Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Blue Moon Applesauce Cake Recipe

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Who else was up late watching the Oscars? For me, it was mildly disappointing.  Besides having a, well, boring host, the show seemed to DRAG ON FOREVER. See, I’m in love with film the same way I am with food. In fact, a little tidbit of my life, I wanted to be a film maker for like 3 years of my life. I even bought a video camera and editing equipment. Then after realizing I’m much better off with a pen in my hand than a camera, I gave up that dream. However, I never lost that spark and that love I have for the cinema. Regardless, this year just didn’t wow me. In fact, here are the top 4 things I can seem to remember:

  • Angelina Jolie NEEDS to eat more.
  • J LO had an almost nip slip, oh shoot.
  • Hugo and The Artist are incredible movies.
  • Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis need to host the Oscars from here on out.

Did I sum it up? Either way, the night wasn’t a complete waste. In addition to enjoying Billy Crystal’s stale jokes with a glass of vino, I also enjoyed it with a slice of this incredibly moist, zesty and guilt-free applesauce cake.

Now, as you can tell by the coy use of props, applesauce isn’t all that’s in here. Nope. In fact, the key ingredient is what’s pictured in the background. Yep, you guessed it, Blue Moon.

I’ve seen this pin for Blue Moon cupcakes ALL OVER Pinterest and knew I had to re-create the recipe. Not only did they look intriguing, but they used my favorite beer. I don’t know why, but I just LOVE Blue Moon! So, I picked up a 6 pack, experimented a bit with ingredients and WALA, this beauty (paired with my light cream cheese frosting) was born.

Now, my husband saw this cake and said “EW. IT LOOKS LIKE A SPONGE!” Of course, I can’t blame him. The thing many people hate about applesauce only cakes and desserts is one of the reasons I love using it, the texture. It’s very springy, very moist and a tad-bit sponge like.  I don’t know why this happens (I’m not molecular gastronomist) all I know is it tastes damn good.

If you can’t stand the texture, no problem. Just sub in butter for some of the applesauce. Another amazing thing about using applesauce instead of oil or butter is how incredibly long the cake stays moist and flavorful. Let’s see, I made this Thursday night and it was as soft and  delectable last night as it was the night I made it.

Since there are just two of us here, a longer shelf life for any food keeps us from tossing anything out or gaining massive amounts of weight. Both of which are pretty damn important to us. Especially since I have a bathing suit to fit into in less than a month. Looks like y’all are going to be seeing a whole lotta applesauce cakes in my (and your) future : )

Recipe adapted from Miss Make.

Blue Moon Applesauce Cake

Serves 8 – 10
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 – 45 minutes


For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Blue Moon
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • 3 – 6 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk

Check out this recipe for the light cream cheese frosting!


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat applesauce and sugar with a handheld mixer until smooth and creamy. Add in vanilla and eggs, beating between each addition. Stir in food coloring, orange juice and zest.
  3. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the applesauce mixture, about 2 cups of it, stirring between each addition. Add the Blue Moon and milk. Add remaining flour and stir well.  [If mixture is too runny, add 1 – 2 tablespoons additional flour)
  4. Pour mixture into the prepared cake pan. Bake for at least 40 minutes, or until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Let dry completely before frosting. Garnish with extra orange zest and enjoy!

Nutritional information per slice (cake should make about 12 bar slices):

Calories: 185
Fat: 7
Carbohydrates: 23
Fiber: 3
Protein: 6
Weight Watchers Points Plus Points: 5

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  1. Posted by Adele on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    Are these nutrition stats with our without the icing? 
  2. Posted by Lacy @ NYCityEats on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    Love!  This sounds amazing. Blue moon is my go to beer and I've been baking with apple sauce so this is perfect! Definitely need to slim down for bathing suit season but I love my sweets too! This is perfect. :)
  3. Posted by Emily @ Life on Food on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    I only watch the preshow for the Oscars to see what everyone is wearing. I used to watch the whole thing but it is too long and too late for me. Now I just get the highlights the next morning.  I am totally bookmarking this recipe. The cake looks so moist and delicious.
  4. Monday, February 27th, 2012
    I'm with you for theWill Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis, 2013 ticket! And I adore this so much, I'm going to feature it on my secret blog. Oh, yes I have two. One is secret. 
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Monday, February 27th, 2012
      hHAHAHAHAHA. I'm so intrigued Jackie!
  5. Posted by Julia on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    This looks too die for. My boyfriend is a huge fan of Blue Moon, so I'll definitely be trying this out soon! And you're completely right, someone needs to feed Angelina Jolie a hamburger (or five).
  6. Posted by Elliot S Volkman on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    haha it just looks so weird :(
  7. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    That looks super moist and super tasty. I actually enjoyed the Oscars last night, but I couldn't tell you why. Like you said, it was slightly boring and stale, but I was really emotionally involved. LOL. I was concerned for Jolie (crack, anyone?) although I will admit she looked beautiful nonetheless. That girl would be beautiful if she was just a head on a stick.
  8. Posted by Eliotseats on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    I agree with your observations about the Oscars.   I missed dvr-ing the beginning but have heard I didn't miss much.   (Could you believe how old Nick Nolte looked?)    I love the sounds of this cake---I love Blue Moon.   Saved and buzzed this!
  9. Posted by Tequilacupcakes on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    I was so excited to see this recipe! love blue moon!! Totally agree about your oscars observations... especially the almost-nip-slip and Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis
  10. Posted by E Blog on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    I predict this will be covering the Pin boards soon. Pinning now! Making soon =) Yum.
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Monday, February 27th, 2012
      Awwww thank you!
  11. Posted by PB and Peppers on
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    Yum!  Looks amazing!  
  12. Posted by Julie on
    Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
    Yummy!  Looks delicious!  I love cooking/baking with alcohol!  I didn't watch the Oscars, but def agree with you on Angelina Jolie.  I want to eat a cheeseburger for her every time I look at her!   
  13. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
    Beautiful cake - it looks so very moist and dense, just how I love it :)
    And yes, Angelina Jolie looked terrible. All of us watching were horrified at her arms.
  14. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
    Blue Moon is one of the few beers I enjoy. This cake looks so tasty!
  15. Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
    I didn't watch the Oscars but I'm all about force-feeding Angelina :)  And I'm all about apple sauce as a butter sub in cakes.  Yum.
  16. Posted by Kristina on
    Friday, March 2nd, 2012
    I'm with you, I love the springy spongey texture applesauce gives :) And it really does stay moist so well! This looks awesome, I have to try this!! And maybe FedEx some to Angelina Jolie.... haha
  17. Posted by Anonymous on
    Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
    This cake definitely looks quite appetizing to me!
  18. Posted by Holly on
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
    What size cake pan did you use?
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
      8 x 8
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    Friday, January 17th, 2014
    can it made without blue moon?
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