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paleo applesauce cake in baking dish

Healthy Applesauce Cake (Gluten Free, Low Sugar)

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  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 11"x7" OR 8"x8" cake 1x


This healthy applesauce cake is gluten free, low in added sugar and paleo friendly.  It's  a great cake for a healthy dessert or sweet breakfast.




  • 2/3 cup cassava flour (100g)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour (14g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup palm shortening, melted (58g)
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting (optional)

  • 1/2 cup palm shortening, softened
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 11x7 inch or 8 inch square baking pan with shortening or butter and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the cassava flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, eggs, shortening, honey and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Let the batter sit for a couple minutes to thicken (it will be quite thick - more so than a typical cake batter). Pour the batter into the greased baking dish and spread into an even, level layer so that the cake batter touches the edges of the pan.
  6. Place the cake in your preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until cooked through (toothpick comes out clean).

  7. After baking, let the cake cool in the pan to room temperature.
  8. Once the cake is cool, make the frosting by combining all frosting ingredients in a small mixing bowl.  Whisk until smooth, then spread the frosting over the cake.


For best results, please measure cassava flour and coconut flour by weight.