Applesauce Oatmeal Cake

It’s time for applesauce lovin’ kids and another round of Get Your Chef On entries.  This round Jen picked applesauce, and I was all for it.  Yes we could have done apples, but applesauce it slightly more challenging and there was a good chance we’d see lots of desserts.  Yay!


GYCO Applesauce


I went hunting for a good applesauce recipe.  Something different than just substituting applesauce for oil in a baked goods recipe.  I wanted to applesauce to shine.  The other night, Jen was talking me off a Mom cliff while Eddie screamed for about 30 minutes that he didn’t want to go “nigh nigh” all while Mike was out of town last week.  I grabbed a glass of wine, we talked some smack, and I Googled.  I found this cake recipe, showed it to Jen, got a big thumbs up, and low and behold…I had everything on hand.  Winning!  So here we are.  A yummy dense cake, that is full of fall smells, but good enough to eat year round.


Oh! And we reazlied that like almost all my GYCO recipe posts have been cake or pizza, except for two. What can I say? I like cake and pizza!


Applesauce Oatmeal Cake


One Year Ago: Three Little Birds Wall Art


Applesauce Oatmeal Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 9
Author Pilsbury



  • 1 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons milk



  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, cook applesauce until just beginning to boil. Stir in oatmeal. Set aside; let stand for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make sure oven rack is at least 6" from top of oven. Coat a 9" x 9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, mix until combined. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in two additions; mix until just combined after each addition. Add applesauce mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until cake has browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  1. In a small medium bowl, combine coconut, brown sugar, walnuts, melted butter, and milk. Mix until combined and all ingredients are moistened. Carefully spread topping over hot cake, and return to oven. Turn over to broil, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until top is golden and bubbly. Remove cake from oven. Cool 30 minutes, and serve warm.


‘); // ]]>


  1. says

    I want to make this!!! I love anything with a crumb-like topping so this is right up my alley PS-This is my first #GYCO and I am so happy to be participating 🙂

  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I am LOVING this Applesauce Oatmeal Cake! Pinned this and shared on FB 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends – Have a great weekend, Julie!

  3. says

    This looks so kid-friendly. I think my two toddler boys would love it! Question—the only ingredient I don’t have on hand is walnuts. Do you think it would be ok if I left that out? Stopping by from the Tater Tots and Jello link party. Pinning now!

  4. Diane says

    Oh! I have everything on hand! I was looking for recipes to use up last years sauce before I go picking again. Thank you 🙂

  5. says

    WOW that looks good! I pinned it to my apple board and I’ll definitely be making this! 🙂
    Thanks for hosting #GYCOChallenge!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  6. Donna says

    Holy applesauce Batman! This is so lovely!! Just made two of them because my in-laws will be here this weekend. My son is allergic to nuts so I added crumbled graham crackers in place of the nuts and coconut. Turned out heavenly! I don’t know if it will last until they get here!! 😉


  7. Kathy says

    I made this for the first time today. The topping sounded so good, I doubled it. I do feel a little guilty about that, but yum yum! The cake was wonderful, too, made with fresh homemade applesauce.

  8. Donna says

    I’ve made this cake several times and it’s wonderful!! My son has a nut allergy and it’s even delicious with just a butter and sugar glaze on top. Make this cake everyone, it’s fantastic!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *