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Sourdough Applesauce Cake


sourdough applesauce cake

Prepare for a flavor adventure with this delicious sourdough applesauce cake! The star of the show here is definitely the applesauce. It doesn’t just make the cake crazy moist, but it adds a delightful freshness to each bite. It pairs perfectly with a tangy sourdough starter, which creates a rich texture that is just so lovely.

This dessert is a lovely dish to bring to a holiday dinner or simply just to enjoy the taste of fall. You can dress it up with a sweet frosting, or powdered sugar, or just keep it as is because it is absolutely heavenly!

Sourdough Applesauce Cake

Why add applesauce to a cake?

Adding applesauce to a cake serves several purposes, contributing both flavor and texture enhancements. Here are a few reasons why applesauce is a popular ingredient in cake recipes:

  • Moisture
  • Natural Sweetness
  • Health Benefits
  • Flavor Enhancement
  • Natural binding agent: don’t have any eggs? No problem! Applesauce is an excellent replacement for eggs in most recipes as it helps keep the ingredients together.
Sourdough Applesauce Cake

A few pro tips before baking

  • Bring all your ingredients to room temperature, this will help solidify everything together.
  • Sourdough starter can be fed or unfed. I would not use more than a week-old sourdough discard it as it might make the cake a bit sour.
  • Do not overmix the cake batter. It is actually okay if it is a bit clumpy. Overmixing will result in a tough cake texture. My rule of thumb: stop mixing when there are no visible streaks of flour left. Use a gentle hand when mixing or a low-speed setting on your electric mixer.
sourdough applesauce cake

How to make sourdough applesauce cake

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 1 cup sourdough starter (fed or unfed and brought to room temperature)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts

You will need:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 1 9×13 inch cake pan
  • Electric mixer or silicone spatula

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cake pan with butter or oil.
  • In a medium-mixing bowl cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. If using an electric mixer, use the low to medium speed.
sourdough applesauce cake batter
  • Next, add your sourdough starter and applesauce and mix until combined.
sourdough applesauce cake batter mixture
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
  • Gradually fold in the dry mixture to the wet and mix until no more flour streaks are visible. Do not overmix here. It is okay if the batter is a bit clumpy.
  • If using nuts, fold those into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 10-15 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. If you would like to frost the cake, I recommend letting it cool completely (about 1 hour).
  • Sourdough applesauce cake lasts 2-3 days at room temperature in an airtight container.
sourdough applesauce cake

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5 from 3 votes

Sourdough Applesauce Cake

Savor a slice of homemade goodness in every bite in this moist, flavorful, and rich sourdough applesauce cake!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 9×13-inch cake
Calories: 240kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 9×13 inch cake pan
  • Electric hand mixer or silicone spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sourdough starter fed or unfed & brought to room temp
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cake pan with butter or oil.
  • In a medium-mixing bowl cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. If using an electric mixer, use the low to medium speed.
  • Next, add your sourdough starter and applesauce and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
  • Gradually fold in the dry mixture to the wet and mix until no more flour streaks are visible. Do not overmix here. It is okay if the batter is a bit clumpy.
  • If using nuts, fold those into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the cake pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 10-15 minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. If you would like to frost the cake, I recommend letting it cool completely (about 1 hour).
  • Sourdough applesauce cake lasts 2-3 days at room temperature in an airtight container.

Notes

Sourdough starter: can be fed or unfed. I recommend not using any sourdough discard that is over a week old as it will make the cake a bit sour. 
Spices: feel free to add or omit any spices to your liking. The spices used here do not overpower the cake but add just enough flavor. 
Homemade or store-bought applesauce can be used just make sure it is unsweetened. 
Ensure all ingredients are brought to room temperature before mixing.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 196mg

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  1. Laura Frechette Avatar
    Laura Frechette

    Beautiful cake!!5 stars

  2. Laurie Hopkins Avatar
    Laurie Hopkins

    What a great idea. It looks delicious. Love your recipes.5 stars