SkinnyMs Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake

by Joanne on September 25, 2012

Tis the season of the Apple!


Here are some “did you knows” about apples…

  1. Did you know, apples help to build muscle due to the abundance of vitamins and minerals, essential nutrients present in the delicious fruit.
  2. Did you know, apples contain fiber and flavonoids to help fight cancers.
  3. Did you know, apples have antioxidants that help to keep your skin young and healthy.
  4. Did you know, apples contain Vitamins C, K, and B6 and these vitamins are immune system boosters which help you feel good and energetic.
  5. Did you know, that due to the fiber content, the apple helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.
  6. and finally, Did you know, the acids found in apple peel (see here for a terrific recipe for Apple Twigs which uses the healthy peel) build muscle and help reduce body fat.

There you have it. So…did YOU know?

A recipe sent to me by SkinnyMs.  This dessert, snack, easy to make treat is perfect for fall and all those deliciously healthy apples you’ll by buying from the local orchard.

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A moist cake without all the refined ingredients and gooey icing, give Grandma’s recipe a try.

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



  • 2 1/2 cups flour (you can also substitute White Whole Wheat)
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar (you might use sucanat; coconut palm sugar, either one works well)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (Apple crumbles used ginger since my mother is allergic to cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves (Apple crumbles used 1/4 tsp. nutmeg instead of 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
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil (can use 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 and the apples, 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, we use 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!

The result in my mother’s kitchen:  SUCCESS!  We all enjoyed a hefty piece of this spiced cake because, even though the temperature in S.C. is still in the 80’s, we wanted to get into the Fall spirit!

So good!

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  • At 2012.09.25 08:04, Heather said:

    Mmmmmmmmmm…………my mom makes the BEST apple cake.

    p.s. sounds like it’s a good thing I eat an apple a day!!!

    • At 2012.09.26 01:43, Mary @ Fit and Fed said:

      I love old-fashioned apple spice cake, haven’t had it in a while. I’ll bet the coconut palm sugar you used adds a nice caramel flavor to it– I love that stuff. I’m impressed that you’re diving right into fall even with eighty degree weather. I’ve been dragging my heels and hanging onto the last peaches and strawberries instead of buying the new apples and pears. But no doubt here in Seattle that fall’s finally here, it’s cooling off and we’re getting some rainy days.

      • At 2012.09.26 09:14, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

        Yum, I love all things apple – it’s always fun when the seasons change and you switch gears to feature produce you’ve somewhat neglected for the past year since seasonal produce tastes best. I bet this smells heavenly while cooking too!

        • At 2012.09.26 13:32, Angie@Angie's Recipes said:

          I love APPLES! I once made a record and ate 11 apples in one day ;-))
          Your seasonal apple cake looks delish!

          • At 2012.09.26 16:50, CCU said:

            Oh wow your apple cake looks AWESOME 😀
            No one can ever have too many apples!

            Choc Chip Uru

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