Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake

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If you’d like to have a moist cake without all the refined ingredients, give Grandma’s recipe a try. This delicious applesauce cake recipe is a hit with children and adults, and it is one of the best healthy cakes recipes we have in our collection. We’ve taken this traditional recipe favorite and swapped sea salt for table salt, and white flour and white sugar for healthier alternatives.

Dessert often causes a great deal of stress for those trying to maintain a healthy diet. Dessert dishes are usually packed with sugar – it’s what makes them sweet! – and often loaded with saturated fat. Unfortunately, this makes dessert difficult to enjoy if you are concerned about your health or weight. Luckily, we’ve found a few solutions for enjoying dessert without sabotaging your health.

Another option is to choose healthier ingredients when making your desserts. Instead of buying a package of cookies from the supermarket, invest in high quality, healthy ingredients and whip up a batch of your favorite desserts in your own kitchen. This gives you complete control over what you are eating.

Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake

Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake

Yields: 10 servings | Calories: 307 | Total Fat: 12 gm | Saturated Fats: 3 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 26 mg | Sodium: 369 mg | Carbohydrates: 40 gm | Dietary fiber: 8 gm | Sugars: 20 gm | Protein: 3 gm | SmartPoints: 12 |

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I used King Arthur's White Whole Wheat)
  • 1 2/3 cup coconut palm sugar, sucanat works well too
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 sweet apple, cored, peeled and chopped into 1/4" pieces (I used Gala)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups natural applesauce (here's my recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil (I used unrefined coconut oil (melted and cooled slightly), canola oil will also work)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9" x 13" cake pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, whisk well to combine. If using walnuts or raisins, add and toss in with dry ingredients. Set aside dry ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, whisk until combined.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir with a large spoon to incorporate. Pour into cake pan and bake 45 - 50 (check after 45 minutes) minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

This cake is best when completely cooled and even better the next day.

NOTE: Grandma's recipe called for 2 cups white sugar. Of course, I used an unrefined sweetener and reduced the sugar by 1/3 cup. Feel free to reduce it even more, maybe to 1 1/2 cups. Although I think it has just the right amount of sweetness. Since this is a dessert recipe, you can expect it to have some type of sweetener which in turn has added carbs and sugars. This, like any dessert, is meant to be an occasional treat!

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26 Comments on "Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake"

  1. Creaturetchr  August 24, 2012

    Soda? Do you mean baking soda?

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  2. Suzi  May 4, 2013

    Can you tell me if the Weight Watchers Points Plus include the optional ingredients?

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  3. kmello  October 27, 2013

    I want to use raw cane sugar in this recipe how much would i substitute for the coconut palm sugar?

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  4. Audrey  November 1, 2013

    Does the nutrition facts include the walnuts and raisins?

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  5. Patty Morningstar  March 19, 2014

    What if I sub truvia blend sugar?

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    • SkinnyMs  March 25, 2014

      You can just make sure you use the right measure.

      Reply
  6. tweety4me  March 30, 2014

    Trying to get away from wheat any subs you could recommend for the flour?

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    • SkinnyMs  April 2, 2014

      You can make a gluten-free/ wheat free all purpose flour blend: https://skinnyms.com/going-gluten-free-tips-for-gr… – Scroll down the article and there are a couple of recipes. It's best to use a blend of flours to create a gluten free flour. Some brands such as Bobs Red Mill also sell a wheat free all-purpose flour.

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    • SkinnyMs  April 2, 2014

      You can make a gluten-free/ wheat free all purpose flour blend: https://skinnyms.com/going-gluten-free-tips-for-gr… – Scroll down the article and there are a couple of recipes. It's best to use a blend of flours to create a gluten free flour. Some brands such as Bobs Red Mill also sell a wheat free all-purpose flour.

      Reply
    • SkinnyMs  April 2, 2014

      You can make a gluten-free/ wheat free all purpose flour blend: https://skinnyms.com/going-gluten-free-tips-for-gr… – Scroll down the article and there are a couple of recipes. It's best to use a blend of flours to create a gluten free flour. Some brands such as Bobs Red Mill also sell a wheat free all-purpose flour.

      Reply
    • SkinnyMs  April 2, 2014

      You can make a gluten-free/ wheat free all purpose flour blend: https://skinnyms.com/going-gluten-free-tips-for-gr… – Scroll down the article and there are a couple of recipes. It's best to use a blend of flours to create a gluten free flour. Some brands such as Bobs Red Mill also sell a wheat free all-purpose flour.

      Reply
  7. tweety4me  April 3, 2014

    Thanks I was not sure it would come out the same.

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  8. sarit  May 10, 2014

    what is the serving size? Is the calories are per one serving?

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    • SkinnyMs  May 15, 2014

      1 medium sized slice.

      Reply
  9. Shannon  September 16, 2014

    I bet you could swap out the applesauce for pureed pumpkin for another lovely fall treat 🙂

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    • Suzi  October 28, 2014

      Ooh, that sounds like a good idea!

      Reply
  10. Colleen  January 18, 2016

    I just made this awesome recipe using the gluten free version and OMG! It’s so good! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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    • Gale Compton  January 18, 2016

      Colleen, YAH! It’s one of my all time favorites. My grandma would be happy that you enjoyed. Do you mind sharing specifics
      for making it gluten-free?

      Reply
  11. RS  April 9, 2017

    Hey, whats “allspice” in germany??

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    • Gale Compton  April 9, 2017

      Allspice is sometimes referred to as: Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, Turkish yenibahar, or newspice

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  12. Lydia  July 31, 2017

    I used part applesauce and part pureed butternut squash (no oil), and toasted pumpkin seeds and slivered unsulfured dried apricots. Added 1/2 tsp grated ginger. Phenomenal. Thanks for the jumping off point!
    I’ve found that applesauce can almost always be subbed for oil in baked goods. Extra moist!

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    • Gale Compton  July 31, 2017

      Lydia, Oh wow, love your tip! Thanks so much. 🙂

      Reply

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