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Applesauce Coffee Cake


Applesauce creates a moist texture in baked goods, as proven by this coffee cake. We made our own applesauce (one of the best ways to use up bruised apples) by stewing McIntosh apples in apple cider.

  • Yield: Makes one 10-inch cake

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2004


  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Apple-Cider Applesauce or 1 1/2 cups store-bought applesauce
  • 2 small juicy apples, such as McIntosh, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 10-inch angel-food-cake pan with cooking spray; set aside. Make crumb topping: Stir together 4 tablespoons butter, the dark-brown sugar, oats, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans; set aside.

  2. Make batter: Sift flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 3/4 teaspoon salt; set aside. Put remaining 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, the granulated sugar, and light-brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Mix in the eggs, one at a time. Reduce speed to low; mix in applesauce and then flour mixture. Stir in remaining cup nuts by hand.

  3. Pour batter into oiled pan; sprinkle reserved crumb topping over batter. Lay apples on top, tucking some into batter.

  4. Bake until a cake tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.

Cook's Notes

Cake can be stored at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, up to 3 days.

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  • puglv2
    1 DEC, 2013
    Made this and didn't have applesause used 2 cups applebutter. So much flavor also used 1 cup granulated splenda to cut calories.
  • marianamenendez
    7 NOV, 2012
    This recipe is great! I make the applesauce by using 4 appples in cubes and simmering with 1 cup of apple cider until tender and all liquid is absorbed for a nice kick!
  • Ceege
    23 AUG, 2012
    To Malu2. Continued with part two. I forgot to say you will probably need anywhere from 4 to 6 apples to make a cup or two of applesauce. It all depends on the size of your apples.
  • Ceege
    23 AUG, 2012
    To Malu2. It is NOT apple juice. To make applesauce, peel and core apples. Cut into 1 to 2 inch chunks. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low until apples are tender. Drain any remaining liquid from pan. If making applesauce for a cake recipe, just mash the apples with a potato masher or large fork. If you want to eat the applesauce, add sugar and cinnamon to taste. (You do not need the sugar in apples for cake as there is enough sugar already in the recipe
  • Malu2
    11 JUN, 2012
    I have a question to ask...How can I make applie sauce at home for this recipe? I live in the south of Brazil and have never seen apple sauce in the stores. Is it the same as apple juice?
  • vanquery
    28 APR, 2009
    So GOOD!!!