Makeover Easy Apple Cake Recipe
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Makeover Easy Apple Cake Recipe

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Flavored with cinnamon and apples, Sherry Ashenfelter’s rich, old-fashioned apple cake is down-home delicious, with less than half the fat of the original recipe she shared in Waterville, Ohio .
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar blend
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-fat whipped topping

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 184 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, applesauce, sugar blend, eggs, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Fold in apples and walnuts.
  2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 28-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Serve with whipped topping. Yield: 20 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda sugar blend.
Originally published as Makeover Easy Apple Cake in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p7

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KALS User ID: 3377630 160735
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"I'm going back to my apple cake recipe before the makeover; bland and not very good."

KALS User ID: 3377630 92794
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"what is the ingredient "sugar blend"?"

bonandron User ID: 3460911 161412
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"made it and my grandaughters ages7 & 4 thought it was delicious..."

KTSUNETA User ID: 1206387 146415
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"This cake was delicious. Everyone who had a piece just loved it. We have 2 very small apple trees that have prodiced a bumper crop of apples this year. They will definitely help in making this cake again,"

hardm1970 User ID: 5329277 99627
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"My whole family loved this cake... I used 1 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 c + 1/2 cup sugar blend and it was fine.. Left off the whip cream and had it for breakfast."

nancysmenus User ID: 4694886 73979
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I just did a post, and if you don't go back you may not see it. Please check our B-Sweet natural sweetener, it is not an artifical sweetener, so should not be a problem for your husband. And, it is safe for type 1 and 2 diabetics. You can find it on-line at or you can contact me if you would like to try it. "

nancysmenus User ID: 4694886 92781
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I have made many of the recipies from taste of home using our all natural low glycemic sweetener, B-Sweet. Stevia has been found to have some unfaviorable side effects and probably should not be used with children. I use 1/2 the amount of sugar called for and use B-Sweet insted. I usually add a bit more vanilla when brown sugar is called for. It can be found via internet at, or you can contact me if any questions. Less calories, and it doesn't trigger the glycemic reaction like the artificial sweeteners."

Mikie1979 User ID: 5159008 167174
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2010

"I have not made this recipie but I wanted to touch on what german_girl_with_curls said about the Xylitol. If anyone out there has a four legged family member DO NOT share this cake with them if you use the Xylitol. From what I understand it will put your dog into a type of diabetic shock or coma and can kill them. Now I know that it is best to not feed people food to your dogs but mine always have a way of looking like they are half starved and when they watch you eat they have a way of willing your food into their mouths. God luck with the cakes everyone:)"

lisaswope User ID: 2809998 160730
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"I was really excited to make this cake especially because of the flaxseed. I have only used flax in small amounts in the past, and now I know why. During cooking and now in a covered container, all I can smell is flax. If I didn't know there was cinnamon and apples in this cake, I couldn't have guessed by the smell or taste. The flax just takes over. The kids won't touch it. Maybe I will omit or at least back on the amount for my next try with this."

neudorfshots User ID: 5000846 145363
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"I haven't made this recipe yet either, but the amount of sugar in general and sugar blend in particular is cause for concern. For a recipe with 2 c flour and all those naturally sweet apples, 3/4 c sugar by itself should be more than enough. I reduce the amount of sugar in recipes all the time, and can remove about half in cookies, pies and cakes without ill effect. I also use stevia, in the pure liquid or powdered form, in conjunction with sugar if it's necessary to boost the sweetness."

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