applesauce cake recipe, how to make vegan cake with applesauce

applesauce cake recipe with step by step photos – yet another one bowl recipe of an easy to prepare eggless and vegan sponge cake.

vegan sponge cake, applesauce cake

in this recipe applesauce replaces the eggs. this cake is not made from whole wheat flour. here i used all purpose flour (maida) as i did not want to take any chances with whole wheat flour. thus the cake is light, airy and spongy. though not exactly spongy like the sponge cakes made with eggs, but good enough for an eggless version. since i have had sponge cakes with eggs before, i can compare the taste and texture.

i used homemade unsweetened applesauce. applesauce works very well as a substitute for eggs. also the cake does not taste of apples. you won’t come to know that apples are added in the cake. i have also shared one more version of sponge cake made with condensed milk. you can check the recipe here – sponge cake recipe in cooker.

the recipe is again heavily modified from my home science notes. in the original recipe 3 eggs have been added. many years back, i have also made the egg version. for 1 egg, i have added ¼ cup of applesauce. you can either make the applesauce at home or use store brought one. the recipe is also a vegan recipe.

this vegan sponge cake can be used as base cake for gateaus or for making frosted cakes like black forest cake, pineapple cake and strawberry cream cake.

you can also serve it plain with milk or coffee/tea. usually i make sponge cakes to be served with the evening tea or coffee.

vegan sponge cake

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vegan applesauce cake recipe

4.95 from 18 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:desserts
Cuisine:world
Calories: 1840kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):1 loaf
eggless sponge cake recipe
one bowl light, airy eggless and vegan sponge cake made with applesauce.

INGREDIENTS FOR vegan applesauce cake recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour (maida) or about 185 grams maida
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup oil or 62.5 ml oil - use oil which has a neutral taste and flavor
  • ¾ cup unrefined cane sugar or regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder or 1 scraped vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar or lemon juice

HOW TO MAKE vegan applesauce cake recipe

  • in a mixing bowl, take 3/4 cup apple puree, 1/4 cup oil and 3/4 cup sugar.
  • with a wired whisk, stir this mixture so well that the oil is incorporated evenly.
  • now add 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar or lime juice to this wet mixture.
  • seive the dry ingredients - 1.5 cups maida/all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt directly in the bowl having the wet ingredients.
  • add vanilla powder or scraped vanilla bean or vanilla extract.
  • fold the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients lightly. don't over do.
  • the batter should feel light.
  • pour the batter in the prepared pan.
  • bake at 180 degrees celsius in a preheated oven for 35 to 40 mins.
  • once baked and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, remove the cake from the pan after it cools a bit and then place on a wired rack or tray for the sponge cake to cool down.
  • slice and serve this eggless cake with milk, tea or coffee.

NOTES

this rough nutrition info is for 1 loaf:
Nutrition Facts
vegan applesauce cake recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1840 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 793mg34%
Potassium 740mg21%
Carbohydrates 316g105%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 167g186%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 201mg20%
Iron 9.5mg53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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do’s and don’ts for this vegan applesauce cake recipe

  1. baking soda and baking powder cannot be substituted for each other.
  2. oil gives a really good texture. use oil which has a neutral taste and flavor. if using butter then first mix the sugar with the apple sauce, till the sugar dissolves. then add the butter and with an electric beater beat very well till the mixture is uniform and smooth.
  3. the recipe cannot be doubled or halved. if using salted butter then skip adding pinch of the salt to the batter.
  4. this cake can be made in the convection mode of a microwave oven. not sure about pressure cooker method. you will have to experiment on your own.
  5. recipe uses 1 tbsp fresh apple cider vinegar. but you can add 1 tbsp regular vinegar or lemon juice in place of apple cider vinegar.
  6. whole wheat flour might not work in this recipe. though if you want to add, then i suggest adding half-half of both all purpose flour and whole wheat flour.

note – the step by step pics have been taken in the night.

how to make vegan applesauce cake recipe

1. in a mixing bowl, take ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce, ¼ cup oil and ¾ cup sugar.  also grease a loaf pan measuring 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches with oil or butter. you can also use a round pan of 7 or 7.5 inches diameter. preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius/350 degrees fahrenheit 15 minutes before you start baking. for baking in the convection mode of the microwave oven, use 170 degrees celsius/330 degrees fahrenheit as the preheat temperature.

ingredients for applesauce cake recipe

2. with a wired whisk, stir this mixture so well that the oil is incorporated evenly.

applesauce cake batter mixture

3. now add 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar or lemon juice to this wet mixture.

vinegar for eggless applesauce cake recipe

4. stir and mix again very well.

making eggless applesauce cake batter

5. seive the dry ingredients – 1.5 cups maida/all purpose flour, ½ tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt directly in the bowl having the wet ingredients.

vanilla for eggless applesauce cake recipe

6. add vanilla powder or scraped vanilla bean or vanilla extract.

making eggless sponge cake batter

7. fold the dry ingredients in the wet ingredients lightly. don’t over do.

batter for eggless applesauce cake recipe

8. the batter should feel light. here’s the batter ready to go in a greased pan.

eggless applesauce cake batter

9. pour the batter in the prepared pan.

eggless applesauce cake batter in pan

10. bake at 180 degrees celsius/350 degrees fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes. if top starts to get browned early during baking, then cover with foil or butter paper and continue to bake. depending on the temperature conditions in your oven, it make take less or more time. the final check is a golden top and a tooth pick or wooden skewer coming out clean. for baking in the convection mode of a microwave oven, use the temperature of 170 degrees celsius/330 degrees fahrenheit. again the baking time will vary in the convection mode of your microwave oven

baking applesauce cake recipe

11. once baked and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, remove the cake from the pan after it cools a bit and then place on a wired rack or tray for the sponge cake to cool down.

baked eggless applesauce cake recipe

12. here’s the pic of the cake in daylight. slice and serve this eggless sponge cake with milk, tea or coffee.

eggless applesauce cake recipe

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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85 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassna,
    Let me tell you, I love trying your recipes.They are never disappointing!This was the very first time I tried an eggless cake and turned out so well.Perfectly baked, beautiful texture.Wonderful!
    The only concern I have is the sugar content in it.Applesauce was from the store(high in sugar!) and plus the added sugar.Is there any low sugar/NO sugar method?Will Stevia or something will work in its place?
    Your reply will be much appreciated.
    Thanks
    Ketki4 stars

    • thanks ketaki. i have made the recipe with a no sugar apple sauce (unsweetened). so obviously i have added sugar in the cake batter. whenever you bake anything with store brought stuff, always check for sugar and then add sugar accordingly in the recipe. i have never baked anything with stevia, so not sure how it will work. you can use sweeteners like maple syrup or jaggery or coconut sugar or palm sugar. i would suggest avoid using honey as honey becomes toxic when heated. its better to use homemade apple sauce as there is no sugar or any added preservative or additive in it. also homemade apple sauce can be made in a large quantity and freezed. it stays well for a couple of months.