Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake

This old-fashioned applesauce cake with caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting is soft, moist and packed with spices! Great for Fall and Thanksgiving!

When life gives you apples, you make OLD FASHIONED applesauce cake…hehe.

In general, I am not that fond of apples but yesterday,  I found a great deal on apples and bought 8 pounds of them!

Now, I am going through all of the family recipe books and finding all sorts of desserts to use up all these apples…lol.

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This EASY applesauce cake recipe is a family FAVORITE, especially during Fall and Thanksgiving.

It’s loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and everything else that just screams AUTUMN!

My Mom pairs this classic applesauce cake with classic American buttercream frosting.

But, I prefer to pair mine with cream cheese frosting and caramel sauce.

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These flavors work INCREDIBLY well together.

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Homemade applesauce cake recipes usually include chopped NUTS like walnuts, pecans and even raisins (YUCK!).

I OMIT that since I am not too fond of all that “nuttiness” in my cakes.

A for the overall texture, this is a super MOIST applesauce cake that’s wonderfully SOFT and airy.

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Here are some TIPS for making the perfect old fashioned applesauce cake:

  • Use a combination of both, granulated and brown sugar in this recipe. The brown sugar adds a rich “molassessy” flavor to this cake.
  • Butter and eggs must be at room temperature.
  • Nuts are optional. If you are planning on making a naked applesauce cake like I did, I suggest not using nuts since it’s harder to cut and slice pieces.
  • Once the cakes have cooled down, cover them in saran wrap and freeze overnight. This seals moisture into the cake and makes it super soft.
  • Add a little cinnamon powder (1/2 tsp) in the caramel sauce to give it a spicy kick.

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For this old fashioned applesauce cake recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

Cake:
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 clove powder
3/4 cup chopped walnuts and pecans (optional)

Frosting and filling:
1 cup caramel sauce
Cream cheese frosting

Notes:
– Read all the tips above.

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together.

Step 2:
Then, add eggs and mix until thoroughly combined.

Step 3:
Add applesauce and mix again.

Step 4:
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon powder and clove powder.

Step 5:
Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
Don’t over-mix!

Step 6:
If you are adding nuts (optional), toss them in some flour and stir them into the cake batter with a spatula.

Step 7:
Pour this batter into two round greased/floured cake pans (Dimensions: 8×2).

Step 8:
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Step 9:
Once the cakes have cooled down, cover them in saran wrap and freeze overnight (optional but highly recommended).

Step 10:
To assemble the cake, start off by slicing the edges around both the cakes.
Place one cake on a cake stand and frost it with cream cheese icing.
Drizzle some caramel syrup and then place the other cake on top.
Frost the top of the cake with cream cheese icing and drizzle more caramel syrup.
And you are done!

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5 from 1 vote

Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
This old-fashioned applesauce cake with caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting is soft, moist and packed with spices! Great for Fall and Thanksgiving!
Servings: 9 Slices
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 467 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Ingredients

Cake
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Butter Unsalted
  • cups Applesauce
  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • tsp Cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg powder
  • ¼ tsp Allspice
  • ¼ Clove powder
  • ¾ cup Walnuts and Pecans chopped (optional)
Frosting and Filling
  • 1 cup Caramel sauce
  • Cream cheese frosting

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together.
  2. Then, add eggs and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add applesauce and mix again.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon powder and clove powder.
  5. Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Don't over-mix!
  7. If you are adding nuts (optional), toss them in some flour and stir them into the cake batter with a spatula.
  8. Pour this batter into2 round greased/floured cake pans (Dimensions: 8x2).

  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Once the cakes have cooled down, cover them in saran wrap and freeze overnight (optional but highly recommended).
  11. To assemble the cake, start off by slicing the edges around both the cakes. Place one cake on a cake stand and frost it with cream cheese icing. Drizzle some caramel syrup and then place the other cake on top. Frost the top of this cake with cream cheese icing and drizzle more caramel syrup. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read my tips above.
  • Spread some apple butter between each layer and it will enhance the flavor and moisture of this cake.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this post, you may like some of these other Fall desserts…

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Fall leaves sugar cookies

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Chocolate tree  cake

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Until next time, tata my lovelies!

28 comments on “Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake”

  1. Another wonderful creation. You are so talented!!!!!!! Beautiful cake.

  2. What a great idea to use applesauce. I was just wondering if I could use shredded apples instead of shredded carrots in a carrot-like apple cake. Now if my shredded apples don’t work I can use applesauce. Apples add so much flavor to baked goods. I also use them to bake bread, it my favorite bread by far. If you’re interested, the recipe is here: http://cookingrookie.blogspot.com/2010/03/apple-buns.html
    Thanks for sharing your cake recipe! You have a great site. I’ll be back to check your decorating ideas 🙂

  3. DELICIOUS ☆

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