Cake Mix Applesauce Cake – Applesauce Coffee Cake with Yellow Cake Mix

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Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.

Cake Mix Applesauce Cake:

This Saucy Apple Swirl Cake recipe originated in my Waynesburg Christian Church Cookbook. It grabbed my attention because it only had 6 simple ingredients – cake mix, eggs, applesauce, cinnamon, sugar and powdered sugar (optional for dusting on top).

Here’s the scenario: I needed to whip up dessert for a large group of people who were helping my sister (my blog partner in crime) move. So the recipe needed to be relatively quick, easy to prepare, and it needed to serve a crowd.

This easy applesauce coffee cake using boxed cake mix covered all the bases, and the result was a home-run.  It’s light and moist from the applesauce with a subtle apple flavor.

Applesauce Coffee Cake with Yellow Cake Mix

This particular old fashioned autumn applesauce cake has a cinnamon-swirl center so it makes a delicious coffee cake. Try it for breakfast!  Take your knife and swirl around to get the cinnamon sugar all the way though the cake.

I love how versatile this dessert is. For example, sub in whatever type of cake mix you have on hand including yellow, butter, spiced or butter pecan.  I used unsweetened applesauce; however, cinnamon applesauce or any other applesauce-fruit varieties would work too.

What is the purpose of adding applesauce to a cake?

Applesauce is a replacement for oil or butter which means that an applesauce cake is lower in fat and calories. Use unsweetened applesauce to lower the amount of sugar and calories too. Applesauce also lends to a moist texture in a cake.

Ingredient List for Autumn Apple Cake with Yellow Cake Mix

Dry, Boxed Cake Mix (yellow or white)

Eggs

Applesauce

Ground Cinnamon

White Sugar

Powdered Sugar (optional)

How to Make Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend cake mix, eggs and applesauce until moist; beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour half of the batter into prepared baking dish; sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over top, and then cover with remaining batter.
  5. Take a knife and swirl it in all different directions in the batter.
  6. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan; sprinkle powdered sugar over top if desired.

For the full instructions and ingredient amounts for apple dessert, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Applesauce Cake with Cake Mix:

  • Use whatever flavor of cake mix you have on hand including white, yellow, butter, golden, spice or butter pecan..
  • For a lower sugar content, use unsweetened applesauce. Any type will work.
  • There’s no need for an icing; if desired, sprinkle powered sugar (also known as confectioner’s sugar) over top for a fancy-look and lightly sweet flavor. A mesh sieve like this one works great for this purpose.
  • Serve with coffee for breakfast or whip it up for the perfect dessert.
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Our Favorite Old Fashioned Apple Desserts

Apples are one of our favorite dessert ingredients. Here’s our line-up of apple desserts:

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce is a great dessert that can be made with fresh apples or with a can of apple pie filling. Follow these easy instructions for either version of this yummy warm apple cake. 

Grandma’s Apple Crisp

Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp recipe is a traditional apple crisp without oats. The melt-in-your-mouth crumble topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more.

Sour Cream Apple Squares

Grandma's Sour Cream Apple Squares is an old-fashioned dessert that will have your family begging for more.  These delicious bars have two layers including a creamy apple layer and a sweet brown sugar crust. Serve these with whipped cream just like our Grandma did.

Baked Apple Surprise

Baked Apple Surprise is an old fashioned apple cake recipe.  The ingredients are easy, and it's baked in a pie pan making it a quick dessert or breakfast to get on the table.  Plus, your kitchen will have the aroma of fall with hints of apple and cinnamon.

Apple Cheesecake Salad

Red Hot Cinnamon Apples

Red Hot Candies are not just for eating.  Instead, add them to an old fashioned classic stewed apples to create Red Hot Cinnamon Apples. 

Apple Pudding Cake

Old Fashioned Apple Pudding cake is a easy, moist cinnamon apple cake that tastes great any time of day and any day of the week.  The secret to this moist cake is grated apples, and the amazing flavor comes from cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped nuts.  

 

Cake Mix Applesauce Cake - Applesauce Coffee Cake with Yellow Cake Mix

Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applesauce Cake, Applesauce cake using cake mix, Applesauce Cake with Box Cake Mix, applesauce coffee cake with yellow cake mix, cake mix applesauce cake, Easy Applesauce Cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 15.25 ounces cake mix (white or yellow)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups applesauce
  • powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar), optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar; set aside.
    Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.
  • In a large bowl, blend cake mix, eggs and applesauce until moist. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
    Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.
  • Pour half the batter into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar; cover with remaining batter.
    Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.
  • Take a knife and swirl through the layers.
    Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.
  • Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.
  • Let cool in pan. If desired, sprinkle top of cake with powdered sugar.
    Cake Mix Applesauce Cake is an easy dessert with only 6 ingredients.  Adding applesauce to a boxed yellow cake mix results in a light, moist coffee cake that is irresistible to the young and old alike.

Notes

  • Use whatever flavor of cake mix you have on hand including white, yellow, butter, golden, spice or butter pecan..
  • For a lower sugar content, use unsweetened applesauce. Any type will work. 
  • There's no need for an icing; if desired, sprinkle powered sugar (also known as confectioner’s sugar) over top for a fancy-look and lightly sweet flavor. A mesh sieve like this one works great for this purpose.
  • Serve with coffee for breakfast or whip it up for the perfect dessert.
  • We love apple cake! Try our other favorite with caramel sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg

 

 

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