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This super-moist sheet cake is so quick and easy to make and sooooo satisfying to eat and share with loved ones! My new favorite cake!

Spiced Appplesauce Sheet Cake

This super moist cake is so quick and easy to make!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Author we are all magic


For the cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 213g
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup light cooking oil, like canola 240ml
  • 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar 350g, you could also use dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 180g
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated apple I used a large-ish gala apple
  • 2 tbsp molasses optional, but I love the deep rich flavor it brings

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter 113g
  • 1/2 cup whole milk 125ml
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar 550g
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkles are optional


  1. For the cake, preheat oven to 350F and line the bottom of a sheet pan with parchment. I used a Nordic Ware Naturals half-sheet pan(16.25x11.25).

  2. Measure out the dry ingredients into a bowl, mix together with a fork, and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl measure out all the remaining ingredients and whisk them together.

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk everything together... make sure you get any brown sugar clumps that might be there hiding!

  5. Pour batter into prepared sheet pan and stick it in the oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and gorgeous.

  6. Remove cake from oven and put in on a rack to cool.

  7. While the cake is cooling a bit, prepare the frosting. IN a large sauce pan melt the butter, add the milk, salt, and vanilla, and bring to a boil and then immediately shut off the heat.

  8. Slowly add the confectioners sugar while stirring. I didn't sift my sugar, but if you want a perfectly chunk-free icing you should.

  9. Carefully pour and spread the icing on the hot cake. I did this almost immediately, but if your frosting seems too hot you could totally wait a minute or two.

  10. I added sprinkles because sprinkles are fabulous.

  11. Allow the cake to cool a bit and the frosting to set. Serve warm if you can!