Mamaw Allie’s Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe

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Try my Mamaw Allie’s Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan, flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Mamaw Allie’s Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe

Today I’m so excited to share my Mamaw Allie’s Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe!

If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating a homemade applesauce cake, then you’re in for a total treat!

Applesauce cake is super moist, perfectly sweet, and flavored with warm autumn spices for an unbelievably delicious cake you’ll love to make every Fall and holiday season.

If you want to learn how to make my Mamaw Allie’s Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe, then keep reading below and check out my step-by-step video tutorial over here.

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Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Easy Moist Applesauce Cake Recipe

This old-fashioned applesauce cake recipe is courtesy of my great Mamaw Allie and has been passed down through the generations.

My mom said that her Mamaw used to bake up several of these applesauce cakes every Christmas and give them as gifts to family and friends.

And although my Mamaw Allie passed away before I got to meet her, I have lots of memories of her daughter (my Mamaw Beck) making this cake for my Papaw on several occasions, and it was always a favorite.

I now get the honor of keeping the recipe alive and passing it down to my sons, who absolutely love it!

Trust me when I say that this applesauce cake is SO delicious, and super easy to make with no-fuss, simple ingredients.

 

Applesauce Cake Recipe Ingredients

Cake:

  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Apple Pie Spice
  • Self-Rising Flour
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Eggs
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts

Glaze: (optional)

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk

Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Tips for the Best Applesauce Cake

Here are just a few quick tips that will help you make the most delicious and moist applesauce cake.

 

Use Unsweetened Applesauce

You don’t want to use applesauce with extra sugar added in, otherwise it will make the cake too sweet.

I like to use plain, unsweetened applesauce either store-bought or homemade.

 

Spray Your Bundt Pan Well

My biggest tip when using a Bundt cake pan is make sure you spray/grease the pan with non-stick spray REALLY well.

This non-stick spray is my favorite for Bundt cakes because it has flour in it too.

I also recommend using this non-stick bundt pan, which I have never had any issues with sticking.

 

Don’t Over-Mix

Once you add in your flour, avoid over-mixing your batter.

Over mixing creates a tough, dense, and dry cake.

 

Don’t Overbake

Keep an eye on your cake towards the end of the baking time and don’t over bake it.

You’ll know the cake is done when it starts to pull away from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with only a few crumbs.

 

Let The Cake Cool Before Glazing

For best results, I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes or so before glazing your applesauce cake.

 

Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Applesauce Cake Variations

My Mamaw Allie’s original applesauce bundt cake recipe calls for raisins, nuts, and doesn’t have a glaze added on top.

But the great thing about this recipe is it’s super adaptable, and below I’ve included several variation ideas for this easy applesauce cake which you can adjust to your preferences.

 

Raisins

Not a fan of raisins? Simply omit them.

On the other hand, if you love them – feel free to add 1/2 cup more.

 

Nuts

Again, if you don’t prefer nuts, simply omit them.

You can also substitute chopped pecans for the walnuts, and/or omit them from the batter and only add them on top of the glaze at the end for decoration.

 

Glaze/Frosting

This cake only has a small amount of glaze added on top, so if you love a lot of glaze, I’d recommend doubling it.

If you want to switch up the cinnamon glaze entirely, I’d recommend a caramel icing, cream cheese frosting, or even giving the top of a cake a quick dusting of powdered sugar.

Or leave it glaze free, and I promise it’s still SO delish!

 

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Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Old Fashioned Applesauce Walnut Cake FAQ’s

 

What does applesauce do for a cake?

Applesauce is one of the best ingredients you can use in a cake, as it is a healthy way to add moisture and flavor.

You can use applesauce as a replacement for oil or butter and it’s a great way to add natural sweetness to a cake.

 

Can applesauce make a cake moist?

Yes, absolutely! This applesauce cake is super moist and gets even better the next day after it’s had time to soak up all the applesauce goodness.

 

What kind of applesauce should I use for this Applesauce Cake?

I recommend using plain, unsweetened applesauce.

You can use either store-bought or homemade, just make sure it doesn’t have any added sugar to prevent your cake from being too sweet.

 

Does applesauce cake need a glaze/frosting?

No, it’s completely optional and my Mamaw’s original recipe doesn’t add a glaze.

I personally love the added sweetness and extra flavor from the cinnamon glaze, but this cake is delicious completely plain.

You can also swap the cinnamon glaze for other frostings, such as cream cheese frosting, caramel icing, or add a dusting of powdered sugar.

 

How do I store leftover applesauce cake?

Cover and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

 

Can I freeze applesauce cake?

Yes! This cake freezes wonderfully for up to 3 months.

Simply let it cool completely, slice, and store in a freezer safe bag or container.

Once ready to eat, place individual slices in the microwave and heat at 30 second increments until warm.

 

How to Make Applesauce Bundt Cake From Scratch

 

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Prepare Pan & Combine Wet Ingredients

First spray a Bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and preheat your oven.

In a large mixing bowl, combine granulated sugar, melted butter, applesauce, and apple pie spice and whisk together until smooth and combined. Add in eggs and whisk until incorporated.

Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Add In Flour and Mix-In’s

Next add in flour in 1/2 cup increments and fold in until only a small amount of flour remains showing.

Gently fold in raisins and nuts and stir until just combined, being careful to not over-mix.

Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Pour In Pan + Bake

Carefully pour batter into the pan and bake in the oven for 38-42 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

Cool, Glaze, and Serve

Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire cooling rack, then flip/transfer to the cake plate you will serve it on.

Allow the cake to cool an additional 20-30 minutes before glazing.

While cake cools, prepare glaze by whisking together powered sugar, cinnamon, and milk until a smooth, drizzle-consistency has formed.

Spoon glaze on top of the cake and let it set up for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Try my Mamaw Allie's Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist, old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

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Try my Mamaw Allie’s Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe! This delicious and moist old-fashioned applesauce cake is baked in a Bundt cake pan flavored with fresh applesauce, warm spices, raisins, walnuts, and topped with a simple cinnamon glaze. 

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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Cake

Glaze (optional)

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp – 1 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • First spray a Bundt cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine granulated sugar, melted butter, applesauce, and apple pie spice and whisk together until smooth and combined. Add in eggs and whisk until incorporated.
  • Next add in flour in 1/2 cup increments and fold in until only a small amount of flour remains showing. Gently fold in raisins and nuts and stir until just combined, being careful to not over-mix.
  • Carefully pour batter into the pan and bake in the oven for 38-42 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire cooling rack, then flip/transfer to the cake plate you will serve it on.
  • Allow the cake to cool an additional 20-30 minutes before glazing.
  • While cake cools, prepare glaze by whisking together powered sugar, cinnamon, and milk until a smooth, drizzle-consistency has formed.
  • If desired, place small strips of parchment paper underneath your cake, and spoon glaze on top. Let it set up for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
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Notes

*Self-Rising Flour Substitute: If you don’t have any self-rising flour, make your own with my easy DIY recipe using all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.

Storage Instructions: Cover and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Freezing Instructions: Let cool completely, slice, and store in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Once ready to eat, place individual slices in the microwave and heat at 30 second increments until warm.

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