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Skinny Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce

November 15, 2013

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So. I picked a lot of apples.

I made apple pie, apple kuchen, and ate a few raw, and I still had more apples! Whatever to do?

Then, inspiration. Apple spice cake covered in melty caramel sauce. Mmmmmmm!

And, I had to try a fabulous way of cutting calories and fat. It’s stunning how much healthier the cake is, and the cake is still delicious.

 

Skinny Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce - 2Teaspoons

 

Beyond of course being packed full of apples, this apple cake recipe is healthy for a couple of fantastic reasons:

  • Using applesauce instead of oil cuts the calories and fat drastically!  For every 1 cup the difference is astonishing!  By substituting the 1 ½ cups in this recipe you cut 2730 calories and 336 grams of fat from the cake!

 

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  • Using 1 cup less sugar than a traditional apple cake slashes an additional 770 calories off the cake!  Most apple cake recipes call for 1 ½ cups of white sugar, but I found that using only a ½ cup still produces a very sweet cake, especially when topped with the decadent caramel sauce I’ll get to later in the post.

 

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Drumroll please!

And the grand total of calorie and fat removed from the original recipe are:

 3500 calories and 336 grams of fat removed from the whole cake!  That means if you cut this cake into 12 generous slices there are 300 calories and 28 grams of fat less per slice than if you made the original recipe!!!  I redid this calculation 20 times because I almost couldn’t believe it!

 

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This is definitely cause for celebration in my book!  Extra caramel sauce for everyone! Wait, maybe that’s not the point, but at least we can feel great about enjoying a nice slice of apple cake 🙂

 

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Now for the decadent part of this recipe…the homemade caramel sauce!  I highly recommend making this caramel sauce as is and enjoying every spoonful you eat with gusto.  It is creamy and smooth, with a rich taste that you’ll keep trying with a spoon so many times you may need to make a second batch for the cake…or maybe that’s just me 🙂

 

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I decided to make mine a salted caramel sauce by adding extra salt at the end!  I thought the saltiness really made the sauce taste richer, while cutting the sweetness down a bit.  I recommend trying the salt, but the classic caramel goes great with the apple cake too!  Drizzle the caramel generously over your slice and enjoy!

 

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Skinny Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce

Skinny, low-fat apple spice cake packed with fresh apples and covered in rich, melty caramel sauce
Course Dessert
Servings 12 -16
Author 2Teaspoons

Ingredients

CAKE
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups diced apples about 4 medium apples
CARAMEL SAUCE
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • ¼ cup butter 1/2 stick
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • Optional: Extra salt to taste 🙂

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Prepare bundt pan with oil and flour or coat pan with a baking spray that contains flour.
  3. Cake: Combine applesauce, sugars, vanilla and eggs in mixer until everything is fully combined. In a separate bowl combine flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to applesauce mixture until fully combined. Fold in apples with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  4. Pour batter into bundt pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for another 10 minutes on a wire rack. Gently remove cake from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack.
  5. Caramel sauce: In a small sauce pan melt butter on medium-low heat, then stir in brown sugar, half and half, and a dash of salt until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Once cool, whisk in confectioner’s sugar until smooth. If you want to jazz up the recipe and make salted caramel sauce add salt to taste here until desired saltiness is reached.
  6. Drizzle ¾ of caramel sauce over entire cake. Use remaining caramel sauce to drizzle extra on each piece as they are served. Enjoy!

 


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  1. Avatar for Michelle

    Michelle

    I was looking for a moist cake to take my family reunion. Every year we have a potluck with prizes for the best main dish, side dish, and dessert. I made this cake ahead of time (I’m not adventurous enough to try baking while camping) and threw together the caramel sauce right before dinner. I won the prize for Best Dessert! This is a wonderful cake and the caramel sauce is heavenly. Thank you for sharing!


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      Congratulations Michelle! I’m so happy to hear you won your family reunion prize for Best Dessert! Thank you for sharing the great news 🙂


  2. Avatar for Rhonda Gardner

    Rhonda Gardner

    How many calories per serving?


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      Hi Rhonda, I’m happy to hear you’re interested in making the apple spice cake. Unfortunately I don’t calculate the calorie count for the recipes on the site at this time. This definitely has fewer calories than a typical cake, since substituting applesauce for oil and reducing the amount of sugar in the cake cuts 3500 calories from the cake, which is equal to cutting 300 calories off each slice. Thank you for reaching out with your questions — Happy Baking!


      • Avatar for Michelle

        Michelle

        I put the recipe into a calorie counter, and for 12 slices, I got 383 calories and 6 grams of fat per slice (including sauce). Not bad, for such a tasty cake!


  3. Avatar for Mary

    Mary

    OK, does the applesauce make it sweeter, should I use less sugar?


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      I didn’t reduce the sugar in the muffins I made, but you may be able to reduce it a little bit (mine came out plenty sweet and quite delicious). My 12 muffin recipe called for about 1 cup of sugar (1/2 cup white, 1/2 cup brown sugar). How much sugar does your recipe call for?


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        Mary

        One cup of white sugar.


        • Avatar for Karen

          Karen

          I don’t think you need to reduce it. It sounds similar to the recipe I was using (same total amount of sugar). As long as you’re using unsweetened applesauce you should be good to go 🙂


  4. Avatar for Mary

    Mary

    I LOVE the way you made this healthier! Do you know of a way to replace the vegetable oil in pumpkin muffins? It’s the one thing about them that makes my inner health-nut cringe.


    • Avatar for Karen

      Karen

      Thanks Mary! You can definitely replace the oil in pumpkin muffins with applesauce. I made some this morning using applesauce instead of oil and they came out super moist and super delicious. My recipe called for 1 cup of oil, so I just used 1 cup of applesauce instead. My inner health-nut was definitely smiling 🙂


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