Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin’ Cake

I may be dating myself here, but back in the day, there used to be a box cake mix called “snackin’ cake” my grandmother used to prepare for us.  Nothing fancy, just a small 8″x 8″ cake that we always enjoyed getting as a treat.  This Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin’ Cake kind of reminds me of those days.

It’s so flavorful and we’re making use of a vegan mayonnaise in this recipe.  It adds moistness and a bit of tang.  Just look at that texture!

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

A bit of background… Two of my family members like to visit the Pennsylvania Amish country and so I asked, “the next time you are there, can you pick me up a cookbook?”  And they did 🙂  That is where this recipe originated.  It’s adapted from the Applesauce Mayonnaise Cake recipe I found in this book.

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

This recipe is so simple that you really don’t need a step-by-step tutorial except that I will mention it’s best to line your pan with parchment.  It’s SO much easier to get out after baking.

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

It bakes to a beautiful golden brown and I cut it into a generous nine servings.

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

The cake can be topped with a bit of vegan margarine and cinnamon sugar (this is a must try), or even a vegan whipped cream would be really nice.

But when that margarine melts on the warm cake and melds with the cinnamon sugar, it’s like reliving your childhood all over again with cinnamon toast!

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

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Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake

Vegan Amish Applesauce Snackin' Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 squares
Author aimee


  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1/2 c Vegan Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c Almond Milk
  • 1 c Applesauce
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp Ground Flax Seeds + 1-1/2 tbsp Water allow to sit for 10 minutes
  • 1-1/2 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.  Use a bit of cooking spray (if desired) to ensure easy release.

  2. In one bowl, combine sugar, vegan mayonnaise, almond milk, applesauce, and vanilla, mixing in thickened flax "egg" mixture.

  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. 

  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, 1 cup at a time, until combined. Do not over work the batter, keep it light!

  5. Pour into a parchment lined baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. 

  6. Serve warm (or reheat to warm), add a bit of butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.

  7. Alternately, top with vegan whipped cream (but don't skip that cinnamon sugar 🙂


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