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Can I use applesauce instead of apple butter?

Absolutely. Applesauce and apple butter are very similar to each other. They are made with the same ingredients and flavors. However, apple butter is cooked longer so it is thicker and more caramelized than applesauce. You can consider apple butter as a concentrated version of applesauce, and substitute both of them for each other in any recipe.

By the way, did you know you can make applesauce in a bread maker? You can follow this link to learn how to make applesauce in a bread maker.

What is apple butter used for?

Apple butter can be spread on toast, waffles, biscuits, and bread. You can add it to peanut butter sandwiches to enrich the flavor. Apple butter is also used in many recipes such as chicken, beef, pizza, sandwiches etc. You can also enhance the taste of cookies, cakes, pies, and puddings by adding some apple butter into them.

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apple butter cake bread machine recipe

Emine Aslan January 20, 2024
Apple Butter Cake Bread Machine Recipe

Summary: Here is a delicious apple butter cake flavored with nutmeg and clove. Everyone will love it!

Tags: Bread machine cakes

Cook Time:1:50 hour
Prep Time:10 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 532

Apple butter cake is a perfect fall dessert. It not only matches the season with its flavor and color, but also goes perfectly well with hot beverages such as tea and coffee. Imagine yourself sitting in front of the window and watching the signs of autumn while having apple butter cake with some black tea. How soothing and refreshing it would be.

The apple butter cake recipe below has a sweet apple taste enhanced with nutmeg and clove fragrance.Your house will fill with a warming smell, reminiscent of fall while your bread maker is baking apple butter cake for you.

Let’s not delay any longer and start making apple butter cake!

Tips for your bread maker:
Bread Machine Program: Cake (#8)
Delay Start Time Available: No
Color Option: Yes
Weight Option: No


  • 3 cups all purpose flour

  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2/3 cup butter, melted

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2½ cups apple butter


  1. Open the lid of the bread maker and remove the pan from the machine by pulling it upward.

  2. Make sure the pan is clean and both kneading paddles are in place.

  3. Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl, mix them until a smooth batter forms.

  4. Pour the batter into the bread pan.

  5. Put the bread pan back in the bread machine pressing it down so that it clicks into its place, and close the lid.

  6. Plug the bread machine into an outlet and press the “Power” button to turn the machine on.

  7. Use the “Program” button to select the program #8 for the cake cycle.

  8. Press the “Color” button to choose your desired crust color.

  9. Press the “Start” button to start the cake making cycle.

  10. The machine will let you know by making a beep sound once the cake making cycle is finished. Open the lid at this time and remove the bread pan out by using a pot holder.

  11. If you do not remove the apple butter cake immediately, the bread machine will automatically go into a warming cycle to keep the cake warm for one hour.

  12. After taking the bread pan out of the machine, flip the pan over and gently tap it to remove the apple butter cake. Make sure the kneading paddles are taken out of the cake.

  13. Slice and enjoy your apple butter cake!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
99.1 grams
13.8 grams
5.4 grams
65 milligrams
533 milligrams
2.2 grams

    You can try using cinnamon instead of nutmeg in this recipe as well. Cinnamon matches this recipe perfectly, too.


    You can serve apple butter cake topping with brown sugar buttercream. Vanilla bean glaze goes well with apple butter cake if you would like to have some glazing on it.

    You can serve apple butter cake as a sweet bread for breakfast. It perfectly accompanies tea and coffee as well if you are looking for something to make to serve to your loved ones during tea or coffee gathering.


    Apple butter cake should be stored in an airtight container to prevent it from drying. It will last up to 2 days at room temperature, and up to 5 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze apple butter cake to consume it much later.