Rating: 3.58 stars
411 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 114
  • 3 star values: 103
  • 2 star values: 54
  • 1 star values: 25

Applesauce makes this cake exceptionally moist. It's delicious on its own or served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you decide to use store-bought applesauce, choose one with a chunky texture.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (31)

411 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 114
  • 3 star values: 103
  • 2 star values: 54
  • 1 star values: 25
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2019
Love this cake- flavor, texture and no FROSTING! Not overly sweet just perfect. Wish your recipes would include the weight equivalent in the measurements not just volume. Would really help with things like 'lightly packed' brown sugar
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2018
Love this recipe! Very moist and delicious! Used oil instead of butter and came out really well.
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2018
It was so easy to make and incredibly moist. Love it!
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2017
Soft and fluffy cake with a moist and tender crumb. I have used salted butter in recipes my whole life. I just don't tend to have unsalted on hand most times. I also always cut the salt in most recipes by at least half. That not only compensates for the salted butter, but cuts down on the possibility of an overly salty taste. I also cut out half of a cup of brown sugar, and half of the honey as I don't care for overly sweet cakes. Next time I'd cut out the honey all together...I don't think it is needed, or tasted (unless you cut back the cardamom quite a bit). Quite honestly, the dominate flavor of this cake is cardamom. I love cardamom, so don't mind this, but it taste like a spice cake and I can't taste the applesauce (I didn't have chunky applesauce, which may have helped a bit, or grating fresh apples into the batter). I had grated a bit of fresh nutmeg into the batter as well, but this was also lost. Next time I'd cut the cardamom in half so some of the other flavors could come out, and maybe use some apple butter if I had it on hand to amp up the apple flavor. But it is a really lovely cake, and my husband likes it too. I'll be making this again.
Rating: Unrated
07/31/2016
I just tried making this, and it completely crumbled after it cooled and I tried turning it over. Worst was how salty it was.. Very confused. I used unsalted butter and recommended amount of salt. Any ideas?
Rating: Unrated
10/14/2013
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.
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Rating: Unrated
08/04/2013
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!
Rating: Unrated
06/19/2013
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
Rating: Unrated
05/10/2013
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!
Rating: Unrated
04/29/2013
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] 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.
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
02/07/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
10/21/2012
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.
Rating: Unrated
10/14/2012
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?
Rating: Unrated
09/30/2012
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
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2011
This cake was a hit for Thanksgiving and all wanted the recipe. Beautiful cake and very moist. Many thanks!
Rating: Unrated
01/31/2011
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
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2010
Delicious! I've made this a few times, and once with homemade apple sauce. an amazing cake!
Rating: Unrated
11/20/2010
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...
Rating: Unrated
11/20/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
10/13/2010
The extra time is needed if you are making the Basic Applesauce recipe provided, rather than using store bought.
Rating: Unrated
04/18/2010
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?
Rating: Unrated
02/23/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
02/16/2010
This is a really simple recipe but very good and everyone loves it. i will make it often.
Rating: Unrated
02/02/2010
My comment didn't post. Try this link for a better price on cardamom. http://www.mothernature.com/shop/detail.cfm?sku=28451
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2009
Delicious and not hard to make - but Cardamom costs $17.00 per small jar! What are you thinking not to include a SUBSTITUTE?
Rating: Unrated
07/14/2008
I doubled this and layered the two cakes--using apple butter as the filling between layers. WOW!!
Rating: Unrated
01/03/2008
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.
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2007
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.
Rating: Unrated
12/12/2007
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2007
I want plain recipe w/o honey and brown sugar ..too complicated........