Chocolate Applesauce Cake Recipe

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Applesauce adds moistness to this tender cake with a sweet chocolate and nut topping. "It's breeze to make and perfect for picnics," comments Sue Braunschweig of Delafield, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 283 calories, 12g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 fruit.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Applesauce Cake in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p53

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Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 23984
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"I LOVED this cake! So nice and moist and, as a still delicious bonus, healthy too. I made this cake as my sister's birthday cake because I didn't have a lot of baking cocoa and for those that doubt a good chocolate flavor for only 2 tbsp, it still has a nice chocolate flavor. I didn't put on the extra nuts and chocolate but instead frosted it because it was a birthday cake, although I agree it is so good by itself! I used half all-purpose, half whole wheat flour - still yummy! I will definately be making this soon as I get more applesauce!"

ahalbersma User ID: 5421369 55879
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Very Good! used whole wheat flour too, made many times"

angela88 User ID: 1656239 17651
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Easy. Yummy. No need to frost. I just discovered recipe 2 weeks ago and I've already made 4 times!"

JumpRiverGem User ID: 1462419 55877
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"This was a great cake! Very moist. I made it with a cream cheese frosting instead of the chocolate topping and it was delicious!"

medabear User ID: 2977943 29111
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"This is one of my family's favorite recipes. We use our homemade applesauce. A great tasting cake that is easy and quick to make, and it has a very satisfying topping without having to make frosting."

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