Applesauce Cocoa Cake with Chocolate Chips

I’ve found that kids just love this moist cake!  It’s dairy and nut-free, which is great when wondering what to take to school or potlucks for kids. 

 

It’s a very moist cake, undoubtedly from the applesauce and oil.  This is what the cake batter looks like in the pan.

Sprinkle chocolate chips and some brown sugar on top.

Pop it in the oven and that’s it.  It is a nice and quick apple flavored cake when you don’t have fresh apples on hand.  I think it’s a good pick for a dessert potluck because it’s easy to handle for the guests.  Kids mistakenly think it’s a brownie, so beware of that!

One idea if taking to a potluck is to pop each square in a paper or foil baking cup used for cupcakes.  That way, guests don’t even have to worry about getting the cake out of the pan and onto their dessert plate as they are balancing their drink, utensils, napkins . . . . .

 

 

For those who aren’t chocolate fans, this cake is tasty without the chocolate chips.  The apple flavor taste shines through the small amount of cocoa either way.

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Applesauce Cocoa Cake with Chocolate Chips
Copyright © 2016 HollyTrail.com
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (e.g., canola oil, but not olive oil)
  • 2 cups applesauce (e.g., 4 single serving portions or about 1/3 cup less than a 23 ounce jar)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar (white granulated sugar can be substituted)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (e.g., canola oil, but not olive oil)
  • 2 cups applesauce (e.g., 4 single serving portions or about 1/3 cup less than a 23 ounce jar)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar (white granulated sugar can be substituted)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Grease 9 x 13 x 2" baking pan.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat together eggs and sugar at medium speed until light-colored, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add in oil and then applesauce.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa. Gradually add flour mixture into egg mixture and mix until just combined. (There may still be cocoa lumps visible.)
  4. Pour batter into greased pan. Sprinkle sugar and chocolate chips evenly over the batter.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack.
  6. When completely cooled, cut into 1-inch squares. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve.
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2 Comments

  1. Ania,
    Your Applesauce Cocoa Cake with Chocolate is out of this world!
    Thank you for sharing your yummy and scrumptious creations!
    Your detailed guidelines inspire me to try replicating every single one of your recipes.
    Keep-up the great job on your new journey using many of your creative talents!
    Matylda

    1. Thanks so much for your support! It’s been quite an adventure for the entire family. The best part is when we try making traditional foods from other countries. It’s a great learning experience about food and culture!–Ania

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