Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake


I have a sneaky recipe its a bit of a chameleon and a bit of an individual; it came about years ago when people were swapping applesauce for oil in their baking recipes. It got me to thinking about chocolate chip cookies and if I could swap applesauce for the butter? But the thing I never liked about applesauce recipe swaps was it felt deceptive, the applesauce was being hidden and only there as an impostor. But what if instead the applesauce was celebrated for its difference, what if it became part of the main event as opposed to the healthier interloper? What if I made a cake that was both applesauce and chocolate chip cookie?


It’s an easy recipe and one I have made for years since my first cake. I only swap in equal portions applesauce for the butter in the basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, add a little cinnamon and clove to make the applesauce shine, (omit a little sugar as we are trying to be healthier) and voila! Its soft and light from the applesauce, not too sweet, slightly apple kissed with spice, and studded with chocolate chips. I love to keep it in the fridge and pull out slices with a cup of tea!

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter or spray a 8×13 inch baking dish.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and clove in small bowl. Mix applesauce, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in bowl until creamy.


Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared baking dish.


Bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clear. Cool in the pan on wire racks.


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11 2015

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  1. Anne #

    Ra — This sounds delicious!!!
    xo Anne

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