Sweet Apple Cake

A couple of weeks ago I gave you the recipe for an apple protein cake that I whipped up.

That is a great low-cal, high-protein healthy snack, but sometimes you just want cake.

This is the recipe that my protein cake was based off (I am posting them in reverse order!). I came up with it because my church was having a fundraising bake sale and I wanted something that could be easily sold. This cake slices up into squares perfectly, so I packaged three squares in a treat bag.

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This is sweet, yet still light from the apple. And, of course, I healthified it slightly, so it’s not exactly like you’re being unhealthy eating this cake! It’s sweetened naturally, and instead of butter I used a mixture of coconut oil and applesauce.

Ooh – and before I get to the recipe, let me take the opportunity to wish my brother-in-law Jon a happy birthday! It’s a busy birthday time in the summer, right? Mine was July 1st, my cousin’s and godmother’s birthdays were July 3rd, my brother-in-law’s mother’s birthday was July 4th, and now my brother-in-law’s today. Something about July I guess!

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Sweet Apple Cake

INGREDIENTS (serves 9):

3/4 cup granular sweetener of choice (I used half NuNaturals baking blend and half maple sugar)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 eggs
3 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour of choice (I used spelt)
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
4-5 apples, cored, peeled and diced


1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Cream oil and sweetener together in a large mixing bowl, till well incorporated. Add eggs one by one until blended, then add vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl blend flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Fold in diced apples.

5. Batter will be very thick – don’t worry! Spoon and press into a greased square baking dish. Reserve one of the sliced apples for topping the cake, and press apple slices into the top of the cake – 3 across and 3 down if you want each square to have an apple slice in the top!

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool, then slice into 9 squares and serve with ice cream or whipped cream on top.

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Nutrition per square if cake makes 9 squares:

178 cals
5.5g fat (2.5g sat)
27mg cholesterol
110mg sodium
32.3g carbs (4.5g fibre)
2.7g protein


  1. This looks lovely Anna! I love the slices of apple you put on top! I would definitely purchase a slice of this a the bake sale 🙂

    That’s so funny about the July birthdays, and all right at the beginning too. The first week of July must feel like one giant party for your family!

  2. Ooh, sweet apple cake does that look good! I bet you sold out! 🙂

  3. Mmmm delicious Anna! Apple/cinnamon desserts are among my favorite fruit ones, that and blueberries too! I would love to recreate this recipe now and then especially in the fall 🙂

    • Apple cinnamon work SO well together, though you can omit cinnamon from time to time and apple dishes will taste less fall-like, which allows for them to be enjoyed year-round! Blueberries are fabulous. I’m about to go berry picking tomorrow so I have a feeling there will be more than a few berry recipes on the blog soon!

  4. These look beautiful Anna 🙂 So pretty! I bet everyone bought these the first second they saw them!

  5. sometimes you want cake? how about i always want cake!

  6. So funny! My cousin just baked a very similar recipe for us last night. I need to show her yours though because the apples on top add a special touch : )

  7. Yum! I love to have baked items with whole chunks of apple in them! It’s just so appealing to me. Funny about the July birthday thing, I know. My best friend from high school had hers yesterday and my mom’s is at the end of the month! Lots o’ summer babies!

  8. Wow these look absolutely amazing – think I’m going to give them a go this weekend! I’m thinking fresh out of the oven with some vanilla fro-yo. Thanks so much.

  9. this looks delicious! yummm haha something to try this weekend!

  10. I swear we are long lost twins or something! Ok, not really, but our lives are so similar! June is full of birthdays and anniversaries for me including mine, the hubs, my niece, etc. etc. this cake also looks mighty tasty!

  11. Yum, I’m definitely going to have to make this in the fall when the apples are at their best! My family has the same thing with July birthdays, my grandpa’s was on Thursday, one of my uncles has his in a week or so and mine is at the end of the month. Crazy how that happens!

  12. Yum, these look awesome! I don’t actually like cooked apples unless they are in sauce form, but I bet it would be good with other fruit added 🙂 Happy bday to your BIL!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try it out..

    Also, happy belated birthday to you girl.. and to your brother.. and mine is on TUESDAY! 🙂

  14. Mmm…I’m such a sucker for anything that combines apples and cinnamon. It’s one of my guilty pleasures! These bars sound absolutely delicious. I’m glad everyone enjoyed them! (:

  15. Oooh, I love apple flavored treats! I always am in the mood for cake. 🙂 This looks so good. And happy bday!

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