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Oatmeal Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Oatmeal Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield:   8-10 servings
Cook Time:   30-35 minutes
Tips:  1 1/2 cups of raisins may be manually stirred into the cake batter before pouring into cake pans, if desired. Leftover cake may be frozen using an air-tight container. If you plan on eating smaller portions at a time, simply slice the cake into smaller portions (as small as individual slices) and separate the portions with sheets of wax paper to prevent them from sticking together. Allow to sit at room temperature until defrosted or heat for 15-30 seconds in the microwave before serving.
This moist cake has fabulous festive flavor as well as nutritional health benefits! Made with oatmeal and applesauce and seasoned with ground cloves and cinnamon, this Oatmeal Applesauce Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting will reduce the guilt factor from having a slice of cake. The cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping for this delicious cake, giving it irresistible flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth experience!

Because of the addition of applesauce and oatmeal, this cake recipe produces a somewhat heavier cake, while still retaining a moist and soft
texture. As the recipe shows, raisins can be added to the cake batter just before pouring into the cake pans, which will add complimentary flavor and a soft and chewy texture, as well as eye appeal. To store this cake, simply place in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. When serving this cake after it has been chilled in the refrigerator, it's best to allow the it to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving to allow the cake and frosting to soften a bit. Alternatively, you can place one slice at a time in the microwave and heat it for 10-20 seconds, or just until cake has softened and is no longer cold (cake also tastes great warm!). Leftover cake can be frozen in an airtight container, either whole or cut into portions (as small as individual slices). Just be sure to separate each cut portion with a small sheet of wax paper to prevent the portions from sticking together while freezing. When ready to serve the frozen cake, allow to sit at room temperature until defrosted, or simply heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or just until cake has softened and is no longer cold. This Oatmeal Applesauce Cake will surprise and delight you!



  • Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups oatlmeal (uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (optional)

  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 lbs. confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans, then sprinkle both lightly with flour.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, cloves and baking powder. Set aside.

In an electric mixer bowl, beat butter with sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, apple sauce and milk and beat again on low speed until well blended. Gradually add the flour and oatmeal mixture and beat on low speed until fully blended, stopping once to scrape sides and bottom of bowl. If using raisins, remove bowl from mixer and manually stir in raisins. Pour equal portions of the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick or other cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow cake layers to sit in cake pans for about 5 minutes, then remove from the pans and transfer to wire racks until completely cooled. (To easily remove cake layers from cake pans, place a lightweight plate (preferably plastic or a firm paper plate) on top of cake layer, then with one hand holding the plate over the cake and one holding the cake pan, carefully turn the cake pan and plate over, allowing cake to fall onto plate. Once cake is lying upside-down on the plate, place another plate over the cake and turn cake over again, then slide cake off of the plate and onto a cooling rack.)


In an electric mixer bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth, stopping once to scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating on low speed until blended. Add vanilla, then beat at medium speed for 30-60 seconds until no lumps exist and thoroughly blended.

Frost the cake after it has completely cooled. There should be enough frosting to generously apply to the top of first cake layer. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Allow to sit at room temperature before serving after chilling until frosting and cake soften. May also be brought to room temperature by heating in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.

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