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Easy Applesauce Cake Recipe for Kids

Updated on August 4, 2012
Easy applesauce cake that the kids will love to make.
Easy applesauce cake that the kids will love to make. | Source

This easy to make applesauce cake will be a family favorite.

Applesauce cake has a lovely apples-and-cinnamon flavor that goes perfectly with any occasion - even breakfast! The recipe is easy to make and and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. The simple instructions and relatively short preparation time make it ideal for kids (with some supervision, as needed).

Baking is not only fun for kids, but it is a great learning tool.

Kids love to help in the kitchen. Although it can be a somewhat chaotic and messy experience, it can be a lot of fun as well. Helping to cook and prepare meals can also be an important educational experience. Not only do kids learn about the fundamentals of cooking, but they also get to learn some basic skills that will help them in school. Here are some tips to help your child get the most out of your time together in the kitchen.

Reading

Cooking is a great way for your child to practice reading skills. A child who might be reluctant to sit down with a book is usually excited to read a recipe, especially knowing that something delicious will result from the effort. As you are baking this cake, have your child read the ingredients list out loud. Even fairly young children should be able to read parts of the list. Given them assistance as needed.

Counting

Ask your child to count the number of ingredients involved. How many bowls will you need to prepare the batter? How many baking pans do you need? How many eggs? How many cups of flour? This is an especially great excersize for younger children who are learning to understand the value of being able to count. Older children can talk about fractions. How do you measure a 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon if you don't have a measuring spoon in that exact size?


Stirring some of the applesauce cake ingredients together.
Stirring some of the applesauce cake ingredients together. | Source

Measuring

Have your child look at the different forms of measurement involved in the recipe - cups, teaspoons, etc. Talk about how many ounces are in a cup and how many cups are in a quart, a gallon, etc. 

Cooking Basics

Talk to your child about the differences between wisking, beating, folding, blending, etc. Explain the different ingredients and how they work together. What would happen if you left out the flour? The eggs? What is the purpose of baking soda?

Nutrition

Review the nutrition information and talk about it. Where does this cake fit into the food groups? What are its nutritional benefits?

Applesauce Cake Recipe

This recipe is simple to follow and allows for a little bit of adjusting-to-taste. For example, I typically leave out the cloves and the allspice. However, if you want a slightly richer, spicier flavor, you might want to leave them in. Additionally, since my family loves raisins I usually add an extra handful (or two).

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Approximately 24 servings
Some of the ingredients for applesauce cake.
Some of the ingredients for applesauce cake. | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar, use slightly less if the applesauce is sweetened
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves, optional
  • 1/2 tsp allspice, optional
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease two 9x5x3 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
  3. Once the dry ingredients are thoroughly combined, add the applesauce, shortening, water and eggs.
  4. Stir in the raisins.
  5. Pour into greased pans and bake 45 - 50 minutes, or until a golden brown color. A toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 184
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 34 g11%
Sugar 22 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 18 mg6%
* 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.
Applesauce cake ready to eat!
Applesauce cake ready to eat! | Source

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

      This looks really good. When I was a kid, my mom used to make the world's worst applesauce cake. She was diabetic and was always looking for ways to cut sugar out of our diets. I still find myself running the other way when someone posts anything using applesauce as that was one of her favorite "sweeteners." I would actually try this recipe! Voted up and more.

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Thanks Ttoombs! Wow - I don't blame you for running the other way when it comes to recipes that feature applesauce. Glad you checked this one out though - especially since it also has plenty of sugar.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds like it would be really tasty. Forget the kids - I want to make it for myself! Voted up.

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Thanks Crystal! When I started mixing my most recent batch I actually intended it for myself but when my daughter and her friend found out they pretty much took it over the process and baked it themselves. Fortunately it makes two cakes - one for them and one for me. LOL!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This is a simple and delicious recipe for kids. Yeah, I was going to say and for the mommies too. voted up awesome!

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Thanks lovedoctor926! It is definitely good for mommies too!

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Looks quick, easy and delicious! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Thanks Suzanne! It is definitely a family favorite!

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      Twila Nelson 3 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Thank you Jenn-Anne, I love to cook with the family and your recipe is perfect. I love they way your amazing HubPages article includes the family and we will definitely be using your tips in our home. Have a wonderful day.

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Thanks Twilanelson! Hope you enjoy it! It's a favorite of both my daughter and myself.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I sure love applesauce cake and will definitely be making this. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Thanks FlourishAnyway! I hope you enjoy!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago

      I am a Kindergarten teacher and we made this in class yesterday. We made cupcakes instead of loaves. The kids LOVED helping and enjoyed the cupcakes (even the kids who said "I don't like applesauce). Thank you for the recipe. I would like to put a link to this recipe on my school webpage. Is that OK?

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Hello and thank you so much for your comment! I'm glad the kids enjoyed helping and I think doing cupcakes is a wonderful idea! You are more than welcome to post a link on the school webpage. Thanks again!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds like a good ol' fashioned spice cake. Expect you know you can substitute applesauce for the cooking oil requirement in cake mixes. Helps cut down on fat making a cake a little less unhealthy. Great recipe and a wonderful idea to include the children!

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      Jenn-Anne 2 years ago

      Thanks Au Fait! Yes, it is a variety of spice cake, which allows for some flexibility in the recipe. Plus, it's a reasonably healthy cake option and fun to make!

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      Sanghita Chatterjee 15 months ago from Kolkata

      Hi Jenn, I would like to try out this simple recipe. I do not have an oven but I do have a Microwave Oven. Will it be possible to bake in that?

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