Applesauce Spice Snack Cake (using Splenda®)

17 August 2010

Applesauce Spice Snack Cake

There are certain things in life that may be very well inescapable.  Some of those things are medical conditions that run in the family.   You know, the same questions and quizzical survey your doctors routinely ask every time you pay them a visit.   They want to know your family medical history and assess your possible risks for heart disease, diabetic conditions and cancers.      While my paternal grandmother has probably never been sick a day in her life, my maternal relatives have an extensive history of the aforementioned heart diseases, diabetes and certain cancers.       I don’t take these medical conditions lightly and don’t take it for granted that regardless of how much I have maintained an active and healthy lifestyle that I will somehow escape what may have been passed down to me genetically.

A couple of weeks ago, some of my Teenie Cakes Facebook friends requested tasty recipes using sugar substitutes for their loved ones that need to watch their sugar intake.    A special thank you to Leticia and Michelle for their requests and feedback on Facebook of some of the recipes they’d like to try and see more of.     Besides using seasonal produce and looking for more healthful alternatives to dishes and desserts, I appreciate and enjoy looking for and testing recipes for those with special dietary needs that are inline with healthy eating habits for me and my loved ones too.

I thought this recipe would be perfect as a first try using a sugar substitute.  It times up well with back-to-school and you probably have some applesauce sitting in your pantry or refrigerator that’s used to pack in the kids’ lunches.     Besides adding the word “spice” to the title of the recipe, I stayed with the recipe without trying to experiment further on the flavors.   It is not a “sweet” cake…if your serving it for folks that wouldn’t mind a bit more sweetness, add a dollop of light whipped cream.   It’s perfect with a glass of cold milk, comforting tea or coffee without feeling like you just ate a sugary pastry and are headed for an uncomfortable and unhealthy sugar rush.

I need to mention this…I cut a couple of pieces this morning for Hubby to take to work.  I asked him to taste it and what he thought of it without disclosing that I used Splenda®.    He couldn’t tell that a sugar substitute was used! :)

I am not a dietitian or nutritionist. Consult with your family doctor(s) for nutrition and dietary needs.     For this recipe, I used Spenda® Granulated.

Teenie Notes

  • I love using nuts in my baked goods!  I would definitely make this again with the addition of chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • These would be great as mini-muffins too.
Applesauce Spice Snack Cake
source 375 Sensational Splenda® Recipes by Marlene Koch

Serves 9

Ingredients

1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup Splenda® Granulated
2 tablespoons molasses
1 large egg
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Topping
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon Splenda® Granulated

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 inch cake pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, stir together oil, Splenda®, molasses, egg, applesauce and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice and hand stir until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared baking pan.

In a small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and Splenda®. Sprinkle with a spoon evenly over top of cake.

Bake for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick or butter knife comes out clean (insert from top of and middle of cake). Transfer pan to wire rack and cool before serving. Serve with a dollop of light whipped cream!

Applesauce Spice Snack Cake

Per Serving
Calories 170
Carbohydrate 24 grams
Protein 3 grams
Fat 7 grams (.5 saturated)
Fiber 2 grams (7 sugar)
Sodium 170 milligrams
Diabetic exchange 1 1/2 Carboyhdrate, 1 Fat
WW point cmparison 4 points

Disclaimer:
I am not a dietician or nutrionist. Consult with your family doctor(s) for you and your family’s nutritional and dietary needs. I am not affiliated with Splenda® or McNeil Nutritionals.

by Cristina A-Moore

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Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog August 19, 2010

Who need a dietitian with this wonderful dense cake. Adore everything of molasses :)

Cheers,

Gera

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 19, 2010

Thank you Gera: I’m not used to using molasses very often, but come to think of it…that’s probably the predominate flavor of these little snack cakes. ;o)

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5 Star Foodie August 18, 2010

The cake looks perfectly delicious and with wonderful texture! It’s great that it is low sugar too!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 19, 2010

Hi Natasha and thank you….the texture is moist and stays that way! I was pleasantly surprised of the results. ;)

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table August 18, 2010

I love the wonderful open texture of this cake and the fact that it isn’t sugar laden. I wonder if my boys would go for a healthier treat like this? I should try it out on them. You really can’t take good health for granted! Even the very young…..

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 19, 2010

Hi Denise: Don’t tell your boys that you’re using anything different and I bet they’ll never be able to tell. =0)

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Emily @Cleanliness August 18, 2010

I absolutely adore this recipe! So healthy!!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 19, 2010

Thanks Emily! ;)

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 18, 2010

Ooh very timely! It’s getting warmer here and low sugar items like this are just what I need to get ready for bikini season! :D

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 19, 2010

LOL! Hi and thanks Lorraine. I guess it is a good bikini prepper! :)

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Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } August 17, 2010

This sounds like a great cake with the benefits of less sugar. My husband is a type one diabetic and this would be a great snack for him. Thanks for sharing and to all of your FB friends for suggesting!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 19, 2010

Thanks Lisa: Please, let me know if you give it a try and how you and your Hubby like the recipe…the texture and flavor.

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alison August 17, 2010

looks very delicious,a notable recipe!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 19, 2010

Thanks alison: This quick and simple recipe is a keeper! ;)

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Christine @ Fresh Local and Best August 17, 2010

I enjoy the less sweet desserts as it often seems more balanced to me than the sticky gooey stuff. It’s wonderful that you are helping your friends come up with ways to bake without sugar. There are so many great possibilities, not the least this one.

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 18, 2010

HI Christine and thank you! I must admit, sometimes I’m in the mood for sticky gooey desserts…but I almost always welcome the more balanced desserts that are good any time of the day and enjoyable with tea/coffee. =)

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Baking Serendipity August 17, 2010

These look moist and fantastic! Could you make them with plain old sugar? My belly doesn’t like Splenda, but I still love this recipe!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 18, 2010

Hi Baking Serendipity – I’ll need to find out how to use regular sugar instead of the Splenda for those that don’t mind using sugar (for these sugar substitute recipes). I understand that the substitution is 1:1, but I’d have to test the other ingredients and the resulting texture/taste. ;)

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Magic of Spice August 17, 2010

Wow this looks incredibly moist, and I bet it was delicious :)

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 18, 2010

Hi Magic of Spice – they turned out moist and great flavor. I was very happy at the results of using a sugar substitute for this. ;)

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Sara August 17, 2010

The low calorie intake might be really dangerous to me…it would make me eat double portions without feeling guilty :) I think it’s amazing you did a recipe like this one….it’s always good to have some recipe that fit these type of needs in hand….even if we are lucky for not having health issue you might always have to take family or friends necessities. For me that’s always an issue when I cook or bake with kids at school because there are often allergies to consider. Thanks for sharing (and beautiful pics!)

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 18, 2010

Thank you for the kind and supportive comment, Sara. ;)

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Monet August 17, 2010

This looks like a healthy and delicious snack! I would love a slice with my almond milkshake…delicious!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 17, 2010

Hi Monet: Mmm – I’ll send you some snack cake if you’ll send me that milkshake. Sounds good and perfect for this hot and yucky humid day! :)

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torviewtoronto August 17, 2010

love this cake
yours look delicious

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 17, 2010

Thanks torviewtoronto! :)

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Angie's Recipes August 17, 2010

These squares look very moist and yummy!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 17, 2010

Hi Angie – they turned out moist and flavorful too. I was concerned about how it might taste with the Splenda, but it wasn’t bad!

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sweetlife August 17, 2010

great snack cake, perfect for back to school treats!!my girls love applesauce

sweetlife

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 17, 2010

Hi Sweetlife – perfect for back to school! You can borrow some of the applesauce for this snack cake! ;)

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Juliana August 17, 2010

Wow, this cake look so tasty, soft…would love to try it…and low in calories :-)

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes August 17, 2010

Thanks Juliana – an instance where you may not have to feel guilty about eating cake! ;)

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