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2 Ingredient Healthy Apple Cloud Cake (No Flour, Eggs, Sugar, Butter or Oil)

This healthy cake is light, airy and melts in your mouth. It’s like eating a cloud. It’s a low calorie dessert that is just 2 ingredients. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require baking. It also doesn’t need any flour, eggs, butter, oil or added sugar. It’s a fun and unique cake to try.
slices of frosted apple cloud cake.

This isn’t your typical cake but it does look very similar to a regular cake. It is very fun to eat as it just melts in your mouth. One slice is only about 25 calories. It is perfect for when you are craving something a little sweet but don’t want anything heavy.

Ingredients

  • Applesauce
  • Gelatin

Unsweetened applesauce: I have only tested this with unsweetened applesauce. I think it should work with sweetened but I’m not sure if the added sugar in sweetened applesauce will affect the cake structure. I have not tried this with other fruits but I have used flavored unsweetened applesauce with my berry cloud cake.

Unflavored gelatin powder: The key to this recipe working is unflavored gelatin powder. I do not know if it will work with gelatin sheets. The gelatin is whipped with the applesauce until soft peaks form. This process is similar to how marshmallows are made which explains why you are able to create a light cake-like structure with the gelatin.
a beater with a peak of whipped gelatin and applesauce.

Cloud Cake Texture

You can see from the photos how much this cake looks like a regular cake. But you are probably wondering if it actually has the same texture as cake. When you bite in, you do get the mouthfeel of cake crumbs, but then the cake crumbs almost immediately melt in your mouth. So you do get a little bit of the sensation of eating cake but a much lighter cake.

If you’ve ever made or eaten cloud bread, I think it’s a similar idea. Cloud bread resembles regular bread in texture but a much lighter and airier version of it.
close-up shot of pieces of cake.

Storage

The cake should be kept in the fridge until ready to eat. While the cake can sit out for a few hours, it will start to get a little too moist if it sits out at room temperature too long. Uneaten cake should also be stored in the fridge.
overhead photo of pieces of cake on plates.

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2 Ingredient Apple Cloud Cake

Servings: 12 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This unique apple cloud cake is so light and airy that it seems like you are eating a cloud. It is a low calorie dessert that doesn't require flour, eggs, sugar, butter or oil.
4.81 from 21 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cup (400 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 1/2 tsp (15 g) unflavored gelatin powder

Instructions

  • Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with 2 sheets of parchment paper. To do this, cut 2 sheets of parchment paper long enough to line the bottom of the pan with extra hanging over the sides (you will need this to act as handles later). One sheet should go across the pan vertically. The other sheet should go on top and across horizontally so that all of the interior of the pan is lined.
  • Add applesauce to a large heat-proof mixing bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the surface. Whisk until gelatin is fully incorporated. The gelatin should thicken your applesauce as you mix it in.
  • Dissolve the gelatin in the applesauce. This is important because if the gelatin is not fully dissolved, the batter will not whip up to soft peaks. I used the double boiler method on the stove, but if you are used to dissolving gelatin with other methods (using the microwave at low wattage or heating up the applesauce and dissolving it in there), that will also work. For the stove method: add 1/2 inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Make sure you are using a saucepan that is smaller than your mixing bowl. You want to be able to put the mixing bowl on top of your saucepan without the bowl hitting the water. The bowl should also fit snugly so that the heat steam from the saucepan doesn't escape. Once the water is heated, place your mixing bowl on top. Stir applesauce mixture with whisk to dissolve the gelatin as the mixture begins to heat up. Be careful to not let the mixture boil or get too hot. You only need to mix a few minutes until the gelatin is dissolved, the applesauce turns liquidy again and is warm to the touch.
  • Remove bowl from stove and let cool for about 5 minutes. Pour applesauce into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer (or if you are using a hand mixer you can just leave the applesauce in its bowl) and beat on highest speed with wire whisk attachment for about 15 minutes or until soft peaks start to form. Your mixture should turn very light in color (almost white) and look like whipped cream. If you lift your wire whisk from the mixture, it should be able to hold a soft peak (see photo in post for reference).
  • Scoop batter into prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to smooth and even out surface. Try your best to not deflate the batter when adding it to the pan. Place cake into fridge for 1-2 hours to set.
  • The surface of the cake will look unchanged even when the cake is set. It will look wet. To test to see if the cake is set, peel the edge of the cake back from the parchment paper. The cake should be solid enough to let you peel it back and it should look like a slice of cake inside. Lift edges of the parchment paper to remove entire cake from pan.
  • Use a big sharp knife to cut cake slices. Store uneaten cake in fridge.

Video

Notes

  • I added some whipped cream to the top of the cake, but it is completely optional. I did it mainly to make the cake look nicer for the photos. I also like how the airy whipped cream complements the light texture of the cake.
  • If you don't have parchment paper, you can also line the interior of your cake pan with plastic wrap. It must be lined with something otherwise you will not be able to remove the cake from the pan because it is so delicate.
  • You can make this cake in an 8 inch square pan or 9 inch square pan. The cake in the photos are made in an 8 inch square pan. I prefer the 9 inch pan though because the cake slices were a little too tall in the 8 inch pan and it made the slices a little floppy and unsteady to stand up.
  • I don't have a substitute for applesauce at this time. I recently tested it with bananas and it did not work. 
  • Very slightly adapted from Real Cooking in My Kitchen.
  • I used Knox unflavored gelatin powder.*
  • *This product link is an affiliate link. This means I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 25kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, NET CARBS: 4g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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175 comments on “2 Ingredient Healthy Apple Cloud Cake (No Flour, Eggs, Sugar, Butter or Oil)”

  1. I heated up gelatin with applesauce in the microwave power 5 out (there are 10 powers on my microwave). Heated for about 5 minutes, mixing every minute.

    Then used a kichenaid stand mixer. Seriously thought it wasn’t going to work. After about 15 minutes soft peaks formed was white. Another 5 minutes it became thick like beat up egg whites. Tasted like cotton, little flavor.
    However once it set in fridge, was phenomenal! Like Apple infused cake.

    • I’m so glad it worked out well for you!

    • I made this last week, followed your directions to the “T,” and it was incredible!!! So light and fluffy with the perfect amount of flavor. It barely lasted a couple of days. Another huge hit- thank you for such an easy, De-Licious recipe!!

  2. Has anyone ever tried this with pumpkin instead of applesauce?!

  3. So yummy. Tastes like Apple infused cake

  4. I tried this and the taste is there, but it didn’t get real fluffy. I made sure to use unsweetened applesauce. I used the double boiler method for heating and dissolving the gelatin. I don’t have a stand mixer so I had to use a hand mixer, but used it on highest setting for roughly 15 minutes. It seemed to get lighter in color but didn’t look like whipped cream. In the pan, it turned out to be about 3/4″ thick. I’m not sure what happened. I plan to try again but thought about doubling the recipe to get a thicker cake???

    • We’re sorry you had trouble with the recipe – two things help with achieving the whipped cream consistency: ensuring the gelatin is completely dissolved in the applesauce while you heat it and then whipping the mixture for 15 minutes or until it holds soft peaks and is very light in color. Your mixture should be very light and fluffy. Based on what you said, maybe the gelatin wasn’t completely dissolved?

  5. Update: yesterday I tried adding cocoa powder, vanilla and splenda to the applesauce prior to beating. It would not whip to the correct consistency so I ended up adding more gelatin and beating it for an EXTRA 10 min. It set and was tasty but not nearly as fluffy. Today I tried adding splenda, cinnamon and vanilla AFTER beating and it immediately deflated to about half (it was heartbreakingto see tbh:(). This one is a toughy to vary. I am going to try using flavored gelatin and I’ll let you know how that goes but other than that I recommend sticking strictly to the recipe and vary what you top it with. The original is awesome.

  6. Un -freaking-believable! It tastes nothing like applesauce, and is miraculously cake-like in texture. It will be known as Houdini cake going forward because this s#!t is inexplicably magical. I can’t wait to play around with this recipe! Cocoa powder, extracts, sweeteners, flavored gelatin, spices, etc. Definitely happy to have it in my arsenal. Thank you!

  7. Can mixture be out in silicon egg-shaped pan instead of pan and parchment paper?

    • We don’t recommend it because this cake is very delicate and it will be hard to remove from a silicone pan

  8. I’m not going to give this a rating just yet because my first one was nothing like what is described or what I was hoping for.

    I assembled everything needed, opting for the double boiler stovetop method, measured everything carefully, lined an 8″ pan with parchment paper and proceeded by following the instructions to the letter. The mixture never got as light in colour as described or fully reached that soft peak stage that I was looking for either. I went an extra 5 minutes to be sure but ultimately gave up and poured it into the pan. It set in under 2 hours but is essentially just applesauce jello. Oh I will still eat it to be sure but it is not even close to what I would call cake-like.

    I suspect that my kitchenaid handheld mixer might be what let me down.

    I will try it again with a more powerful mixer.

    • It’s hard to say what might have gone wrong – if the gelatin was not fully dissolved in the applesauce that can cause problems. Also, it could be your mixer. We used a stand mixer.

  9. I’ve made this countless times. And with countless different little variables. Including adding some drops of liquid stevia, any flavor, adding additional gelatin, for more firmness. And I have mashed strawberries sweeten them with stevia and serve them over the top. I have also bear egg whites with stevia for a topping. I’m not a chocolate lover but I know that cocoa would work!
    Additionally I have started with strawberries instead of applesauce and accomplished the very same thing, Cloud Cake!

  10. This worked just fine in an 8″ springform pan using parchment paper on the bottom and a very light wipe of neutral oil (I used sunflower) on the sides. This avoids having to lift the cake out of the pan by means of the paper. The cake was completely separated from the sides of the pan once refrigerated. There was no taste of oil and I am not sure it needed the oil at all since the pan was nonstick.

  11. Have you tried this recipe using sugar free flavored gelatin? Just wondering if it would work because it mean a wide variety of flavors.

  12. Can you use cocoa powder in it to make it a chocolate cake?

  13. Recipe not clear for melting gel. I gVe up trhing to make since of it.

    • We go into great detail on how to do this in step 3 in the recipe card including how to do it on the stove or in the microwave.

  14. is it possible to make cupcakes out of this?? 🙂

  15. Is it possible to make this vegan by using agar instead of gelatin?

  16. So easy and delicious! I’m wondering how long these will keep in the refrigerator…

  17. I made my own applesauce, just wondering if green apples can be used.

    • Green apples are fine but we haven’t tried the recipe with homemade applesauce. It could work, but if the texture/thickness is very different from the storebought kind, your cake may have a different texture.

  18. SO GOOD!! I tried it the first time and I don’t think I waited long enough for the gel to turn to liquid in the applesauce.. now that I know how this will be in my fridge all the time! I love how easy and yummy this is! Thank you so much!!

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