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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cake

This is the my most favorite gluten-free chocolate cake recipe ever. It is rich, moist and decadent. I'm asked to make my gluten-free chocolate chip applesauce cake recipe all the time and it never fails to please even the people most skeptical about gluten-free tasting good!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce chocolate cake, chocolate cake recipe with applesauce, gluten-free chocolate cake
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Jenny Finke


  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend 280 grams
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 2-3 cups chocolate chips (for topping)
  • 3-5 Tbsp. brown sugar (for topping)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line a 9" x 13" baking dish with foil, spray with cooking spray
  • In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add to mixture eggs, vanilla, applesauce and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa.
  • Add flour mixture slowly to wet mixture, mixing on low and scraping sides to ensure all ingredients are combined.
  • Transfer mixture to greased baking pan.
  • Generously cover mixture with chocolate chips and brown sugar.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes until center comes out clean with a toothpick.


  1. Use unsweetened applesauce when possible.
  2. You can also use cinnamon applesauce, simply omit cinnamon. 
  3. Cake will be moist. It tastes better when you allow it to sit for a few hours before serving. 
  4. Store extra cake in a storage container.
  5. Cake freezes well. I often eat half, then save the other half for a rainy day. 


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.3mg