Apple Sauce Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Homemade apple sauce, dark chocolate chips and a whole lotta love is the recipe for this Apple Sauce Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake. It’s like fall in a pan and like I always say, who doesn’t love a bundt cake?!

Apple Sauce Spiced Bundt Cake |

As someone who spends the majority of her days in the kitchen and often cooks the better part of any given day, I can tell you that not all recipes are created equal. It’s no surprise that some turn out better than others but I’m continually surprised that the simple recipes I expect to underwhelm me do the exact opposite- they end up being my favorite. I should now better by now- straight forward food + quality ingredients is a recipe for success.

Apple Sauce Spiced Bundt Cake |

I spend so many of my waking hours dreaming up and crafting new recipes to share with you on the blog yet the tried-and-true ones I’ve been making for years are always my favorite. I suppose because there is nostalgia attached as many of my favorite recipes are ones I’ve been eating for as long as I can remember or recipes that remind me of my childhood. Today, I like to take familiar-to-me recipes and either update them by making them more healthful or being more mindful about the ingredients I use.

Apple Sauce Spiced Bundt Cake |

This cake recipe was given to be by a friend after having it at her house for a mama/kid get together. I’ve since made it probably a dozen times. There is nothing special about this bundt cake. There are no gimmicks. No riffs. Just a straight forward cake minus the bells and whistles. But before you shrink away as I’m underselling this cake, WAIT. The simplicity of this cake is what makes it so good. No, it’s what makes it great. Hear me when I tell you: this cake is out of this world. It’s super moist (ugh, I hate that word) thanks to a healthy amount of apple sauce and the spices aren’t too heavy or under pronounced either- they’re just right.

Apple Sauce Spiced Bundt Cake |

I used some of the homemade apple sauce that I put up last week, my favorite chocolate chips and my secret ingredient: a whole lotta love. I made this on the odd weekday, after school when the kids were doing their homework and we were all craving something homemade and warming. In a season where everything is dominated with pumpkin, I opted for apple which, for me, is so much better.

Apple Sauce Spiced Bundt Cake |

No need for frosting or a glaze. A simple dusting of powdered sugar and loved ones to share it with is all you need.


Apple Sauce-Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


This is a simple apple sauce spiced bundt cake with dark chocolate chips!


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar for dusting, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Prepare a 12-cup bundt pan with butter and flour; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Whisk in the applesauce, eggs, oil and melted butter. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until the cake is fully cooked through.
  5. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting the cake from the pan to cool completely. If desired, sift powdered sugar over the cake before slicing and serving!


This is modified for high altitude as my kitchen sits just below 7000 feet. If you don’t need to adjust for high altitude, increase baking soda to 2 full teaspoons, and increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups.

After a reader left a comment about seeing a very similar recipe in Food and Wine, I feel that it is important to credit the original recipe HERE.