Whole Grain Applesauce and Spice Chocolate Chip Cake

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We have been enjoying this cake for years. Yes, it can be a challenge to remove from the pan, but I have worked that out and have shared that same tip (and photos) on cake making and removing from the original post. 

This is one of the first recipes of our family favorites that I am remaking and sharing in whole grain form. And if anything this cake is better when made with whole grains, it is moist, delicious and you will be proud to serve it to family and friends. 

Whole Grain Applesauce and Spice Chocolate Chip Cake.

Whole Grain Applesauce and Spice Chocolate Chip Cake

adapted from: this recipe!
350-degree oven

1 stick butter, melted and set aside to cool
1/2 c oil
2 c applesauce
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c sugar

2 3/4 c whole wheat flour - we prefer pastry grind Spelt
1 T dry cocoa
2 t soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t cardamom
1 t salt
1/4-1/2 t ground cloves, if you love cloves use the larger measure
1/4-1/2 t fresh ground pepper, (don't leave this out), if you love heat, use the full measure

2 c chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, oil, eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and sugar. Beat well with a wooden spoon.

Applesauce and Spice Chocolate Chip Cake, another wooden spoon, saucepan cake.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the whole wheat flour, cocoa, soda, spices, and salt. Whisk to mix well. Stir into the applesauce mixture, until smooth, with no dry pockets or wet pockets, remain.

Prepare the bundt pan for baking, by buttering and flouring the inside surface. Using a ladle, add 2 ladles of the cake batter to the bottom of the bundt pan. Pick up the pan, tilt to evenly coat the bottom of the pan with cake batter. See photo below, left to right.

Applesauce and Spice Cake, easy removal in one piece, with this technique.

Stir the chocolate chips into the remaining batter in the mixing bowl.

Spoon the batter evenly into the bundt pan (Important: Do not pour, this might disturb the plain batter and allow chocolate chips to sink to the bottom of the pan.). Trust me on this tip...

Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done in your oven. This is one cake you will want to see some pulling away from the side of the pan, as evidence that it is completely baked. Remove from oven, let cool in the pan 15 minutes, carefully loosen edges from the pan, turn out onto a wire rack or clean toweling to cool.

Let cool completely before Sprinkling a bit of powdered sugar over the top or whipped cream on the side and serve.

Whole Grain Applesauce and Spice Chocolate Chip Cake.


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  1. Love the flavors of your cake! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I love the warm spices in this cake, and I really like the idea of putting a layer of plain batter on the bottom of the pan first.

  3. What a lovely cake - so full of wholesome goodness and flavour! Sharing on the H&S Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of Hearth and Soul, Melynda.

  4. I bet that cake tastes amazing!

    1. It is my husband's favorite cake, also a very good "keeper".

  5. Applesauce is amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing on the what's for dinner link up.

  6. I love how applesauce gives a cake such a moist consistency . This is a great recipe to have . Thanks

    1. My husband could eat this all the time, it is that good. It also keeps well which is helpful for smaller families. Thanks for stopping by.


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