Applesauce Cake!

Getting a taste of his birthday cake

Getting a taste of his birthday cake

We’re working around some food sensitivities/intolerances/allergies, so I knew I couldn’t make a typical cake for my little guy’s first birthday. It seems like most of the “healthy first birthday cake” Google results used bananas, which he’s allergic to, so it took some digging. 🙂 When I found this recipe from Tia’s Kitchen, I knew it was “the one”! I did some tinkering with it, though, with the most drastic change being the amount of sugar (cut in half from original). My version is below, and the original is here! It was delicious! I frosted it with coconut oil “buttercream” frosting with a dash of pumpkin spice added. I’m storing the leftover cake in the fridge to keep the frosting from getting runny since the house is fairly warm.

Applesauce Cake
Prep Time: 20 mins
Bake Time: 35-40 mins
Servings: 12
  • 2 Flax Eggs **
  • 1 ½ cups Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ½  cup Brown Sugar (or ½ cup white sugar, cane sugar, turbinado sugar, or coconut sugar plus 1 heaping tsp molasses)
  • ½ cup Oil (melted coconut oil, light olive oil, etc.)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice (OR use cloves and/or ginger… or all 3!)
  • 1/8 tsp cloves (optional)
  • ¼ tsp ginger (optional)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  1. Make flax eggs; set aside in the fridge.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  3. Mix applesauce and sugar.
  4. Add flax eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix.
  5. Add dry ingredients; mix until just combined.
  6. Bake in square 8″ by 8″ or 9″ by 9″ pan for 35-40 minutes; test with toothpick. Toothpick should come out clean. (You can also use a round 8″ or 9″ cake pan.)
Regular Eggs – If you can eat eggs, use 2 regular eggs for the flax eggs
Flax Eggs: To make 2 flax eggs, grind 1 TB of whole flax seeds finely (this gives you 2 TB of ground “flax meal”) and combine with 5 TB water. Let sit in the fridge for 5-15 minutes. The below links tell you more about this easy process! (Some people use 3 TB of water per flax egg. I’ve done it with 2.5 TB and 3TB and got good results with both.)
Amazing Applesauce Cake with Coconut Oil "Buttercream"Amazing Applesauce Cake with Coconut Oil “Buttercream” Frosting
Want to print a text-only version of this recipe? Download the document here.
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