Applesauce Streusel Cake

Applesauce Streusel Cake! This is my mums all time favourite cake, mainly because its absolutely delicious.


It reminds me of banana bread with its texture, not quite a cake but not quite bread. It fits somewhere in the middle.


To make this you’ll need 2 cups of of apple sauce. Feel free to use the store bought stuff or give my recipe a go here. This apple sauce recipe is for canning but you don’t have to can it, simply follow the steps up until the canning point!


applesauce streusel cake


Now this cake took me a couple of shots to get right, so i’m going to give you all my tips and tricks that i learnt along the way so hopefully it works out for you perfectly!

First of all creaming the butter and sugar. Make sure that when you’re beating the butter you’ve got it on a really low speed. Keep it on a low speed when you add the sugar to the bowl and just give it a bit longer to get all nice and creamy. If you crank the speed up (like i did the first time, because i was so impatient!!) you’ll end up with a super dense dough like texture to your cake.

Also when you’re adding in your flour mixture and apple sauce, make sure that you do this on a nice low speed and add them in alternating between the two. So add a little bit of flour and then a little apple sauce and then some flour and so on. This ensures that you get a nice fluffy, light cake texture.


applesauce streusel cake in tin


Now this is delicious served with some extra apple sauce or my mums favourite, some apple butter!

Apple butter is super, super easy to make and you’ll find the recipe here. This is also a canning recipe, but if you don’t want to can it then simply decrease the quantities and follow the instructions up into the canning steps (such as filling the jars and processing).


applesauce streusel cake


Now for the recipe…


Applesauce Streusel Cake

A delectable moist streusel-topped cake that uses your home canned apple sauce! Lightly spiced to perfection for the perfect afternoon tea treat. 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


Streusel Topping

  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 60 grams butter (unsalted)


  • 120 grams butter (unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda (bi-carb soda)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins or cranberries (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160degrees Celsius (325F). Line or grease a 9x5 inch (23x13cm) loaf pan and set aside. 

Streusel Topping

  1. Place all streusel topping ingredients in a bowl. 

  2. Rub mixture together between your finger tips, evenly mixing the butter through the mixture, until you have a breadcrumb like consistency. 

  3. Set bowl aside. 


  1. Beat the butter at medium-low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. 

  2. Gradually add in the brown sugar a little at a time until light and creamy consistency is reached. 

  3. Add eggs, beating until just combined. 

  4. In a seperate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg. 

  5. Turn the electric mixture onto speed low and begin adding the flour mixture and apple sauce alternatively. You want to add a little bit of flour and then some apple sauce and then some flour and so on. Starting and finishing with the flour mixture. 

  6. Fold in the optional ingredients if you are using them. 

  7. Spoon batter into the greased loaf tin. Sprinkle over the streusel topping in an even layer. 

  8. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before attempting to remove (about an hour).