Easy Apple Spice Cake makes a wholesome snack

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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

Easy Apple Spice Cake is “muffin-simple”.

I think that cakes often get a bad rap. They have this reputation for being a little time consuming to make and suitable for Sunday dinners and special occasions only.

But 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 a moist and wholesome

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

I 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.

Easy Apple spice cake is a moist and wholesome

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

  • 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)
  1. In one bowl place sifted dry ingredients.
  2. In another bowl beat applesauce, molasses, eggs, and soft butter.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Beat well by hand or with an electric beater for 3 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan to finish cooling.
  7. To serve, dust with icing sugar and cut into wedges.

Tip: line the pan with parchment paper for extra easy removal from pan.

If you love snack cakes you might like our whole wheat apple sauce cake recipe

Whole wheat apple sauce cake is wholesome and delicious

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9 thoughts on “Easy Apple Spice Cake makes a wholesome snack

  1. dolly says:

    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

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Dolly. I was sure I already replied to your message but just in case…Yes, your all purpose flour would work just fine with this recipe.

  2. dolly says:

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

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Dolly,
      Yes, you can use regular flour. That’s what the original recipe called for, actually.

  3. Kathy Rogers says:

    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

    1. Hi Kathy, My apologies for the discrepancy. The original recipe called for nutmeg but I always use ginger instead. Thanks for pointing out the error. I have updated the recipe so it should now be clear.

      1. Kathy Rogers says:

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

  4. Jan says:

    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!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Thank you Jan. Not sure what I would do without you and others who are my front line editors. Thanks for pointing out the typo. All corrected now.

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