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Honey and Spice Snack Cake

The sweetness of honey, the bold flavors of nutmeg and cloves and the crunch of walnuts make for happy snacking. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Whisk the applesauce, eggs, oil and honey. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts.
  • Pour into a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For optional ganache, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a microwave, heat cream for 20-30 seconds or just until bubbly. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly; drizzle over cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without ganache): 180 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • amethystaa
    Sep 9, 2017

    I don't think "vintage" recipes called for sugar substitute. Hahaha.

  • MrsKase
    Feb 1, 2012

    Regular sugar is fine, we do not eat artificial sweeteners. I also have sweetened appleasauce not unsweetened. very good cake!

  • Thaxter
    Jan 31, 2012

    I substituted gluten free all purpose flour, and used brown sugar as that was all I had on hand. It was still pretty good. A bit dry, but that was probably due to the fact that my honey had crystallized a bit. Am looking forward to experimenting with this basic recipe again!

  • joyjoy34
    Jan 22, 2012

    this was simple and delicious! everyone in my family ate it, which never happens. i will add this to my monthly menu.

  • SharonDetweiler
    Jan 21, 2012

    I made this without the chocolate topping. Was delicious! I baked it for 35-40 min.

  • sims21
    Jan 20, 2012

    It sounds very gooood!

  • tigercat2
    Jan 16, 2012

    Haven't made this yet but well it sounds good.