Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by BandJsGranny

I found this recipe on a Duncan Hines spice cake mix box. It was easy to make. It was not too sweet, but sweet enough! I used chunky applesauce & I did not frost the cake -- I just sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar, but the frosting sounds good too.

Top Review by HokiesMom

I love these types of cakes when you are in a pinch for time and want a different flavor from the standard cake mix recipe. I too used chunky applesauce (I wanted to add to the texture of the cake) and used the cinnamon/sugar mix sprinkled in the bottom of the tube pan (Bundt style) prior to baking so it gave it a nice topping. Adjusted the baking time for the pan I used but that was easy enough to do based on the instructions on the box. Perfect texture and nice depth of flavors. Thanks for sharing. Made for Pick-A-Chef event Spring 2010.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Cake

  • 1 (18 ounce) box spice cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 14 cups applesauce
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Frosting

  • 1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
  • 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease & flour a 13 X 9 pan.
  3. Combine cake mix, eggs, applesauce, and oil in a large bowl.
  4. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in nuts.
  6. Pour into pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  9. Invert onto cooling rack, then turn right side up.
  10. Cool completely.
  11. For frosting:.
  12. Combine vanilla frosting and cinnamon.
  13. Stir until well blended.
  14. Spread over cooled cake.
  15. ENJOY!

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