Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake is so good! It has a full 2 cups of applesauce, but you don’t taste the apples so much as the cinnamon, cardamom and chocolate. It’s homey and comforting, but also interesting. Speaking of which, this cake has black pepper in it. Don’t leave that out because it adds character to the cake. First, you get all the spices and chocolate and then suddenly you taste pepper and the roof of your mouth heats up a little. In this case, the pepper taste came on at the end and was very pleasant.
This cake might make for an interesting wine pairing. Or go the opposite route and eat it for breakfast. At any rate, it’s one I'll be making again. And it doesn't even require a mixer!
Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake Half Version
If you want to try a smaller version of the cake, just halve all the ingredients and bake it in a small Bundt pan or fluted pan. I haven't yet tested a loaf pan version, but the small Bundt pan version works perfectly and is done in about an hour.
Original recipe is here.
Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cake
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (320 grams)
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar (300 grams)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- ½ cup vegetable oil (or canola)
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (114 grams)
- 1 bag semisweet-chocolate chips, preferably the mini ones
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 12 cup Bundt pan with flour added spray (or grease and flour).
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, cloves and pepper.
- Make a well in the center and whisk in the applesauce, eggs, oil and melted butter. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.
- Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then invert it onto the rack and let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
- When cake is cool, sprinkle sift confectioners' sugar over the top.