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Chocolate Applesauce Cake Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chocolate Applesauce Cake

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Foreverdixie 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 55879
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

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

angela88 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 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 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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