Moist apple cake with only the natural goodness of apples for sweetener. Great for kids and people watching their refined sugar intake.

Lynn

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch square cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 inch square baking pan.

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  • Beat the eggs until they drop like ribbons from the beaters. Continue beating and add the oil in a thin stream. Beat in the 1 cup applesauce and the 1 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate.

  • Beat in the flour gradually until well blended. Add the baking soda, ground ginger, ground almonds and apples, mix to combine.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 40 minutes or until the cake tests done. Let cake cool on a rack for 15 minutes before turning out of pan. Cool completely before frosting.

  • Carefully slice the cake in half horizontally with a long serrated knife. Fill and frost with Apple Butter Frosting.

  • To Make Apple Butter Frosting: Beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Gradually beat in the apple butter and remaining 2 tablespoons apple juice concentrate.

Nutrition Facts

402 calories; protein 10.2g 20% DV; carbohydrates 40.6g 13% DV; fat 23.5g 36% DV; cholesterol 67mg 22% DV; sodium 375mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2003
I used this cake for my son's first birthday party. He loved it as did the rest of our guests. I added a bit more juice concentrate to the frosting to give it more flavor. You also have to make sure the top layer of frosting is thick enough because when it sits for a bit the cake looks spotty in areas that have little icing. The hardest part was not tearing the cake when trying to put the two halves back together. I found that you could substitute any unsweetened fruit juice concentrate if you happen to be out of apple. --a sugar conscious mom Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2004
Moist cake that would benefit from the addition of raisins or dates and some more spices like cinnamon and cloves. If you want to really "frost" the cake with the suggested frosting you need to prepare it while the cake is baking and then chill it to thicken it up. You really need to be careful to prepare the pan or it will stick. For those who really must be strict about their diets this isn't a bad option. It isn't flat and tasteless as so many are and it doesn't call for odd or difficult to find ingredients. I will try it again. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2004
Moist cake that would benefit from the addition of raisins or dates and some more spices like cinnamon and cloves. If you want to really "frost" the cake with the suggested frosting you need to prepare it while the cake is baking and then chill it to thicken it up. You really need to be careful to prepare the pan or it will stick. For those who really must be strict about their diets this isn't a bad option. It isn't flat and tasteless as so many are and it doesn't call for odd or difficult to find ingredients. I will try it again. Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2003
I used this cake for my son's first birthday party. He loved it as did the rest of our guests. I added a bit more juice concentrate to the frosting to give it more flavor. You also have to make sure the top layer of frosting is thick enough because when it sits for a bit the cake looks spotty in areas that have little icing. The hardest part was not tearing the cake when trying to put the two halves back together. I found that you could substitute any unsweetened fruit juice concentrate if you happen to be out of apple. --a sugar conscious mom Read More
(22)
Rating: 2 stars
12/20/2007
I followed this recipe to the exact and I tell ya I feel like I wasted a lot of money making this cake. It has no flavor at all Im always looking and trying new recipes to make for my mom that is sugar free. I actually throwed it out. It was that bad. It really needs some other flavors in it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2003
I love sweet stuff and this satisfied my sweettooth. I am a swimmer and before big swim meets I try to reduce the amount of suger I eat. My brother opted out of eating any and my sister tried it and hated it. My parents both loved it though. I would recommend this recipe to everyone. And if you need to add a little bit of sugar. I didn't and it still tasted great! Also don;'t use too much frosting on the inside because if its too thin on the top it will look like its green and moldy:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/13/2002
A very healthy cake. Is a bit plain though. I recommend getting cream cheese frosting from a can to even out the healthfulness of the cake. Still healthy!!:) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/14/2012
bland no flavor tasted like baked flour.. if not for icing would have no flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2005
The cake was yummy and moist. Perfect for us sugar-concious! I used a mixture of millet spelt and barley flour instead. -- I would recommend doubling the frosting recipe. I too had issues with not enough coverage (and it does look like mold!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2013
I and my kids are pretty finicky so I'm not quite sure why this recipe is getting a bad rap! After reading the reviews I still wanted to try it since one of my kiddos displays auspergers-like symptoms when he's on sugar but still deserves to have cake every now and then. I added a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and 2 tsps of vanilla since people complained of blandness. Still I was skeptical but it was wonderful to me... and more importantly to my kids (one is having a piece with her breakfast right now)! Maybe it's just because we've been off of sugars and artificial sweeteners for a while now... but I don't think so. We're typically a pretty hard win! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2007
I had to bake it 30 min longer Was'nt to bad for no sugar Read More
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