Applesauce Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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recipe by Caoimhe at Drop

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 15mins
  • Serves icon
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based on 2 ratings

When you picture apple cake, it's usually a sliced apple pie or a sturdy carrot cake-like loaf. This super moist cake uses homemade applesauce for an incredibly tender finish, gently spiced with cinnamon and ginger. The frosting may be my favorite part of the whole cake, adding sweetness without being overpowering. This one-bowl recipe is suitable for newbie and experienced bakers alike.

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recipe updated Oct 9, 2019


  • Egg icon
    2 (about 100 g)
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    2 cups (about 259.2 g)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    1 tbsp (about 7.95 g)
  • Ground ginger icon
    Ground ginger
    1 tbsp (about 5.55 g)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    1 ½ tsp (about 4.27 g)
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda
    2 tsp (about 9.3 g)
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    ½ cup (about 102 g)
  • Buttermilk icon
    ½ cup (about 120 g)
  • Applesauce icon
    1 ½ cups (about 396 g)
  • Canola oil icon
    Canola oil
    ¼ cup (about 72.86 g)
  • Cream cheese icon
    Cream cheese
    170 g (about ¾ cup)
  • Sour cream icon
    Sour cream
    2 tbsp (about 30 g)
  • Maple syrup icon
    Maple syrup
    3 ¼ tbsp (about 68.16 g)


  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Springform pan - 9 x 3"
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Small bowl

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 180°C
  2. Line in cake tin then set aside
  3. Grease
  4. Add all purpose flour, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, kosher salt and baking soda to a clean large mixing bowl
  5. Mix gently until combined and continue
  6. Add egg, granulated sugar, buttermilk, applesauce and canola oil to the large mixing bowl
  7. Whisk gently until combined then scrape bowl
  8. Whisk carefully until completely mixed
  9. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to springform pan
  10. Bake - 55 min, 180°C
  11. Get
  12. Add cream cheese, sour cream and maple syrup to the springform pan
  13. Blend vigorously until smooth
  14. Remove
  15. Let cool on round wire rack
  16. Remove
  17. Frost generously
  18. Serve
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