Chocolate Applesauce Cake-Your Mouth Will Thank You

Your Mouth Will Thank You

My grandmother was an amazing cook. She always had these wonderful recipes to share. This one was passed down from her mother and maybe further back. My uncle used to breeze through the kitchen while it was cooling and snatch slices to eat on the way. This is wonderful even without the frosting. We would sometimes bake it and eat it warm with butter on it. It is so moist that you don't even need milk to wash it down with. The flavor is fruity and chocolaty, a favor to your taste buds. I know you will enjoy this.

Moist and delicious
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4-5 rounded tablespoons powdered baking cocoa
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter/margarine in your rectangular cake pan in your oven. This will do dual duty of greasing your pan and melting your butter.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Pour all wet ingredients, including melted butter into your mixing bowl and stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Pour into cake pan and bake until edges start to pull back from the sides of pan, about 35 minutes.
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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 12 slices of cake.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 12 slices
Calories 239
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 39 g13%
Sugar 21 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 36 mg12%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
5 stars from 5 ratings of Chocolate Applesauce Cake

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This one sounds like a winner Becky. I love the idea of not frosting a cake from time to time. The richness of this one is very tempting though to go all the way with the topping. Loved that you shared this family treasured recipe here. All the way up and Thanks!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, I know you will love this one. It is a family favorite. I like the frosting with the Hershey's chocolate in it. It is really good with chunky applesauce in it also. The little chunks just add to the enjoyment. It doesn't taste all that rich and decadent but your taste buds love it. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Becky. This looks like my kind of recipe. Just saved it to try at a later date.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Mike, you can make this, it is easier than the zucchini bread. Enjoy it and thanks for coming by to visit.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Fruity and chocolatey reminds me of Christmas treats. I am sure your grandmother's cake is a wonderful recipe. Thanks for the share.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

teaches, The flavor of chocolate and apples is very complementary. I think that you will really enjoy this and not just for its ease to make. The flavor is wonderful. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

My mouth may thank me, but not before my fingers thank you.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Mhatter, LOL!!! Let me know how you like it. Thanks for coming to visit.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh Becky. All I need is this cake and a cup of very strong coffee. Then I would be a happy, happy girl. sigh Thanks for the great recipe. I will just carry some on over to the Emerald Wells Cafe for the other regulars.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dear Hyphen, I knew you would like this cake recipe. It is one that your grandma would have loved. These old recipes are sometimes the best. They don't seem as rich but are so much more satisfying. Thank you for coming by to visit and I will see you at the Cafe.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Chocolate!! This i will make, sounds and looks delicious. Will we be seeing this at the cafe?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What a luscious-looking, tempting cake, Becky. My brain says no, no, no (think of the calories), but my tummy says yes, yes, yes (think of the taste). Guess who will win?


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

always, Hyphen said she was going to drop some off. I have brought some in before, you just missed it. It is delicious and you will love it.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

drbj, the average chocolate cake has 350 calories per slice. This has 240, I think this is better than the normal. Make sure to use no-sugar added applesauce to keep the calories low. Those calories on both are without icing. Add the calories for the icing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Becky, this sounds like my sort of cake - can't wait to try it!

Many thanks:-)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Leslie, It is my kind of cake too. Hope you enjoy it. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Now I will definitely be making this delicious cake Becky. It sounds moist and I love a moist cake.

Am bookmarking this, thank you for sharing this recipe.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Rosemay, it is a very moist cake. You will love it and it will become a favorite because it is so easy to make. Thanks for coming to visit today.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Holy Hannah, this looks good!!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Holy Hannah, it is. TTombs, I always enjoy your visits, you make such great comments. They always make me laugh. Thanks for coming by to make me laugh.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Now I am so hungry for this chocolate cake with applesauce! Never thought of using apple sauce! Voted up and delicious! Thank you, Becky!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Martie, I have people tell me all the time that their Gran made cake with applesauce but I never have had anyone tell me that they have had it with chocolate. You will love this, it is so moist and good. Thank you for coming to visit.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Oh Becky, my mouth is Watering...I've been away, but now I'm back. I would truly try this Recipe of yours, Thanks for sharing!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

b. malin, I am glad to see you back. This is a family favorite and I know you will love it. I am so glad you came to visit.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great looking cake, easy to make and I would think it taste really good. Voted uP!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

moonlake, this is my favorite cake in the world. The flavor of chocolate and apples goes together so well. Try it and I know you will like it. Thank you for the votes and for coming by to visit.


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Sounds great and looks even better Voted up!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

GlstngRosePetals, This is a wonderfully moist and tasty cake. I even like it without frosting and I don't like most cake without frosting. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for coming to visit.


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

This looks so good and seems pretty simple to make. Bookmarking to make this week. YUM!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Becky,

This does sound simple to make and also delicious sounding. Gave it 5 stars! Thanks for giving us this recipe passed down from your grandma.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peggy, This is one of the best cake recipes you could ever try. I use chunky applesauce and prefer to eat it warm. My daughter made me one for my birthday this last week and it was so moist and delicious. It melted in the mouth. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I will definitely keep this in mind the next time we have company. Belated birthday greetings to you!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hope you all enjoy it.


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GhazalisDaughters 3 years ago from Kansas City

This sounds SO GOOD!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

GhazalisDaughters, It IS So Good. Hope you enjoy it. It is easy to make also. LOL


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Becky this does make ones mouth water LOL rated 5 stars :)


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Frank, I love this cake. It is really moist and tasty. Thank you for the five star rating and I appreciate you coming to visit.


Alise- Evon 3 years ago

This sounds interesting. I have used applesauce in several cake recipes, but never with chocolate. I'm copying it on an index card right now.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Alise- Evon, The applesauce does make a marvelously moist cake, doesn't it. I know you will love this one, it is delicious. Thank you for coming to visit.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

This sounds easy to make and delicious, too. I have to try this later. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared;-)


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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

Now this sounds delicious. I think I know what recipe I am going to try this weekend. My goal will be a gluten free version of this. Wish me luck.


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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Yummy! Voted up and shared.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Ooooh. I like the photograph you added. Makes it even more tempting. Now I'm in the mood to bake with the cool snap that has dropped by today. It is the perfect day for baking this one!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Thelma, this is easy and delicious. You will love it. Thanks for the votes and sharing. I appreciate the visit.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Stephanie, You will love it. I will wish you luck on the gluten free version, I have never tried that. I appreciate the visit.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

prettynutjob, I love your name and location. I know you will enjoy. Thanks for coming to visit.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Peg, good to see you. I have really missed y'all since we don't have our gathering place. It has gotten cool here too. Sounds like a good day to make one for me too. You must have missed the photo before, I didn't change it. Still the same one my son snapped with his phone just before my daughter took the first piece out of the pan. Love that you came to visit me. I need to get over and check to see what you have been doing.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Becky you do not have anything new so I come back to revisit a favorite.:)


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Frank, This is a favorite of mine too. I have the recipe memorized. Have you tried it yet? I have a bad writer's block and haven't put anything out lately. I appreciate the visit.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Yeah I did, I did, but I did something wrong I needed Milk to help wash it down.. but it was damn tasty..:)


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I wonder what you did? I have only had to wash it down because it was too moist. Glad you liked it though.


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Lisawilliamsj 2 years ago

This looks delicious and easy to make! I cannot wait to make it. I might even make it today, I think I have all of the ingredients! Thanks for sharing.


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Lisa, so nice to see you today. Yes, it is delicious and very easy to make. Enjoy, I know it will be a favorite now.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Yum this sounds so different and interestingly good. I bet it would be delicious so I will have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing. ^+


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Jackie, applesauce cakes used to be a staple, because they are so easy to make, cheap, and taste so good. They have fallen out of mainstream because the mixes are easier. The chocolate is something that one of my ancestors did. It really adds to the flavor and makes it unique. My whole family loves it and it disappears in a hurry. Hope you enjoy it when you try it.


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lbrummer 22 months ago from Hartington, Nebraska

Oh, this sounds so good and I'm going to give it a try today. Thanks for sharing this family recipe.


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Becky Katz 22 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

lbrummer, you are welcome and you will not ever forget this. Thank you for visiting.


DJ Anderson 22 months ago

Hello, Becky,

I have seen your picture every day on Bill's hub pages. I have always wondered how in the world you are always the first to comment. LOL

That is not the real reason that I write. When I look at your photo, it looks like a very young woman with her lap full of very small children.

This woman is a glutton for punishment with three small children hanging on her. They looked to be younger than school age and you looked to be in your early 20's!!

I just read your reply to Sha's question of how you spend your time. My

heart is saddened learning of your husband's illness. Is there any way that you can get some free or low cost home care? My brother lives in a distant state from me. He is in a bad way and they have home health

care for two hours for two days a week. It gives my sister-in-law a chance to go buy groceries and run errands.

My heart goes out to you, Becky. I will say a little prayer for you and your husband.

Sending positive energy and more bunnies for your back yard.

DJ.

The cake looks scrumptious! I will gain weight by only looking at it. LOL


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Becky Katz 22 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

DJ, I seem to find time to comment about the time he is posting. It is handy. Thank you for saying I am a young woman, those are my grandchildren that were visiting. All four of them piled on and my daughter took pictures. Then she came over and their 27 year old dad took pictures too. I enjoyed having my babies with me that weekend. Two of them were in school at the time, now three of them.

My husband is having some problems right now and my two early 20's kids are helping when they are off work. Since the VA pays me to be his caretaker, they will not help with another caretaker. They will be here today and have already done housework and laundry. It has been a long week and they will help for a couple of days. Then they are back to work for the week and can't help much.

The cake is scrumptious and it is lower in calories than most cakes. It is also tasty enough to eat without frosting, so try it that way. I like it warm with butter on it.


DJ Anderson 22 months ago

"Butter". You are my kind of friend!! ha, ha


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Indeed, except the picture is a little blurr, should taste like brownie


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Becky Katz 22 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

peachpurple, It does have a little resemblance to brownie, except much moister and with applesauce flavor. Sorry about the blur. I did not have a camera and my son came over with his phone. I had him take the picture and his phone camera was not up to the task. I am going to have to remember to get a better picture the next time I make one. Thanks for coming by to visit.


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prettynutjob30 18 months ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

I love using applesauce in my cakes, it makes them so moist, and soft. This recipe looks so delicious, chocolate cake is one of my all time favorites. Great hub, voted up, shared, and so much more.


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rebeccamealey 18 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow! Your cake looks so delicious. I can just taste the moistness. It makes sense to add the apple sauce.


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Becky Katz 18 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

prettynutjob, adding chocolate to the applesauce is a great combination too. Hope you enjoy the actual cake as much.


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Becky Katz 18 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

rebecca, you will love this cake. It is very moist and so much flavor. Thank you for coming by to visit.

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