This applesauce spice cake is another quick and easy mix in the pan cake, so there are no bowls or beaters to wash because all the ingredients are just measured into the baking pan and mixed. Easy to make and very, very good… this recipe is a keeper!

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vinegar

Heat oven to 350°F.

Measure all the dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, baking soda, allspice, and salt) into the 8-inch UNGREASED square pan. Use a whisk to mix all the dry ingredients together.

Pour the wet ingredients (water, applesauce, oil, and vinegar) into the flour mixture and stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, but do not beat or over-mix.

Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Serve plain or dust with powdered sugar.

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Hal McCoy

I’ve never made a cake before, but this recipe looked pretty easy, so yesterday I thought I’d give it a try. I took it slow and easy and followed the directions exactly, and the cake was delicious! Much better than anything I can buy. I wouldn’t be afraid to do it again, and now I’m even thinking about making your chocolate cake too. Thanks!


This is a wonderful cake, it reminds my of one my mother used to make when I was a little girl. Thanks for sharing and stimulating old memories. :o)


I made this recipe and added raisins and nuts. The cake was wonderful. And so easy!!!


Nice spice taste. I like the easyness of the recipe but it’s really good too. Thanks.

Shirley (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity)

I’m so glad that you tried the recipe. It’s a great cake, isn’t it?


I tried this today and we loved it (my 6 and 3 year old included)! Thank you!


I swear by your chocolate cake and make it for every occasion. I am going to add this one to my recipe book because I know it will be perfect. Thanks


Thank you for sharing your recipes. I made a chocolate cake for my nephew, but it wasn’t this easy. I wanted more recipes to bake goodies for him. He is allergic to soy and egg products. He loves donut holes, snack cakes, and just goodies. It breaks him out and he throws up a lot. Please send me more eggless, soy-free desserts. He is my 4 year old great nephew. Thank you,

Shirley (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity)

Mary, did you try the mix-in-the-pan chocolate cake? That doesn’t have eggs or soy as well and is a really delicious and easy cake to make.


So good and so easy! This recipe is a snap to make and it tastes delicious. Thank-you.


Do you have any egg and soy free donut and donut holes recipes? Also in your applesauce spice cake recipe, can I just blend up some apples for the applesauce?Last, can I make muffins from your chocolate cake recipe and cookies? Thank you, Mary

Shirley (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity)

Mary, all my donut recipes do require eggs, but you can make any recipe soy-free by using a soy-free oil or butter. I have only made the applesauce cake with applesauce. The chocolate cake could be baked as cupcakes, but the batter is too thin to make cookies.


Hi! I am about to make this cake this morning. It looks like the one my Granny used to make when I was little. I can’t wait! Thanks!


Thanks so much for this recipe. I did not have allspice, but used Pumpkin pie spice instead and it turned out great!


love your chocolate cake. can the champion spongecake be used for cupcakes?

Shirley (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity)

Maria, I suppose it could, but I don’t remember ever making cupcakes with that recipe. It’s wonderful as a cake… my favorite.


Thank you for sharing this cake! My 15 month old son is very allergic to eggs and dairy and I am having to relearn to cook without them. I admit I was skeptical about “mixing in the pan” but as I write this, the cake is in the oven and it smells amazing — even more astonishing is how fluffy it looks! Something in your ingredients made science-magic happen (maybe the vinegar and soda?) — wow! (Used 1/2 tsp each cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp ground ginger instead of allspice and added about 1/2 diced apple)


Oh MY GOODNESS… My husband’s favorite is your chocolate cake…but mine is the applesauce cake… YUM…

I too made a change in the spices… my sister sent me a Holiday Spice Grinder from S Africa… it has cloves, orange peel… and a few other spices in it… I added 1 tsp of the grinder and 1 tsp of cinnamon… I made it before I went to bed… and was too tired to wait for it too cool.. so I had to wait until this morning to try it..

Applesauce cake for breakfast… YUM!!

Thanks for sharing… and keep them coming!!


I didn’t have allspice or apples, so I made this with cinnamon and finely chopped pear. DELICIOUS!!!! I might actually like this one better than the chocolate!!


I was searching for an easy applesauce cake to make with my nearly 4-year-old daughter and this looks like just the ticket. (We’re nearly out of butter, have few eggs and we made applesauce together two days ago.) I’ll let you know how she likes it. She’s been a willing helper and is an eager learner now.


I came upon your sight looking for applesauce cakes.
We have been putting up homemade applesauce, so your cake recipe was a blessing.It is delicious and moist, does not need frosting. I will be making this cake tomorrow for a birthday.Thank you for sharing.


Shirley, Thank you so much for the soy free recipes. My mother is 84 and found out she is allergic to Soy,Peanuts and Corn. The Mayo recipe will be a big help. The ease of the recipes is wonderful. She has to buy bread at health food stores, there is only one restaurant that has food not prepared with soy (in her area), and she is not eager to go back to baking her own bread, but these recipes should be a big help.


I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top before baking and it came out perfect!