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Moist Apple Cake

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Pour into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 341 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Honore
    Feb 22, 2021

    I've never done a review for anything, but this is the BEST cake ever. I added some nutmeg, ground ginger, and cinnamon to the cake. I also used an oil/melted butter combo. I cant believe how good this is!!!

  • Cindy
    Jan 10, 2021

    So moist and very good! I made with half the sugar and gluten free flour. First cake recipe I’ve made with gluten free flour and couldn’t tell the difference! Delicious!

  • mitzihar
    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
    Nov 16, 2015

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

  • 1RJ
    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
    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
    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
    Oct 25, 2008

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