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 (0g 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 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 237504
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

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

1RJ 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 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 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 103253
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

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

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