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Applesauce Cake

If you decide to use store-bought applesauce, choose one with a chunky texture.

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • servings: 10

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Basic Applesauce, or store-bought chunky applesauce
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Beat in applesauce.

  3. Step 3

    Generously coat a nonstick 9-inch tube pan with cooking spray. Spoon batter into pan; smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (but slightly wet), 50 to 60 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Turn out of pan onto a cutting board or baking sheet; invert cake onto rack, top side up. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving, if desired.

Source
Everyday Food, October 2005

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Reviews (26)

  • tarte tatin 14 Oct, 2013

    This recipe is great! I replaced one cup of the homemade apple sauce for one cup homemade unsweeted apple butter and added about one two diced apples. I called it my triple threat apple cake. I really wanted to honour the beautiful organic apples I had just picked at my sisters. It was amazing! I highly recomend the apple butter, it gave it this beautiful richness. One of the best cakes I have ever made.

  • CakeAddictedChef 4 Aug, 2013

    Honey is a real catch for the basic applesauce cake! I have recently baked mine adding cashew nuts and raisins: http://www.cakeaddicted.com/applesauce-cake-recipe.html
    My only concern about honey is whether it will keep its taste after baking. Maybe adding honey into the frosting can be a good idea? Feels like it's time for a couple of more experiments in my kitchen!

  • Luxy 19 Jun, 2013

    I love this recipe I wanted to surprise my mom and brother and they both loved it I can't wait to make another one of Martha Stewart's recipes there so good I love this recipe I am going to make it over again and again

  • giardiniere55 10 May, 2013

    This applesauce cake came out just perfect We don't like nuts or raisins in our cakes, so this recipe was just what we wanted. I have made it twice and each time it came out great!

  • Vickie M 29 Apr, 2013

    I remember seeing this recipe and one other apple Cake recipe in Martha Stewart Living Magazine I was So very Happy to see recipes for (In my words) That Pan with the [filtered word] in the middle!
    I had inherited my Great Great Grandmothers Apple Cake pan. It looks exactly like Maratha's and Both cakes always turn out just right.. For that, I credit my Grandmothers.

  • Mouseofvirtue 9 Mar, 2013

    I am going to make this for Sunday dinner tomorrow. It looks wonderful.. but I REALLY wish Martha and her team would get with the times and include the nutritional info. I really hate having to calculate the recipes myself to see which is the best choice health wise.

  • Bhilt 7 Feb, 2013

    I followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out perfectly, with one exception. My 8-year-old daughter and her dog were having a game of chase through the house and the cake fell just a bit. Still smells and tastes good, though. The flavor of the honey really comes out, which is a huge positive in our house since my husband is a beekeeper.

  • queen of kale 21 Oct, 2012

    Mostly i liked it but....found there was way too much flour. After all, there is barely any liquid? I used just over two cups of the flour mixed with the other dry ingredients. Gotta agree with the other reviewer - does anyone actually try these recipes? Thanks.

  • Sincerelyn 14 Oct, 2012

    I baked this cake twice. The cooking time is way off. I want to make it again but can anyone tell me how long they cooked it for? Does anyone test these recipes?

  • Stefanie 30 Sep, 2012

    I liked this recipe. The flavor, texture and spices are just right. I had to have less sugar, so I only used one cup of brown sugar and skipped the honey. I lined the bottom and sides of the pan with sliced apples & the bottom with crushed walnuts just to add some variety. Definitely use the bundt or tube pan. I didn't and it took too long for the middle to cook all the way. I only had a half stick of butter, so I used oil for the rest plus 1 pureed banana and 1/2 cup wheat bran--no problems

  • reneesmom 29 Nov, 2011

    This cake was a hit for Thanksgiving and all wanted the recipe. Beautiful cake and very moist. Many thanks!

  • thedaisywillow 31 Jan, 2011

    Okay, what did I do wrong! Made it as written and as shown in video. When I went to take it out of the pan it separated and was uncooked in the middle. I have now baked it a total of 1 hr and 50 minutes and it still doesn't look totally done. Tastes wonderful but couldn't serve it. Help! thedaisywillow

  • esmacherrypie 30 Dec, 2010

    Delicious! I've made this a few times, and once with homemade apple sauce. an amazing cake!

  • dcauley 20 Nov, 2010

    By the way.cardamom (both whole and ground) is very inexpensive at Indian markets or grocers. If you don't have one nearby, perhaps search for one on the internet. Lots of other cheap things in bulk there as well: sesame seeds, tumeric, bay leaves, etc...

  • dcauley 20 Nov, 2010

    I have been searching for a long time for this recipe...it tastes ljust ike my Grandmother's from down South in Virginia. Delicious!! My only addition is 1 cup toasted chopped walnuts and 1 cup raisins stirred into the batter at the end.

  • blanco 13 Oct, 2010

    The extra time is needed if you are making the Basic Applesauce recipe provided, rather than using store bought.

  • specialk78 18 Apr, 2010

    I'm just wondering why it takes 2 1/2 hrs. in total to make. It only takes 25 min. to prepare and 50 - 60 min. to bake, where's the other hour?

  • ladyhenry 23 Feb, 2010

    CDKitchen had this:
    Cardamom Substitute

    It takes 10 whole pods to make 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cardamom.

    Or, use ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coriander seeds or mace, starting with half the quantity specified and adding more to taste.

  • saradomca 16 Feb, 2010

    This is a really simple recipe but very good and everyone loves it. i will make it often.

  • cornmaiden 2 Feb, 2010

    My comment didn't post. Try this link for a better price on cardamom.
    http://www.mothernature.com/shop/detail.cfm?sku=28451

  • CharlesMom 21 Dec, 2009

    Delicious and not hard to make - but Cardamom costs $17.00 per small jar! What are you thinking not to include a SUBSTITUTE?

  • adevero 14 Jul, 2008

    I doubled this and layered the two cakes--using apple butter as the filling between layers. WOW!!

  • Fagan 3 Jan, 2008

    This Cake is excellent! I added 1/2c. walnuts and one sliced (peeled) apple and it was so moist and flavorful! Cardamom is key. Thanks, Martha.

  • bethinne 18 Dec, 2007

    I love this cake. The chunkier the applesauce, the better. The cardamom makes all the difference and gives it that wonderful "spice". This is a favorite with my kids as well. Super simple and worth the time.

  • geminiaries 12 Dec, 2007

    i like to bake this applesause cake,but i'm worried i might not find these applesause i've never remember if i saw this already,but i'll try to find it out in the grocery; cake ingre,section.

  • JXDRAGON 29 Nov, 2007

    I want plain recipe w/o honey and brown sugar ..too complicated........