Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Low Fat Apple Cake & Food Day!

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Did y’all know that it’s Food Day today? Food Day is a day geared towards inspiring people to “eat real food” that is affordable, healthy and made in a sustainable way. Talk about my perfect day, right? This cake recipe couldn’t have come at a better time because it’s made with all whole, organic and healthy ingredients! Wanna participate today and you don’t have time to cook or visit a local farmers market or farm today? Luckily, there are hundreds of events going on all over the world today promoting organic and sustainable eating! Check out this site for a listing of events and how you can coordinate your own Food Day!


Now, in honor of this fabulous day, let’s talk about food! More specifically, this orgasmic low fat apple cake I made on Saturday.

I really hate to toot my own horn, but this cake was OUT OF THIS WORLD. So moist, so flavorful and so friggin’ easy. Plus, it’s really low fat and healthy, due to the fact I added no additional butter or oil and used whole wheat flour, farm fresh organic eggs and organic applesauce.

I knew this was a keeper recipe when it was gone in less than 6 hours. The entire thing. Demolished. I owe much of that to my husband, who, if he likes something, will eat ALL OF IT. I’ve already been asked to make it again. That, my friends, is winning.

Low Fat Apple Cake

Yields: 1 8inch by 12inch cake [about 8 slices]
Prep time: 12 minutes
Cook time: 32-35 minutes

What You’ll Need:

For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium apples, finely chopped and seeded
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup organic applesauce
  • Cooking spray

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar

How to Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat your baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix white sugar, apples, chopped nuts, egg and applesauce. Stir until combined. Add the flour mixture and stir to combine. Pour mixture into the greased pan.
  4. In a seperate bowl, mix brown sugar and white confectionars sugar together with a fork. Sprinkle mixture over the apple cake and bake for 32-35 minutes or until cake is browned.

Seriously, if you ever listen to ANYTHING I tell you, it’s this: MAKE THIS CAKE. Now. And don’t share 🙂 Because if you do, your  husband will end up eating the whole thing, leaving you only a slice!

Nutritional information per slice of cake: 200 calories, 5 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of protein.

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  1. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    YUM! I cannot wait to get my hands on some apples and make this cake. 
  2. Posted by Lauren on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    Looks amazing!! I love the pics :)
  3. Posted by Jennifer on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    Mmm this looks great! Happy food day!!
  4. Posted by Michelle Kuhn on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    I love all the stuff in here! 
  5. Posted by Jackie Dodd on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    You should toot your own horn! This looks amazing!
  6. Posted by Tina@flourtrader on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    Amazing is right-it is hard to believe that this does not have any butter in it!  I love all those big chunks of apples in there-yum!  Great post.
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
      I love those chunks of apple too!
      • Posted by Shelbymus on
        Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
        What kind of apples did you use?
        • Posted by admin on
          Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
          Red Macintosh. It really doesn't matter what kind either so use your favorite!
  7. Posted by Liz on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    Oh, man, I adore apple cake....and a healthy version that is tasty, too, is fabulous!!!!
  8. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Monday, October 24th, 2011
    This apple cake DOES look so moist and delicious! Well done!!
  9. Posted by Eliotseats on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    I'm loving the whole wheat flour in this cake.   My mom made a similar (but less healthy) cake like this when we were growing up---I think it was called "Knobby Apple Cake"---I have no idea where that name came from.  :)
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
      hahaha, moms say the darndest things.
  10. Posted by Lindsey@Lindselicious on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    Low fat apple cake sounds too good to be true.  Must try this at once! 
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
      It is so good!
  11. Posted by sarah on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    Oh wow. This looks so, so fantastic! 
  12. Posted by Krishnan Nava on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    Looks superb and I like it so much for the low fat content, one way of enjoying desserts and not feeling guilty about it.
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
      I know! It's tricky though, you end up eating more because it's good for you! :)
  13. Posted by Medeja on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    This is really great and healthy recipe!
  14. Posted by Parsley Sage on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    Insta-bookmark!  This looks incredible!  And I had no idea of this 'food day' of which you speak.  Must investigate :)
    • Posted by claire on
      Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
      Do it!!
  15. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    Yeah, this is pretty much perfection. I just love every ingredient, and I love that it is healthy too! bravo! 
  16. Posted by Bake Your Day on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    This looks absolutely amazing...I can't believe it's low fat, it looks perfect! 
  17. Posted by Christine on
    Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
    This looks so good.
  18. Posted by Kara on
    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
    This cake looks beautiful!  I love that you used whole wheat flour too.
  19. Posted by Becky on
    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
    I love this low fat version of apple cake with the whole wheat flour, and applesauce. Can't wait to try this one. I do have another apple cake recipe ladden with fat and carbs, not healthy at all. congrats on the Top 9 today!
  20. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
    That looks so scrumptous, hard to believe it's low fat! Thank you so much for the recipe, and congrats on the Top 9!
  21. Posted by Brittneycowie on
    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
    How many servings is in one cake??
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
      8 slices :)
  22. Posted by Buzzwiley on
    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
    Seems to be differing size of pan to use. Early in the recipe, it says 8 x 12 pan; later it says to spray an 8" pan.  Which is better?
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
      I was abbreviating, it's the 8 x 12. I just didnt' write the whole size of the pan.
  23. Posted by Laurdon2 on
    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
    What serving size is your nutritional info based on?  1/8 of the cake or what?  Thanks much
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
      Great question!  I sliced them to serve about 8 so it's per 1/8 slice of the cake, if that makes sense.
  24. Posted by Idhammar123 on
    Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
    Love your philosophy of life and this  cake!!will try as soon as possible,
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
      Aww thanks!! Thanks for visiting!
  25. Posted by oma conrad on
    Thursday, October 27th, 2011
    you said it has 3 grams of protein and 2 grams of one fat ? if so which one ?
    • Posted by claire on
      Thursday, October 27th, 2011
      Sorry for the confusion. 5 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein. 29 grams of carbs. Thanks!
  26. Posted by Kristen on
    Thursday, October 27th, 2011
    Yum, your cake looks great.  Can't wait to try to replicate it!
  27. Posted by Ljones5262 on
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    I made your cake today and my 9 year old son practically ate the whole thing by himself! Just so tasty! I was concerned because the batter looked so thick but hey- it was fabulous & so quick & easy to make!
  28. Posted by Ana on
    Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
    This sounds absolutely divine. I need to make that right now. I'm not sure I can handle just an 8th of the cake. I might eat it all in one sitting!
  29. Posted by Emily on
    Thursday, November 10th, 2011
    Wow! Looks amazing, definitely going to be making this... so convenient, I have all of the ingredients! (Except for almonds, but I have walnuts instead!)
  30. Posted by Meriem on
    Friday, February 10th, 2012
    I made this cake today and it turned out great. the only thing I'll change next time is the amount of sugar as it tasted too sweet for me. Thanks for this easy and tasty apple cake. 
  31. Posted by Kris on
    Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
    Do we know how much fiber is in a serving so I can convert to WW points?
    Sounds absolutely yummy AND healthy!
  32. Posted by AndySatNZ on
    Friday, June 22nd, 2012
    Just tried this - truly fantastic.
    My wife doesn't like nuts so I substituted the almonds for raisins, making it even more moist and christmassy.
    FYI: for people outside of the US who don't have pumpkin pie spice, I just used 1tsp of cinnamon and 1/2tsp of ground ginger and it worked great.
    • Posted by claire on
      Sunday, September 16th, 2012
      Thanks for sharing the pumpkin pie spice recipe!! :)
  33. Posted by Hien on
    Saturday, September 15th, 2012
    I just tried to make it and it did not seem to have enough wet ingredients but I put it in the oven anyhow and it came out like a rock.
    • Posted by claire on
      Sunday, September 16th, 2012
      Really? I've made it about 4 times with no issues :( If it looks dry, add additional applesauce or milk next time! I'm sorry!
  34. Posted by Veronica on
    Friday, September 28th, 2012
    Wow I made this cake today and it was amazing! I substituted brown sugar for the white sugar added 3 apples instead of 2 added some chopped dates and pecans then at the end it needed a little more liquid so I added some plain yogurt. It was so delicious one of the best cakes I have ever had
  35. Posted by Cammie Sammartino on
    Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
    I just made this tonight and I'm thrilled. So moist and delicious!! Thanks for posting!
  36. Posted by sharon on
    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
    Yesterday I whipped up your recipe and my italian husband LOVES it, DELICIOUS!! I am looking forward to trying some of your other recipes. THANK YOU for sharing!!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
      Oh yay!!! I'm so glad to hear that Sharon!
  37. Posted by Kim Tibben on
    Sunday, June 9th, 2013
    Just made this and looks and smells amazing. When I was making the recipe the instructions never said to add the dry ingredients to the wet, which I did and then stirred all together. Is that correct?
  38. Posted by skinny living on
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    Could I use egg whites instead of a whole egg? or would that change the consistency to much.
    Thank you
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
      You can use egg whites! Just make sure you use the same amount of egg whites that would be an egg (does that make sense?)
  39. Posted by Laurie, Marie & Holly on
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
    Delicious and so easy to make! I made this today with my 3 and 1 year-old and it was a lot of fun. Thank you! I scooped a little extra batter into a muffin tray to make them their own mini-cake :)
  40. Posted by Jennifer on
    Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
    Can't wait to make this, sounds awesome!!!
  41. Posted by Paula Habiba on
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
    I just tried your recipe and it is FANTASTIC!!! I am diabetic and i made the applesauce with pink lady apples and no sugar also i replaced half of sugar for splenda and my suar after eating was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Best regards
  42. Posted by Dave on
    Thursday, October 24th, 2013
    In your low-fat apple cake recipe,
    you don't say to when to mix the flour mixture with the apple mixture.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, October 24th, 2013
      OH no!! Let me update that!
  43. Posted by Jenn on
    Monday, November 4th, 2013
    Just made this today. Delicious! I used two gala apples and white whole wheat flour.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
      YAY!! So glad you love them!
  44. Posted by Erik on
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
    I just found this recipe today, and I absolutely cannot wait to experience it's fabulosity in my own life. Thank you for sharing!
  45. Posted by Andrea on
    Thursday, November 14th, 2013
    Made it! Deelish. Good way to use up apples that were past their prime. Here's how it turned out:
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, November 14th, 2013
      WAHOO!! So glad to hear that!
  46. Posted by doreet on
    Thursday, December 26th, 2013
    what size is your baking pan?12 inch x 8 inch? can i use a 8x8 or 9 in round cake pan?
    • Posted by doreet on
      Thursday, December 26th, 2013
      all the other sites cake recipes have BUTTER, A CUP OIL,OR CRISCO.I have to keep fat down.I used to teach cooking,but for my own home baking,I too had to graduate to w.wheat flour,oats,whole grains and fat substitutions,by cooked,pureed fruit or prune purees,and you are RIGHT.they DO TASTE better too!thanks very much for the apple-cake!:)
  47. Posted by Marilyn on
    Saturday, December 28th, 2013
    LOVE this apple cake! I've made in 3 times in 8 days. My husband and I devoured it. I cut the amount of white sugar to slightly more than 1/2 cup, substituted 1/4 cup oat bran for the flour, and could probably do more, and halved the amount of topping to make it less sweet. It is the perfect holiday treat with coffee or tea. Thanks so much.
  48. Posted by Anne on
    Sunday, January 19th, 2014
    Just found this recipe looking for a healthier apple, it was PERFECT - thanks for sharing this recipe!
  49. Posted by Grace in Baltimore on
    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
    I tried it and it came out just like the picture. It was delicious, but too sweet for my families taste. I make my own applesauce without sugar from Stayman apples which may be naturally sweeter than the Organic applesauce; not sure if that is the reason for the "too sweet." In future I plan on cutting the white sugar down to a scant 1/2 cup, and the topping to a tablespoon of brown sugar mixed with some ground nuts instead.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, September 15th, 2014
      I'm glad you liked it!
  50. Posted by Barbara on
    Friday, August 29th, 2014
    Do you know how many grams of fiber per serving in this recipe?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, September 15th, 2014
      I'm sorry I don't!
  51. Posted by Julia on
    Sunday, September 14th, 2014
    I made the cake today; the only change I made is I used a snack sized cinnamon applesauce instead of organic. The cake came out horribly, it didn't taste cooked through- even after baking an additional 15/20 minutes.
  52. Posted by Julia on
    Sunday, September 14th, 2014
    I just realized I used a 8x8 round pan instead of an 8x12- it could be why the cake didn't come out right; I'll try making it again in the future. :)
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Monday, September 15th, 2014
  53. Posted by Margaret on
    Sunday, September 21st, 2014
    Thanks for this recipe! I made it for my son's first birthday. I probably could have reduced the sugar a little, but it was delicious as is. I used cream cheese frosting instead of the sugar topping, since it was a birthday cake. They paired very well.
    • Posted by OrgancMom on
      Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
      Just baked this cake and it came out great, thanks for the recipe! I have just tweaked it a bit by reducing sugar and adding a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil and a teaspoon of honey :) Highly recommended, the whole house smell heavenly and the cake is yummy.
  54. Posted by Kathy on
    Thursday, October 16th, 2014
    Can you double this recipe and bake in a bundt pan? It looks great! :)
  55. Posted by Kathy on
    Thursday, October 16th, 2014
    I just made this and my six kids LOVED it! I didn't have any applesauce on hand so I substituted 1/3 cup plain yogurt instead. Wonderful!
  56. Posted by Kaycee on
    Monday, October 20th, 2014
    This looks delicious! Do you think I could substitute whole wheat pastry flour? Thanks!
  57. Posted by Kelly on
    Friday, January 2nd, 2015
    Very Easy to make.
    Love that it has:
    -Minimal Ingredients
    -100% whole wheat flower
    -Organic Applesauce
    But Best of All...
    This was also,
    Hands down,
    the Best Tasting Apple Cake Ever!...and it is VERY HEALTHY!
  58. Posted by Jenn on
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
    If I were to use honey instead of sugar how much would I use?
  59. Posted by Traci Ann on
    Monday, May 18th, 2015
    Trying to count calories, so a slice is 1/8th of the cake... Got it...
  60. Posted by Sarah on
    Sunday, September 13th, 2015
    do you think if I used honey to replace the sugar the cake would still taste good?
  61. Posted by Pat Campos on
    Monday, April 18th, 2016
    Is there way to make this without the sugar?
  62. Posted by April on
    Sunday, November 27th, 2016
    For some reason I've been craving apple cake. I found and made your recipe last night and love it-thanks for a delicious recipe!
  63. Posted by Naz on
    Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
    Who'd have thought this was low fat! It definitely doesn't taste like it.

    I made a few changes, I was making this for diabetics with a sweet tooth so I cut down the sugar and used 1/4 cup coconut sugar along with 1 tbsp + 2 tsp truvia (so the equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar all together) and walnuts instead of almonds. It was great!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 17th, 2017
      Oh yum!! Sounds delightful.
  64. Posted by Jenn on
    Monday, April 8th, 2019
    Wow ! I just made this- and it is fabulous ! I read the reviews below, and I too just added a little more applesauce as it seemed a bit dry. I also cut the sugar down to half a cup. It was so yummy. I made it for the kids but they aren't home from school yet and I have already had a second slice. I need to hide this or they won't get any !