Applesauce spice cake is a quick throw together dessert that will remind you of Fall flavors no matter what time of year you make it!
Applesauce spice cake is so easy to make!! Using bottled store bought or homemade it comes out moist and delicious every single time. A quick easy dessert recipe that is great for a crowd.
I love me a good dump cake. When people pop up unexpectedly or I just have a sweet tooth you too should try and serve this to your fam bam.
There are several add ins you can throw in too if you like. Raisins, chopped nuts and even pumpkin pie spice work great. I like a bit of chunk to it but if yours is super smooth that works too.
Let’s start with the star of the show first off shall we……. Instant Pot applesauce works fantastic.
This way I can get it just the way I want it to have. A little bit of larger pieces just adds to the overall flavor and texture of the dish. I can add cinnamon if I want or leave it plain too.
This is what you’ll want to have on hand;
- If you don’t want to use homemade you can definitely get a container here.
- All purpose flour, make sure you know how to measure flour properly.
- Baking soda and powder
- Brown sugar
Apple pie spice is of course optional but a good add in for sure.
As with any other type of simple cake recipe you’ll need to blend the wet ingredients in a different bowl than the dry items. Then incorporate the two until blended and fold in additional items at the end.
Applesauce bundt cake
It doesn’t really matter whether you want to use this 9×13″ like here or a pan like we did with this pumpkin gingerbread bundt cake. The timing may be slightly different but not much.
To ensure you do not over-bake it and allow it to dry out check it often at the end. Use a toothpick if you like but I just opt for my fingertip. Once the middle bounces back when touched gently in the center I yank it out!
Setting it on a cooling rack at that time is key too. Allow a good 10 minutes to rest and then slice that baby up.
I always spray with non stick coating or use parchment paper like this. There is nothing worse than making something that smells delicious only to try and get it out and it’s not going anywhere.
This way is actual best. Then you can lift the paper right out, allow it to cool outside of that really hot pan and slice it without contending with the sides. Alternatively use a greased and floured pan.
NO real need for a stand or electric mixer, you can just use a large bowl and good old fashioned elbow grease really.
This is a 9×13″ cake pan, I’m sure you have one of those baking pans already. For the top you can use Cool whip, whipped cream, a sprinkle of powdered sugar or gently melt a tub of cream cheese frosting.
For the last make sure you don’t put it on until you have a completely cooled cake. 15 minutes won’t do it, you’ll likely need closer to 30. If not you’ll have a runny mess.
On top you could sprinkle 1/4 cup more crushed nuts or 1/2 cup raisins. Totally up to you on that. Serving it “topless” is just as yummy and not as sweet.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Applesauce Spice Cake
Preheat oven to 350. In a 9×13″ pan spray with non stick spray.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and apple pie spice.
In a different bowl beat butter until fluffy and then add sugar and brown sugar. Beat until completely combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix again.
Add in applesauce and milk, beat until mixed. Slowly incorporate flour mixture and beat until just combined together. Fold in raisins and walnuts if desired.
Pour into your prepared pan and spread out evenly.
Then bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Remove and cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing.
Top with cream cheese, powdered sugar or plain.
We love making zucchini applesauce muffins too.
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Applesauce Spice Cake
- 2 c all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp apple pie spice or 1/2 tsp nutmeg + 1/2 tsp ground cloves and 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 stick butter room temperature, 1/2 c.
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 2 eggs room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 c applesauce unsweetened was used
- 1/2 c milk
- 1 c raisins
- 1 c walnuts crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 9×13" pan spray with non stick spray or lay in a piece of parchment paper
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and apple pie spice.
- In a different bowl beat butter until fluffy and then add sugar and brown sugar. Beat until completely combined together. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat again.
- Add in applesauce and milk, beat until mixed. Slowly incorporate flour mixture and beat until just combined together. Fold in raisins and walnuts if desired.
- Pour into your prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean with some crumbs attached.
- Remove and cool on a cooling rack before slicing.
- Top with cream cheese, powdered sugar or plain.