My boyfriend and I recently bought tickets to Massachusetts to visit his family and go apple picking. I’ve never gone apple picking, so I’m excited to go and to taste fresh picked apples!

Ever since our tickets were booked, I’ve had apples on the brain. I had the idea to make an “apple sauce” cake and quickly put some ingredients together and put it in the oven.

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While this cake was in the oven, I started researching “applesauce cake” and found that this was already a thing. I wasn’t too surprised, this isn’t that original of an idea, but what was even more interesting was that this is an Amish recipe.

Who knew?!

Applesauce Cake (paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook,
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This cake is different than the recipes that I found though.

For one, it’s grainfree/paleo/non-processed...aka there is no refined sugar or flour.

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It’s also different in that I added sliced apples vertically into the batter. This was inspired by a cake recipe that I learned when I was younger.

My aunt taught me a recipe for a cake called “Madame Marshall”, which is a French cake that has apple slices vertically placed into the batter. It is so delicious.

I also searched for this online while this was baking (I did have about an hour to wait while it cooked) and could not find anything about it! Nothing!

Which makes me wonder if Madame Marshall cake is really a known recipe or if it’s just regional or personal recipe. It’s all a mystery! haha

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Either way, it is delicious and I wanted to put the apples in a similar fashion for this cake.

Which had an interesting result. It was great having the apple slices compliment the apple batter.

But you need to carefully place them in such a fashion that you can cut slices of cake in between the rows of apples.

Once the cake was sliced, I cut the cake into squares.

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This Applesauce Cake is a pleasant fall treat, full of apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

I brought some to a labor day party.

A guest at the party tried it and asked what it was, so I explained that it was a paleo applesauce cake.

He asked what this meant and so I went on a whole tangent about there not being any flour or sugar in the recipe and how it is made of all natural, non-processed ingredients.

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I think he may have tuned out a little, but once he tasted it, he said, “Wow, if this is Paleo, I’m going Paleo!”

Applesauce Cake (paleo, GF)

A simple cake made with apple sauce and apples and made with grain-free flours.
4.20 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 329 kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cover a 9.25 X 5.25 X 2.75 loaf tin in wax paper.
  • Cut 1 apple into long vertical thin slices and then cut those slices in half horizontally (this is to ensure that the slices aren’t so long that they stick out of the batter), then put the slices into a small bowl. Pour 2 tsp maple syrup on top of the apples. Then put 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg on top of the sliced apples and mix everything together with a spoon. Set the bowl aside.
  • In bowl 1, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp nutmeg together with a fork. Set the bowl aside.
  • In bowl 2, mix the eggs, honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and mashed banana together with an electric mixer until well mixed. Add the apple sauce and mix with the electric mixer until well blended.
  • Put bowl 1 into bowl 2 and mix with an electric mixer.
  • Pour the batter into the waxed loaf tin and pat it down evenly with the back of a metal spoon or a spatula.
  • Then start vertically inserting the slices of apples into the batter in rows. Make sure to insert the apple slices close together but still leaving some batter in between each slice. Also make sure the rows of apples aren’t too far apart. Once all the apple slices are upright in the batter, bake for 60 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Remove the wax paper from the cake and enjoy!


Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 359mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 7gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 119IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg
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