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Applesauce Carrot Cake

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


Applesauce adds moisture and flavor to this spiced carrot cake, and chopped pecans or walnuts add crunch and texture. Dust the cake with powdered sugar or drizzle with a vanilla glaze.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 3/4 cups shredded raw carrots
  • 3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsifted whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins


Heat the oven to 350° F (180° C/Gas Mark 4) .

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in granulated and brown sugars. Beat in eggs. Measure all-purpose and whole wheat flour into a bowl; add baking soda and spices and stir to blend. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce and carrots. Fold in walnuts and raisins. Spoon batter into to a greased and floured bundt cake pan.

Bake  for 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes; tap to loosen and unmold on a wire rack to cool completely.

Sprinkle with confectioners sugar or drizzle with a vanilla glaze before serving.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Excellent breakfast cake, Member CountryHickOR

I eat carrot cake because it is tasty and healthy. I found this recipe on a search for alternative carrot cake recipes.However , I modified it just a little bit to my liking One thing I did is replace the butter with canola oil because I feel it is a healthier alternative; in addition, I increased the carrots from 3/4 cup to 2 cups. Instead of a bundt pan I used a 13x 9 cake pan and had the perfect amount of batter.In the last 10 minutes I watch it fairly close because it is easy to to overbake. I took mine out at 1 hr / 15 min.when the middle peaked and cracked a little. .

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