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Applesauce Spice Cake

My recipe book tells me this recipe for Applesauce Spice Cake originally came from my Auntie Susie, but I'm fairly certain everyone in our family makes it. It has to be one of my favourite cakes of all time. Something about the moist applesauce, flavourful from the spices, add a nice vanilla buttercream...ooooh baby. Yes, it's good with just a little glaze, but a thick buttercream is definitely my favourite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 155kcal


  • 1/2 cup soft butter, olive oil or soft coconut oil
  • 2 cups sugar/coconut sugar, or 1 cup liquid honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • optional-
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, optional
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Grease a pan of your choice. (9x13, bundt pan, 2 dozen cupcakes, or if you want a layer cake, three 8- or 9- inch round pans.)
  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add eggs and beat well.
  • Add 1 cup of the flour, followed by the baking soda, salt and cinnamon (and optional add-ins would go in here too).
  • Add remaining flour, beat well.
  • Add applesauce and you guessed it, beat well.
  • Pour and spread out in your desired baking pans.
  • You're going to have to play the baking time a little by ear here, as different pans and different ovens bake at different times. Luckily, it's so moist it's very forgiving, but you want to bake it until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. SEE NOTES FOR ESTIMATED BAKING TIMES.
  • Let it cool and ice with your desired glaze or frosting, I like a simple vanilla butter cream but sorry I don't have a recipe for it...I just wing it every time!


Estimated Baking Times

9x13 Pan: 30-35 minutes
Bundt Pan: 40-50 minutes
Cupcakes: 15-20 minutes
8- or 9- inch Round Pans: 15 minutes