This moist spice cake starts with a simple mix, but makes a wonderful breakfast or snack cake. This is the easiest Applesauce Cake I have ever made!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 - 8x4 inch loaf pans
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8x4 inch loaf pans.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, instant pudding mix, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add the applesauce, oil, eggs and water. Blend for 3 to 4 minutes using an electric mixer. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

1156 calories; protein 16.2g; carbohydrates 174.3g; fat 45.2g; cholesterol 251.4mg; sodium 1684.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
What a GEM of a recipe...Thanks eagles1955 Beware this makes 2 loaf pans NOT 3 as stated. Made a few minor changes added 1/4 tsp ground cloves and 1/3 each chopped pecans and raisins the loaves came out perfect in evey way very moist and tasty... If you like this recipe try Country Banana Bread from this site. It uses a yellow cake mix as a base also Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/12/2003
Unfortunately I believed the instuctions and made it into 3 loaves. This resulted in a very dry cake (after only 40 minutes of cooking time!) I found it very bland and tasteless. Wish these recipes could be tested before being printed. Read More
(7)
53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
What a GEM of a recipe...Thanks eagles1955 Beware this makes 2 loaf pans NOT 3 as stated. Made a few minor changes added 1/4 tsp ground cloves and 1/3 each chopped pecans and raisins the loaves came out perfect in evey way very moist and tasty... If you like this recipe try Country Banana Bread from this site. It uses a yellow cake mix as a base also Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2010
Very moist and delicious! I baked the entire batter in a bundt cake pan, then served it drizzled with warm carmel sauce. It was fabulous! The cake is terrific alone...but adding a bit of carmel sauce (for ice cream) made it out of this world! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2008
very good. I didn't have instant pudding so I left it out. I sprinkled cinnamon sugar over the top before baking. Great flavor, I will definatly make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2004
I really like the use of the loaf pans, one cake for now and one for the freezer. Definitely use two not three loaf pans. I topped the cakes with a lemon iceing that added a lot of flavor. I also used apple juice instead of water. I will make this cake again using a spice cake mix and using less spices. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2011
Oh my goodness did this really start life in a box??? This cake is just so moist and flavorful, really was a most pleasant surprise. I did make a couple of changes, not sure that the recipe needed these tweaks but knowing my own tastes thought I should. I doubled both the amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon, I used apple juice in place of the water and walnut oil in place of the vegetable oil. So delighted with the finished cake. I made one large cake instead of the 3 loafs the recipe states and cooked for 60 minutes, perfect! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2004
Glad I read the reviews before I made this definitely use only 2 loaf pans. I added the suggested raisins & walnuts & added 1/4 tsp each cloves & ginger yummy! Easy nice & moist. Next time I would add a topping perhaps some a drizzled butter cinnamon sugar mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2008
This is yummy! Okay I confess; I went in a different direction by using Jell-O's Pumpkin Spice pudding mix which left it with a very nice but very mild pumpkin flavor. Also I didn't have any nutmeg so I used pumpkin pie spice (still used the cinnamon too though). Lastly I substituted orange-pineapple juice instead of the water for flavor & to give it a little citrusy note. All in all the flavor is very good; it's a like a lighter less intense less dense version of a pumpkin bread. I bet it would be really good with spice cake mix instead of yellow! Also I think it would be great with raisins currants and/or nuts added to it. Read More
(10)
Rating: 2 stars
11/11/2003
Unfortunately I believed the instuctions and made it into 3 loaves. This resulted in a very dry cake (after only 40 minutes of cooking time!) I found it very bland and tasteless. Wish these recipes could be tested before being printed. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
My 4 year old loves to make and eat this bread. We found that 2 -9 inch loaves work the best, and they are ready after 42 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Easy and very tasty! Read More
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