Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake

I was going to add to the post’s title, “and a ‘Blogiversary,’ ” because it has already been six months since my first post ever  (woohoo!) …  I mean, if a lovey dovey couple can celebrate their two-month anniversary with balloons, a dinner and loads of chocolate, I can celebrate my six month relationship to this blog and you with a tasty recipe and awesome baker’s scale giveaway, right?
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake

6 months of happy blogging and 36 delicious recipes so far!  This is a happy day.

Isn’t it strange reuniting with something?  In mere seconds, you realize how much you’ve missed it and how long you’ve been apart.  No, I’m not talking about a boyfriend, I’m talking about my dorm’s oven.  I’m not a freak, I swear.  Okay, I half swear.  I never knew how much I loved that old thing until I baked this cake.  All of these no-bake treats recently have given me cravings to open a door leading to 375 degrees of pure, warm love.  I missed setting my kitchen timer.  I missed using my oven mitts.  I missed my adorable little cake tester!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake

I think I might be suffering from “baker’s withdrawal.”  I know that exists.  I swear it does…  or is that the addiction talking?  Anyhow, that totally awesome addiction led me to this recipe (a recipe that required four trials to perfect).  Here is a visual representation of my baking trials:

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake
Trial #1:
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake - Desserts with Benefits

     Mmmm, this smelled so delicious while in the oven!  The cinnamon and the oats made it feel like the season was really here (despite the fact that it’s still in the 90s here in Arizona!).  As I brought the cake out of the oven, it looked even better.  When I cut into it, it was moist!  What a surprise right?  I wanted to gobble it all up right then and there, but I had to wait until breakfast since it was 11 at night.  By the time the sun came up, I giddily hopped out of bed and ripped the foil off the cake.  Ah, good … the aroma was still there.  I took a giant fork and demolished about a third of the cake in one swoop, then, chomp.  Hmm, a little bland, but not unbearable.  A few more bites in, I realized the cake was a little on the doughy side.  When I got around to the corner piece, I was saddened to see that it was tough and dry, but that was easily fixed with a drizzle of honey.  After glancing through my pantry, I asked myself, “Why am I making a basic applesauce cake when I have ALL of these extracts?!?”  I have a lot, by the way.  They were the perfect going-away gift for my sophomore year in college.  I have vanilla, maple, almond, hazelnut, chocolate, butter, butterscotch, lemon, orange, coconut, mint and peppermint.  I feel like I’m missing one…  anyways, what matches well with apple?  I don’t know about you, but butterscotch definitely stuck out to me.


Trial #2:
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As soon as I opened the bottle of butterscotch extract, me and my roommate were mesmerized by its fantastic scent.  While the cake was baking in the oven, passerby’s stuck there heads in with wide eyes and said, “Whooaa, smells good!”

It made me happy to know that college students could be attracted to a low sugar, low fat, whole grain cake.  And the flavor?  Insanely good, especially compared to the first trial.  It was soft and moist, not tough and dry, but still needed some work.

Trial #3:

Finally, the perfected recipe!  Even though this is my blog’s first, half-birthday, I felt like it was my own since I was the one eating the cake!  Oh, right.  You’re are probably wondering how the cake was.  It was deeeelicious!  😀  So moist and packed with cinnamon and butterscotch flavor, not boring and dry like trial #1.  The flavors worked so well together.  And do you know how to make this cake even better?  Leave it overnight!  I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but something happens to the cake and it becomes even more moist and even more butterscotchey.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake (high altitude)

Yield: one 8 inch cake


  • 192g (2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, blended to a flour (or ~1.5 cups oat flour)
  • 48g (1/2 cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, left whole
  • 80g (1 cup) Whey Protein Concentrate
  • 2+1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1+1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Wet:
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Soymilk
  • 369g (1+1/2 cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 84g (1/4 cup) Honey
  • 42g (3 tbs) Grapeseed Oil (or any other neutral oil)
  • 21g (1 tbs) Molasses
  • 1+1/2 tsp Butterscotch Flavor
  • 1+1/4 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray your pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients and let sit for a few minutes. Pour over the dry ingredients and fold together. Whisk the batter vigorously for about 20 seconds to break up any flour clumps.
  4. Pour batter into the pan and bake for ~40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


*This is a high altitude recipe made at about 2,500 feet. If you live at sea level, do not attempt to make this cake unless you know how to alter recipes to suit specific altitudes!

This recipe is: low fat, low sugar, high fiber, high protein, gluten free!

To make this even more decadent, top with my Classic White Icing!


TIME FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!  And what is more fitting than a baker’s scale?  Small, delicate and slim… the size of a Kindle, a small book, or a spread out hand.

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These are my scales…  mama scale, baby scale.

This is my little beauty.  So clean, so easy to use, and so helpful!  I bought two scales, one black, one white.  I got first pick, of course, and chose black.  First come first serve!  Hehehe

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^^ Weighing the oats before blending

Why is a baker’s scale important?  Because I always make my desserts with one (especially the baked goods) and for three reasons:

  1. Baking is a very precise practice.  For example, flour is a very temperamental ingredient.  One cup of flour will weigh a certain amount on a humid day and a different amount on a dry day.  The weighing of ingredients allows the results I get in my kitchen to be almost identical to the results you will get in your kitchen.
  2. It uses less material (mixing bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, utensils, etc).  Measuring three tablespoon of honey can be a pain.  You have to spray the measuring spoon with PAM, and even then not all of it comes out fully.  With a scale, you just squeeze the honey into the mixing bowl, no spoons needed and there is less dish-washing to do.
  3. It allows you to make accurate nutrition labels.  Many nutrition labels are not accurate, for example, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder will weigh 32g on my scale rather than 20g they say it is supposed to weigh.  Now, you can add up the exact number of calories, fat, fiber, protein, etc)

And healthy baking is a difficult thing to do.  Some of my recipes, like the Citrus Pound Cake and Dark Chocolate Coconut Cake are touchy recipes–a few grams off of flour could ruin the end result!  There is nothing worse than seeing pictures of a delicious cake on a blog, and then when you finally bake it, it doesn’t turn out as expected.

How to Enter the Baker’s Scale Giveaway:  Leave a comment.  Yup, that’s it!  You don’t need to follow me on facebook, twitter, the blog, etc.  But, if you are interested in my healthy recipes, simply follow or sign up for an email subscription on the righthand side bar.

Giveaway Rules:  One (1) comment (and one only!) per person.  US residents only

Giveaway starts now and ends Monday, October 24th at midnight.  I will use a program that will randomly choose a winner, and will announce the lucky individual on Tuesday, October 25th.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake

Again, if you’re at sea-level and can’t enjoy this cake, I am very sorry…  but now you have an even better excuse to enter the giveaway and treat yourself!  And to those at 2,500 foot altitude, start baking!  😀

Labels: Applesauce, Butterscotch, Cakes-and-Cupcakes, Eggless, Gluten-Free, High-Altitude, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Honey, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Molasses, Oats, Whey-Protein-Concentrate

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Comments (67)

  1. Nicola: October 20, 2011

    Oh looks like I might be the first commenter tho by the time this posts there will prob be like 8940320 comments. I still love your blog and want to make something from it SOOO badly but i DONT have a scale sooo I just know it won’t come out right so if I won one it would be epic and i’ve been dying to try those really precise recipes but alas, no scale, i don’t even know which one to choose (tho now i do bc you show it!<3)

    I actually really enjoyed reading through the ingredient trials, the molasses made me giggle…hmm 0, nah, how bout 7, no more, double, NO more, triple to 21! ahh yes, 21!

    ngallo58 at gmail dot com

  2. tutupaslab: October 20, 2011

    I am not entering the giveaway ( I live oversea :() BUT I wanted to congratulate you on your blog-iversary!!

  3. Nicole: October 20, 2011

    I always have to go to Google when recipes call for weight to find the equivalent cup size. That scale would help oh-so-much!

  4. Caitlyn: October 20, 2011

    I always love trying out your recipes, sadly without a scale to get the most precise measurements. I would love to win this one, but if not I’ll have to go out and get one soon! I can’t wait to try out this cake recipe, looks delicious :)

  5. Cooking with 5 Kids: October 20, 2011

    I have always wanted to win a cool scale like this. Your recipe looks delicious and now I am following your blog. Happy blogiversary!

  6. Heather: October 20, 2011

    oooh, I’ve been lusting after kitchen scales for years! I would love this one.

  7. Joanne: October 20, 2011

    this sounds delicious! must try it sometime soon!

  8. Meryl: October 20, 2011

    Great giveaway!

  9. Diana Hu: October 20, 2011

    Wow, what a lovely result! Happy blog-o-versary!

    The kitchen scale looks awesome

  10. Sarah: October 20, 2011

    I’ve always wanted to bake with a scale!

    And perfect my mom’s bread recipe (she’s a measure by eye type of baker). The scale may be just what I need!

  11. jess z: October 20, 2011

    Thanks for your meticulously tested recipes! I need a scale badly! And this one looks so sleek…

  12. Beth @ Tasty Yummies: October 20, 2011

    I am not entering the giveaway as I already have a scale and it should go to someone who doesn’t – but I wanted to comment on how much I love that you showed all of the trial and error, ingredients, measurements and all. As someone that is still learning to bake and is always playing, it’s great to see other people’s process. Thanks for sharing!

    By the way, I found you blog through today and I am in love, it is SO adorable. That background alone is just too sweet! Glad to have found you :)

  13. Allie young: October 20, 2011

    mmm… looks delicious! I want some!

  14. Brittany R.: October 20, 2011

    Congrats on your blogiversary!! This recipe looks great, and I love this scale! I’ve been looking for one for my kitchen but I can’t find one I like!

    bmrome985 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  15. Diane: October 20, 2011

    A scale would be great! Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake looks great!

  16. Kara: October 21, 2011

    This looks delicious and it makes me with I lived at a higher altitude. :)

  17. Lauren: October 21, 2011

    Just found your blog, and I love it! I am thinking about going into nutritional studies in college next year too, but I also love baking. Thanks so much for sharing such great recipes!

  18. Judith: October 21, 2011

    Wow, Christmas in October. A scale was on my list for Santa. Love the way you spell everything out in detail.

  19. Bobbie {thevegancrew}: October 21, 2011

    That cake looks amazing! And what an awesome giveaway! I’ve wanted a scale like this for a long time. Thanks for the opporunity. :)

  20. Anonymous: October 21, 2011

    I would looove a scale so so much! I’ve recently gone on a bread obsession, and apparently the proper way to do it is by weighing everything.. (oops). :)


    rememberme 233 at hotmail dot com

  21. Molly Mackenzie: October 21, 2011

    Looks super yummy! Cant wait to make it!

  22. Natalie @ Cinnamon Bums: October 21, 2011

    i love all your posts and your recipes!!! it’s awesome how you spend so long perfecting a recipe! congrats on 6 months =)

  23. Jessica: October 21, 2011

    I would love to have a scale that is digital, I feel my nondigital isn’t accurate enough! The cakes look delish too!

  24. this recipe sounds great! i will have to work with the liquids since i am at sea level :( and this scale would be perfect because mine broke about a month ago!

  25. Mb: October 21, 2011

    i would LOVE one of these…

  26. Sarah O.: October 21, 2011

    Ooh, I’ve never used a baker’s scale, but I would certainly love to start!

  27. katie: October 21, 2011

    I really should invest(or win) in a scale because Ive heard that it is the best way to measure out ingredients!

  28. Renee: October 21, 2011

    I continue to love how you are ‘health-i-fying’ some super tasty mouth watering recipes! And thanks for breaking down the reason why to weigh things. Oh and now I so have to figure out what level I live (butterscotch anything is amazing, IMO).

  29. peanutbutterlover: October 21, 2011

    Your blog gives me great inspiration for my baking adventures. Happy Anniversary…

    I currently have a scale, but sadly it is malfunctioning and constantly says ERROR. I would love to win a new one as I use it everyday! Thanks :)

  30. Micah G: October 21, 2011

    I find it so interesting how a cup of flour can very in weight! It will certainly help my baking to have a scale!

  31. Chris: October 21, 2011

    Yum. Now I want to go home and bake a cake! (Maybe I will :])

    I don’t yet have a kitchen scale, but I always imagine my future self as the sort of person who uses one always.

  32. Alexandria H.: October 22, 2011

    I’ve always wondered how people outside of the US baked in grams! Until I saw a television show with Jamie Oliver and he was using a scale. I just have always thought it was odd to bake with a scale and have to add a little more and subtract a little, so I concluded that wasn’t even a possibility. I thought it would be messy, hard, and time consuming. But nonetheless, I’ve seen wonderful recipes I want to try, but can’t because I don’t have a scale and I’m afraid converting things will end up in incorrect ratios. I totally underestimated the scale. Thank you for the explanation, it really helped!

  33. emilialiveslife: October 22, 2011

    This cake looks absolutely delicious. I’ve been wanting to get a scale for so long in order to make more complex desserts, I need the precision! :)

  34. Cindy Oh: October 22, 2011

    Mmm… Smells like autumn! :) (or fall, of course, but autumn sounds much more beautiful to me)
    I’m on a student budget and would love a scale… To bake delicious vegan goods with precision

  35. Francesca: October 22, 2011

    this cake looks amazing! i love fall flavors- the most comforting scents and tastes i can think of are apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, maple, molasses, and so on…and i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win that scale. i’ve wanted one for a long time!

  36. Rebecca: October 22, 2011

    Beautiful recipes! ALMOST makes me wish I wasn’t at sea level 😉

  37. Whitney: October 22, 2011

    I would be ecstatic to win this!

  38. Cheryl: October 22, 2011

    I love healthy recipes! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter. Also thank you for the recipes, one can never have too many recipes. I am making this cake on Sunday!

  39. DYNA: October 22, 2011

    Your recipes always look so awesome!

  40. Anonymous: October 22, 2011

    mm..i love apples, cinnamon, AND butterscotch. will definitely be trying this in the near future. && i would love a scale! little fancy mousse cakes are next on my things to accomplish..i’m sure precise measurements would help me out :)


  41. Courtney H.: October 22, 2011

    All your recipes look so scrumptious!!!

  42. Audrey: October 22, 2011

    I would love to win this. It looks really handy for getting exact measurements.

  43. Tracy: October 22, 2011

    This cake sounds delish! I am no scientist but will try to find a way to adapt it for sea-level. Happy Blog-iversary!

  44. K and Q: October 22, 2011

    Can’t wait to make this cake! So nice to see a yummy gluten free recipe that doesn’t include a bunch of crazy types of “flour.” Baking will be so much easier with that cute baby scale.

  45. Pauline: October 22, 2011

    Contest entry! I want a kitchen scale sooo bad!

    Plus, I really want to make your apple cinnamon butterscotch cake, but what if I don’t want to use whey protein? Can i use regular flour or replace it with something else? Thanks!

  46. Kaleigh: October 22, 2011

    I had a Salter food scale, but it died two weeks ago! It was so very frustrating because I didn’t do anything, it was working fine all day and then suddenly it wouldn’t turn on that afternoon. I used it constantly because I like to be exact in my measurements, so you can imagine how stressful it was to lose it. Sigh. So anyway, all that to say it would be awesome to win a new one :)

    Also, your blog is absolutely adorable. I love the birdies in the background!

  47. Anonymous: October 22, 2011

    That is a tiny scale!

  48. kara: October 22, 2011

    i found your page after seeing the white chocolate coconut petit fours link on tastespotting. great recipes, and lovely pictures!

  49. Mommy This and That: October 23, 2011

    A scale, a scale, I want to win a scale!

    I love that you bake with healthy ingredients! I’ll be poking around and pinning some of your recipes to pinterest.

  50. Anna L.: October 23, 2011

    Hello – First time to your blog. Wonderful to see that you are pursuing nutritional sciences and being inventive while healthy! Thank you for the opportunity to win this baking scale.

  51. bsweetdreaming: October 23, 2011

    I LOVE your blog :)
    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming

  52. Commander "Yarn"sinia Pestis: October 23, 2011

    I just found your healthy key lime pie and am so happy to have another great blog to add to my RSS feed (a fancy scale would be pretty great too ^_^).

  53. KW: October 23, 2011

    This cake looks perfect with a cup of tea

    I’ve never used a baker’s scale but the benefits you described sound awesome

  54. tealeaf09: October 23, 2011

    I love your healthy alternatives for otherwise sinful recipes! I’m excited to try that key lime pie recipe! A baker’s scale is on my Christmas list anyway so it would be awesome to win one sooner and use it to bake for the holidays! 😀

  55. Jessica Hernandez: October 23, 2011

    Love your recipes! Definitely want to try this one out soon as well as your healthy key lime pie!

  56. Shiona: October 23, 2011

    My husband asked me this morning what I want for Christmas… and I couldn’t think of anything… until now. I totally want a baking scale!

    (shownah at

  57. SuzGR: October 24, 2011

    all of your recipes look great
    (and love your font) …scale would be a welcome addition to my kitchen as well.
    thanks for the contest!

  58. Carmen: October 24, 2011

    Great cake recipe – and thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Ranelle: October 24, 2011

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. lisa: October 24, 2011

    Beautifully presented blog.

  61. Alex: October 24, 2011

    I am also a college sophomore living in a tiny dorm! Just wish I had the opportunity to cook more often 😛

  62. Ashley: October 24, 2011

    Ohhh! I’ve been trying to convince the boyfriend to let me get a kitchen scale! What an awesome giveaway ; )

  63. Nicole: October 25, 2011

    what a great idea for a giveaway! it makes it easier to be a great baker!!

  64. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: October 31, 2011

    I know! I’m not much for molasses, so I didn’t want the flavor to be overpowering. All it really does is add color :)

    Tutupa’s Lab-
    Thank you!

    Beth @ Tasty Yummies-
    Wow, you are so sweet to do that.

    I hope you choose to study nutrition. It’s so helpful in your own life and you can share your knowledge with your loved ones.

    I wouldn’t recommend another flour/ingredient instead of the whey protein, especially because I used a large amount of it. I would recommend buying the whey because it can be added to many baked goods (or smoothies, icings, etc).

    Tealeaf09 and Jessica Hernandez-
    Hope you like the Key Lime Pie! :)


  65. Anonymous: November 9, 2011

    Thank you so much for your amazing blog. My bestie cannot come near anything with gluten and it always breaks my heart that she cannot enjoy all the yumminess out there. But thanx to you this is now possible and this yummy treat has by far become her favorite. Of course winning the scale would be awesome too…thank you again…Vai:)…

  66. Anonymous: October 9, 2012

    Could you substitute Casein Protein powder for the whey protein concentrate?

  67. I have never used casein protein in baking, but I’ve read that casein tends to dry things out more than whey. Feel free to test out the recipe using casein and maybe add 1-2 tablespoons more of the applesauce. Personally, I would keep the recipe the same and if it ends up dry, just drizzle honey over it or top it with icing :) this icing is my favorite:

    Good luck! Please write back on how the cake turns out :)

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