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Applesauce Cake Roll

My mom used to made this Applesauce Cake Roll years ago and I had tried it once in the past and decided to try it again. It makes a nice dessert that isn't too sweet and is festive. I made a couple mistakes and will improve on my cake rolling the next time around. My company did not mind it's imperfection!

3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Powdered sugar (icing sugar) for dusting

12 oz. of cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Beat eggs till thick.
Gradually add sugar beating well.
Add 1/2 cup applesauce.
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt & cloves.
Fold into egg mixture along with the walnuts.
Spread in greased and floured 15 x 10 x 1 jelly roll pan. I updated this step and used parchment paper that I lightly greased.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Immediately loosen sides and invert onto a kitchen towel.
Pull parchment paper off and cover with powdered sugar.
Roll the cake in the towel and let it cool completely. It will be a nicer roll if you roll it on the short side.
Prepare the filling by beating the cream cheese, sugar and milk together till smooth.
When the cake has cooled unfold it and spread the filling evenly on the cake.
Roll the cake again carefully, discarding the towel.
Wrap the whole cake with foil (I sprayed the foil with cooking spray) and freeze. This will make it easy to cut when ready to serve.
When ready to serve, unwrap the cake, dust with powdered sugar (icing sugar) cut slices and serve with ice cream or whip cream.

I've got room for improvement but my beginner attempt was well received and devoured.


  1. So is this served frozen or do you allow it to thaw before serving?

    1. I took it out of the freezer and cut it and served it. It was very nice in that state. It doesn't freeze solid. I had it in the freezer for about 4 hours before I served it. I kept the end of the roll that we didn't eat in the refrigerator after that.

  2. What a beautiful roll!!! It looks perfect to me. You make it sound so easy.

  3. Oh wow! This looks and sounds so delicious and great photos!

    Wishing you the magic and love of the season each and every day,
    artmusedog and carol

  4. That applesauce roll looks like one my sister makes and uses pumpkin instead.
    She use to always make it for Christmas

    Merry Christmas ' Janice


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