Easy Vegan Applesauce Cake

"I am a very picky eater and I love this cake! My husband and my kids (ages 7, 6, and 2) also love it. The entire batch is gone in less than one day and I don't mind making it a few times a week because it's so easy! It's healthy too so I made it for breakfast once :)"
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Ready In:
16 pieces




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix oil and sugar; then add applesauce.
  • Combine dry ingredients and add to applesauce mixture; beat until smooth.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 8-inch square baking dish.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes
  • Use icing if desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Megan S.
    Is there a recipe for the icing?


  1. mookierox
    I make this recipe as written and my family thinks it's delicious. The flavor is subtle and goes perfect with a cup of coffee.
  2. EnjoyGoodFood
    After reading the reviews, I used the entire can of applesauce (15 oz); 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (instead of cinnamon); used half whole wheat flour and half all purpose unbleached flour; and added 1/2 cup raisins. I baked it in two 8x4 inch loaf pans, and they were done in 30 minutes. I wished I had added 1/2 cup of broken walnuts also. The amount of sugar was just right. It turned out very moist and very good! Since 1 1/2 cups of applesauce is 12 oz, it makes more sense to use all of the applesauce, instead of adding water (like one reviewer suggested). Next time I will sprinkle some sugar on the top (as one person suggested), having a sugar crunch on top would be very good!
  3. Doug B.
    I changed the recipe: I added 2 tsp of pumpkin spice instead of 1 tsp plain cinnamon. It also took me 60 minutes to bake instead of 45; at 45 minutes the cake was just way too wet and doughy. Was dense but tasty.
  4. Robbie K.
    Delicious! I leave out the oil, and make it up with another quarter cup of applesauce. I also left out the salt, used brown sugar, and added nutmeg. This was a great, easy, forgiving recipe. It takes only minutes to prepare.
  5. Ali B.
    Amazing recipe I honestly would share this recipe with anyone I know!! I would recommend adding a half cup of water as well to make the cake s but more moist


  1. EnjoyGoodFood
    I made MUFFINS this time. (I already submitted a review, making two 8x4" loaves.) I followed the recipe exactly, except for adding 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (in addition to the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon that is listed in the recipe). I added a generous 1/2 cup raisins. It made 13 regular size muffins (using a little pyrex cup for the 13th muffin). The batter almost filled each cup, but made nice rounded top muffins. If you add nuts also, it will make 14 muffins. The bake time at 350 degrees came to about 22 minutes.
  2. Doug B.
    2 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of 1 tsp cinnamon; baked for 60 minutes instead of 45.



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