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Monday, February 22, 2021

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, a small batch recipe!

Looking for a delicious single-layer cake that will satisfy your dessert needs? Well, you have come to the right place! This Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake is moist, flavorful, and oh yes, has chocolate chips! Serve it plain or glazed, and offer whipped cream for those that are really celebrating!

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, a single-layer cake perfect for smaller families.
This spicy applesauce chocolate chip cake has become a favorite around here! And especially for my hubby who loves everything and anything chocolate or with chocolate as part of the flavor. Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake is dense (in the very best way possible!), moist with applesauce, and flavored with spices and of course, those chocolate chips.


This cake has been transformed three times in my kitchen. Years ago I came across the original recipe over at Nobel Pig. And just like her cake, my cake was too stubborn to come out of the pan! And also like her cake, my Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake did not go to waste! Proof that looks don't really matter when there is a delicious taste involved!


The first transformation was to trick the batter into allowing the chocolate chips to stay suspended, and it worked. Because the chocolate chips would fall to the bottom of the bundt pan, and that made getting the cake out in one piece, darn near impossible! From there, I made Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake into the most delicious whole wheat cake, we had ever eaten!  

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake.

And now this latest transformation is for a single-layer cake to enjoy. Perfect for our smaller family needs. And I am proud to say, nothing was lost in the transformation! It is still dense (in the best possible way!), moist with applesauce, and flavored with spices. And no, I did not forget about the chocolate chips!


One thing has remained through all three transformations, this is a saucepan cake. You simply melt some butter, dump in a few more ingredients, and stir...what are you waiting for! 

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • butter
  • oil
  • sugar
  • applesauce
  • vanilla
  • egg
  • whole wheat flour
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom
  • ground cloves
  • ground pepper (yep, don't leave this out!)
  • salt
  • cocoa
  • chocolate chips
You will also need the following:
  • medium-sized saucepan
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • layer cake pan
  • whisk
  • silicone spatula
  • pan spray 
or 
  • parchment paper
Now we are ready to begin!

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, serve plain or glazed.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake
adapted from: Noble Pig
350-degree oven

1/4 c butter melted and cooled
1/4 c oil
3/4 c sugar
1 t vanilla
3/4 c applesauce
1 egg

1 13/4 c whole wheat flour - (use slightly rounded measures for whole wheat flour)
1/2 t soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cardamom
1/8 t ground cloves
1/8 t ground pepper
1/4 t salt
2 t cocoa

1 c chocolate chips

Place butter into a medium-sized saucepan, begin melting over medium heat.

When almost melted, remove the pan from the burner, the butter will continue to melt. When melted, add oil, sugar, and vanilla.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, easy to make!

Stir well. Add egg, and the applesauce whisking well.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, this is one easy cake to make!

Add whole wheat flour, soda, salt, cocoa, and spices. Beat well with the whisk.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake.

Spoon 3-4 spoonsful of batter into the bottom of a prepared 8 or 9-inch layer pan, spread evenly to coat the bottom completely.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, use this layering trick to keep the chocolate chips from falling to the bottom!

Stir chocolate chips into the remaining batter, in the saucepan.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, stirring in the chocolate chips!

Spoon batter evenly over the bottom of the layer pan.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, ready to bake.


Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until done in your oven.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, fresh from the oven.

Remove let cool 8-10 minutes.

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake!

Carefully turn out onto a serving plate. Let cool completely. 

Serve plain, or with a glaze. Whipped cream is always desired!

Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake

We usually serve this slice of heaven with a bit of whipped cream. But should you need something a bit more festive for say a birthday, here is the perfect chocolate glaze to pour over the top...


Boiled Fudge Glaze
adapted from cooks.com

2 T butter
2 T milk
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c chocolate chips
1/2 t vanilla

Bring butter, milk, and sugar to a simmer while stirring constantly. 

Let simmer for about 1 minute. 

Remove from heat, stir in chocolate chips and vanilla. 

Continue stirring to melt the chocolate chip. 

Immediately pour over the top of the cake. Gently spread to the edges if desired.

Important: this glaze sets up very quickly, you will leave spread marks if not careful. But never fear, the taste will be marvelous!


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Storage options for Applesauce Spice Chocolate Chip Cake. Covered loosely the cake will keep well at room temperature for up to two days. After two days it would be best to store it in the refrigerator. I do not recommend freezing this cake if glazed. 


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  1. Looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope you have a great week and are staying warm.

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  3. oh yummy my grandmother made an applesauce cake but I can not recall if there were chocolate chips in hers or not... it sounds great to me and she was a great cook so there may have been
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    1. When I first saw this recipe, I was skeptical, but it is delicious! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  4. Looks wonderful. I do like chocolate and chocolate chip cake but I love whipped cream and that fudge icing! amazing.

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    1. The chocolate chips do not compete for the flavor, it all comes together deliciously! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  5. Sounds so good, you!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Monthly Link Party 22. Shared!

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    1. Thank you Dee! I appreciate sharing with Grammy's Grid unlimited monthly party! Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  6. Mmmm - A Sunday morning on the deck with coffee food. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. Thank you Helen, I appreciate sharing with you at What's For Dinner!

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  7. Your cake sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. This is one of our favorites! My hubby in particular loves the glaze...thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  9. Congratulations, your post has been featured on Full Plate Thursday,526 and we pinned it to our features board. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!
    Miz Helen

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