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Enjoy this super moist cake recipe made with apples sauce and just enough spice.
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Grandma's Applesauce Spice Cake

This delicious, healthy, and guilt-free spice cake is sure to become a part of your dessert cookbook.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Gale Compton


  • 2 1/2 cups flour I used King Arthur's White Whole Wheat
  • 1 2/3 cups 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 inch pieces (I used gala)
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped, optional
  • 1 cup raisins optional
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce natural, 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


  • 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.


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!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 369mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 20g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 13
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 13