Spiced Applesauce Cake

This vegan Applesauce cake is lightly spiced and incredibly moist. The cake itself is delicious on it's own without frosting if you're looking for a less elaborate baking project.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 8-inch triple layer cake
Author: Crumbs & Caramel


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup neutral vegetable oil (e.g. avocado, canola, sunflower, etc)
  • 1/4 cup baking molasses
  • 4 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line three round 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease the sides.
  • In a large bowl, sift in the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Pour them into the dry ingredients, and stir with a large spoon just until the dry ingredients are blended. Fold in the raisins, being careful not to over mix.
  • Pour the batter equally among the 3 pans and place in the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean (a couple of cooked crumbs is okay).  Let cool for 20 minutes before turning out on a cooling rack. Frost as desired.


This cake can be made in a large bundt pan. Grease the pan well and dust lightly with flour before adding the batter. Bake for 60-70 minutes.
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