easy apple spice cake

Easy Apple Spice Cake

Some of the best cakes are muffin-simple to make, like this easy apple spice cake (a moist applesauce cake).

Easy apple spice cake is a moist and wholesome

Some of the best cakes out there are muffin-simple. Made with real butter and good stone-ground flour, they’ve got flavour to spare and have no need to be dressed with frosting.

Plus, there is only one easy pan to clean, not a dozen muffin cups.

Easy Apple Spice Cake is delicious cake that’s a cinch to mix up and makes a wholesome treat. No occasion required.

We make this apple spice cake with stone ground flour and homemade apple sauce but it works just as well with conventional white flour and store-bought apple sauce.

It’s actually a gingerbread, sweetened with molasses and lightly spiced with ginger and cinnamon. As gingerbreads go this one is on the gentle side, denser than hot water gingerbreads but mild in flavour. If you use stone ground flour it’s sweet, nutty flavour will shine through.

Serve this apple spice cake as a snack cake, tuck it in your kids’ lunchbox or sprinkle it with icing sugar and serve it as a dessert.

It’s that kind of cake – forever adaptable to the occasion.


Easy Apple Spice Cake

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5 from 2 reviews

Easy apple spice cake is a moist, wholesome snack cake made with apple sauce, stone ground flour and lightly spiced with cinnamon and ginger.

  • Author: Crosby’s Molasses
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 portions 1x
  • Category: Cakes


  • 2/3 cup sugar (can be reduce to 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (make your own from local apples)
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger or nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour (stone ground spelt or whole white, if you have it)


  • In one bowl place sifted dry ingredients.
  • In another bowl beat applesauce, molasses, eggs, and soft butter.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  • Beat well by hand or with an electric beater for 3 minutes.
  • Pour into greased and floured 9″ round or square cake pan and bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
  • Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan to finish cooling.
  • To serve, dust with icing sugar and cut into wedges.


  • March 28, 2023


    I would like to make this cake, but I currently only have blackstrap molasses on hand. Can I use that in place of Fancy molasses?

    • March 29, 2023

      Crosby Molasses

      Hello, thank you for your question. It is better to use fancy molasses for this recipe. -Marie from Crosby’s Kitchen

  • January 16, 2023

    Heather Colls

    I serve this with apple sauce. It is so nice together.

  • January 10, 2023


    This is flipping delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    • January 12, 2023

      Crosby Molasses

      Thank you for giving it a 5-star rate :) -Marie from Crosby’s Kitchen

  • October 4, 2020


    A minor comment – Easy Apple Spice Cake – method – on line 6 – it says to remove from pan ‘to finish cooKing’…perhaps a wee typo… is it supposed to say “to finish ‘cooling’ ”?
    I’m going to bake this…looks good/easy and tastey!

  • September 23, 2016

    Kathy Rogers

    I have a question about the easy apple spice cake. In the information before the recipe you say that the cake is lightly spiced with ginger and cinnamon, but in the recipe ingredients it says to use cinnamon and nutmeg. So what do I use the ginger or nutmeg? Thanks

      • September 29, 2016

        Kathy Rogers

        Thanks, Bridget. I made the cake and it’s delicious!

  • September 25, 2013


    apple spice muffin cake can I subusite just all white flour for this reciepe

  • September 25, 2013


    the reciepe for apple spice muffin cake. calls for 2cups of flour stone ground spelt or whole white now I have a new 20 bl bag of all purpose flour white can I use just that and would the measurments be still the same I would appreciate a reply thank you

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