Lucille’s Apple Cake

Hello All! Here is another family recipe that came from a family friend. My mom’s family lived in Michigan for a good while. There they became friends with a family and the Apple Cake recipe was the wife’s, Lucille’s, recipe. Her daughter and my Mom became great friends and she ended up being in my parents wedding. So even though they are not family, they were close enough!

Here is Lucille’s Apple Cake recipe:


As you can see it’s been made a lot over the past few decades. So if you read my fail the first time I attempted to veganize a baking recipe (Mexican Spice Brownies), then you’ll know how hesitant I was to try to veganize this. Although with this recipe there is only one egg. I was afraid it was going to turn out flat or not bake at all and just be a gooey mess. So after reading up on a few different alternatives to replace an egg with, I decided to replace it with applesauce (since it is an apple cake after all) and I upped the baking powder by 1/2 tsp just in case the egg helped with the leavening in the original recipe. It turned out great! The only thing I’d suggest is to check it at 45 minutes, and it might need to be in there a extra 5-10 minutes. The middle was cooked-ish when I cut into it, but if I kept it in just a few minutes more it would have been perfect!


It looks like a hot mess, but it really is delicious! The spices, the apples, and then the rich and savory nuts mixed it makes this a great mix of flavors! It’s easy and it’s not meant to be pretty and would be great on a lazy morning with coffee, so go ahead and try it out!

Apple Cake

  • Servings: Makes 8x8 square cake
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening or coconut oil, unrefined
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 3 c diced apples
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts – pecans and/or walnuts


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×8 pan.
  2. Cream together the shortening/coconut oil and sugar. Add in the applesauce, apples, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, sift and mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine the dry mixture with the wet mixture.
  4. Fold in the chopped nuts. Pour into greased pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Check with a toothpick – insert in the center and if it comes out with a few crumbs it’s ready.
  6. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then cut and enjoy!


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