Healthy and Nutritious Applesauce Cake

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This week the High Five Moms are sharing about preserving Fall’s harvest.

Nothing says fall to me like freshly picked apples!

I planned to share an applesauce recipe with you, but there are so many great tutorials on the web already, it seemed a bit redundant to add another here. So, after you’ve made (or bought) some appleauce, you might enjoy this healthy treat: Applesauce cake.

This cake is made with whole food ingredients and whispers Fall with each bite.

Applesauce Cake

Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon dried nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
3/4cup raisins
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 stick butter
1 large egg
1 cup sucanat (a whole food sugar)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups applesauce

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Stir together the flour, soda, baking powder, and spices.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until combined, then  add a cup of the dry ingredients, then add 1/4 cup of the applesauce and stir to incorporate.

Continue alternating wet and dry ingredients.

Add the raisins, walnuts, and vanilla and stir to distribute evenly.

Pour  into a greased and floured bundt pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a  toothpick comes out clean.

Cool the cake in the pan and turn onto a plate or serving platter.

Leave the cake unfrosted for a tasty, quick-bread snack. If you would like more of a dessert feel, drizzle with you favorite cream cheese frosting. I love this Maple cream cheese frosting from Smitten Kitchen. The original recipe calls for the cake to be dusted with powdered sugar (which is not a real food ingredient! So you make the call of that one).

Visit the other High Five Moms:

Andie @ Happy Andersons

Jasmine @ Ponder the Path

Brandy @ The Marathon Mom

Keri Mae @ The Happy Home

This post is being shared at Raising Homemakers and Real Food Wednesday.

Comments

  1. Baking with apples in autumn is just so comforting! The recipe for this cake sounds delicious. I’ll have to get my cake pan out and get in the kitchen! ;)

  2. I can already smell it baking while I whip up some fresh cream to put on top of a good sized slice. Mmm…

  3. This sounds delicious. I enjoy apple cakes, but I haven’t done a whole lot of baking with whole wheat flour. I may have to experiment with this one.

    • Hi Amy,

      Baking with whole wheat flour is not always easy. Sometimes I only substitute half the flour for whole wheat, so it doesn’t turn out too heavy or “wheaty” tasting.

      I also have a wheat grinder which makes it easier since grinding soft white wheat berries makes a very nice pastry flour for baking. I use it is most of my muffins and quick breads (and some cakes).

      I believe you can purchase whole wheat pastry flour at the health food store. I haven’t bought any, but I do know that whole wheat pastry flour has a more subtle flavor than regular wheat flour and is especially good in baked goods.

      Hope you have some success with it :) Thanks for stopping by!

      • Stacy -

        Thank you for the extra information. Since I’m new to using this kind of flour, that is very helpful to know!

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  5. Dawna Sharp says:

    Kudos to you on this recipe. Absolutely wonderful. I mixed softened cream cheese, cane sugar & vanilla for the topping. Amazing!!!

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