp-1-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  • Level the top of the cake if necessary by cutting it off. Hide in a cozy corner and test if the cake will be okay with the cream. Adjust the flavor of the cream to complement the cake.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Spread the cream on top, possibly evenly. Keep the cake in the fridge until serving.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 230kcal (12%) | Carbohydrates: 33g (11%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fat: 9g (14%) | Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg (10%) | Sodium: 467mg (20%) | Potassium: 147mg (4%) | Fiber: 2g (8%) | Sugar: 10g (11%) | Vitamin A: 374IU (7%) | Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) | Calcium: 44mg (4%) | Iron: 2mg (11%)

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