Our mission here at Foodaciously is to give you truly healthy recipes every time using only wholesome ingredients. So today, we want to show you how to make a delicious vegan applesauce cake without eggs, dairy, or refined sugars. It's 100% healthy.
Most sponge cake recipes include butter and eggs, which are not vegan-friendly. Even vegan options often rely on unhealthy, highly processed ingredients like palm oil-based spreads. Well, we say no to that!
Instead, we made our vegan cake batter with homemade applesauce, almond milk, wholemeal flour, and maple syrup. The result is a spongy, fluffy, and mouth-watering cake with a fourth of fats and half the sugars than the classic sponge cake.
In the recipe below, we'll explain how to prepare applesauce from scratch step-by-step using just five apples. You can also opt for store-bought applesauce, but make sure it's sugar-free. Applesauce is a fantastic alternative to fats, and just like butter, it's able to bind the solids, giving you a super-soft cake. And the good news is that weight by weight it has seven times fewer calories than butter and zero fats.
Egg whites are often added to cake batters to make them airy and fluffy. We achieved a similar result by combining vinegar with baking soda. These two ingredients react together, releasing lots of air bubbles and helping the cake be soft with no need for egg whites (or aquafaba).
This spongy cake is great on its own for a sweet breakfast or a lovely brunch. But you can also glaze it with our simple dark chocolate and applesauce frosting and turn it into a fancy dessert.