Moist Apple Cake Recipe

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This appetizing apple cinnamon cake, draped with a warm brown sugar sauce, is a crowd-pleaser at parties or at the office, confirms Lisa Miller from West Chester, Ohio. "I adapted a friend's recipe by decreasing the oil and substituting applesauce," she notes. "I also switched to fat-free milk...but no one will ever guess this treat is light."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 341 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add applesauce, oil and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir into flour mixture; mix well. Fold in apples and pecans.
  2. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add the brown sugar, milk and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour over warm cake. Serve warm. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Moist Apple Cake in Light & Tasty April/May 2002, p56

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mitzihar User ID: 5746801 238083
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"This is the best apple cake I have ever had. Very moist and had great flavor. my family told me to make it for the holidays. Next time I am going to use 3/4 Cup of pecans. Love it Thank you,"

pinush User ID: 6436681 237504
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"Very moist. Next time will reduce cinnamon and sugar. Keeper"

1RJ User ID: 7413748 35966
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"I made this great recipe for my Christian Womanhood tea today!! It was first sampled by my husband and son warm from oven - they both thought it was the "best dessert they had ever had". Huge success with the girls. It was easy to make and absolutely delicious! Thank you!!!"

hcrayosky User ID: 5324186 41153
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times for family gatherings. It's always a hit!! I was looking for something similar to what my Aunts always made. This cake is easy and tastes fabulous."

megs5454 User ID: 2883635 107838
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2009

"I just made this tonight, and had to leave a comment! It's so good! The caramel sauce is a great addition to an already moist and delicious cake! I'll definitely make this again! Best of all, it uses far less oil than traditional apple cake recipes."

shantay13 User ID: 3519992 103253
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"sounds so yummy!!! cannot wait to make it!"

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