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Whole Wheat Applesauce Loaf Cake

Posted Sep 05 2012 5:49am

You know, I would love to have a bakery someday.

It’s always been a secret little dream of mine, to own my own little bakery and fill it with crusty artisan breads, cinnamon rolls, flaky scones and rustic cakes. I don’t know if it will ever happen, but I’m just putting it out there. I think owning a bakery or boulangerie, rather, would be awesome.

And if I did one day own a bakery, this “rustic cake” would definitely be on the menu at all times. Wow, is it good. I wanted to create an old fashioned applesauce spice cake with cream cheese frosting to celebrate the beginning of fall, and then this happened. I’m so glad it did! I pretty much ate it for breakfast all week long.

And why wouldn’t I? This loaf cake is made with 100% whole wheat flour, chunky unsweetened applesauce and lots of spices. It’s perfect for breakfast {who doesn’t love cream cheese frosting for breakfast?} or a snack anytime!

Gravenstein apple season is a big deal here in Sonoma County. Every year I plan on checking out the apple festival….and every year I miss it completely. I don’t know how that happens.

But I do manage to buy lots of apples and apple products around this time, like local juice and applesauce like the one I used for this recipe.

You could also bake cupcakes {or muffins} using this recipe, or double it and spread it evenly in two 9″ cake pans for a layered applesauce spice cake—perfect for any fall celebration! I don’t know what it is about spice cakes like this but I just can never get enough….especially cold, right out of the fridge.

I mean, I think we have all the major food groups covered here, right? {well, except chocolate, that is}

Whole Wheat Applesauce Loaf Cake

makes 1 loaf cake


1 cup sugar

1 stick butter, softened

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)


1 stick butter, softened

8 oz cream cheese, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan well with cooking spray.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg and keep beating until well combined.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add dry ingredients, along with applesauce, to the wet ingredients and beat until combined.

Spread batter out in greased loaf pan, smooth surface with a rubber spatula, and bake for about 1 hour, until cooked through and golden brown.

To make the icing, just beat together the butter and cream cheese until well combined, then add the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Continue beating on high for 6-8 minutes until light and fluffy. Spread icing on completely cooled loaf and enjoy!


active time – 10 minutes

total time – 1 hr 10 minutes


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