Applesauce Spice Cake with Lemon Frosting

This is a lovely easy cake to make. One which everyone seems to enjoy.

Applesauce Spice Cake with Lemon Frosting


  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (optional), chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)

for the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons, juiced

Applesauce Spice Cake with Lemon Frosting


Preheat the oven to 350 F / 177 C.
Combine the molasses and the applesauce in a large bowl.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a 2nd bowl, including the chopped walnuts, if using.
Grease an 8 inch square baking pan.

Mix the applesauce-molasses mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until evenly moistened.
Don’t over mix as it will beat out the air.
Pour into the greased baking pan.
Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched.

to make the frosting:
Blend the margarine and powdered sugar together, I use a fork.
One tablespoon at a time, add the lemon juice until it is a smooth, yet thick frosting.
Allow the cake to completely cool before frosting.

3 responses to “Applesauce Spice Cake with Lemon Frosting”

  1. Julia says:

    Hey there!
    I’m really happy about finding your website 🙂
    It has a lot of awesome vegan recipes!
    So..I wanted to make this spice cake, but I have a question..does it really work without any fat (oil, margarine..) in the dough? (Sorry, I’m rather inexperienced, but wanted to ask before doing something wrong)


  2. Chris says:

    Hi Julia,
    Thank you for your comment and question. Yes, this is an amazing cake. It really tastes nice and yes, the recipe is correct. The applesauce is an amazing alternative for many ingredients. We have enjoyed this recipe often. I hope you do too.

  3. trish says:

    should one use sweetened or unsweetened applesauce – will i need to add sugar/use golden syrup if i use unsweetened? thanks

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