Applesauce Cake with Caramel GlazeThis traditional cake from colonial America is soft, light, super moist and low fat. Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Applesauce Cake is a very traditional cake, dating back to colonial times. In fact there is even a National Applesauce Cake day every year on June 6th.  As I love history as much as the study of cuisine, I have always watched period TV and movies. My current obsession is Peaky Blinders. Two of my favorite TV shows growing up were Little House on the Prairie and reruns of the Waltons. I always remember that John Boy’s favorite cake was Applesauce Cake so it was finally time for me to create my own version of his favorite cake.

Heavily spiced, but very moist and light it’s the colonial version of a low fat cake with no milk and only 1 egg. You can even make it healthier if you like, by substituting half of the flour for whole wheat or other whole grain flours.

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Now I know why John Boy loved this cake so much. It is so soft, light and super moist.

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Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: 12

Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon dessicated coconut (optional)
  • Caramel Glaze Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9” cake pan with non stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and clove. Mix to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk applesauce and ½ cup water until well blended.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.
  5. Add egg and mix until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
  6. Alternately, add the flour mixture and applesauce in 3 batches, mixing well after each addition.
  7. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the walnuts.
  8. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake for 1 ¼ hours, until a knife/toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. For the glaze, melt butter and sugar in a saucepan.
  10. Add milk and stir until thoroughly combined.
  11. While still warm, drizzle over cake.
  12. Sprinkle coconut on top.

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