Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Snack 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, right?

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake

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

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake

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:
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake - Desserts with Benefits

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.

1 8x8" cake

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Snack Cake (high altitude)



  • 192g (2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, blended to a flour (or ~1½ cups Oat Flour)
  • 80g (1 cup) Whey Protein Concentrate
  • 48g (½ cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, left whole
  • 2½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp Double Acting Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 369g (1½ cups) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk
  • 84g (¼ cup) Honey
  • 42g (3 tbs) Grapeseed Oil
  • 21g (1 tbs) Molasses
  • 1½ tsp Butterscotch Flavor
  • 1¼ tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray an 8x8" brownie 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 prepared 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!

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


Why is a baker’s scale important?  Because I always make my desserts with one.  Especially the baked goods, and for 3 good 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.

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!  😀

65 comments on “Healthy Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Snack Cake

  1. 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!

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

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

  7. this sounds delicious! must try it sometime soon!

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

    The kitchen scale looks awesome

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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 🙂

  12. mmm… looks delicious! I want some!

  13. 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!

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

  15. This looks delicious and it makes me with I lived at a higher altitude. 🙂

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. 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). 🙂


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  20. Looks super yummy! Cant wait to make it!

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

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

  23. 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!

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

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

  26. 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).

  27. 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 🙂

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

  29. 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.

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