Apple Cake with Warm Honey Sauce

Bring warmth and happiness to you and your family with this delicious cake that fits well with your renal diet. Top with a dash of nutmeg and serve warm with honey sauce.

Serving size

3-inch slice




Apple Cake:

3 cups apples, peeled and diced (2 to 3 large, sweet-tart)

⅓ cup lemon juice

1 egg

½ cup sugar

½ cup honey

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


Honey Sauce:

½ cup honey

⅓ cup water

1 tablespoon (2 large lemons) lemon zest

1½ tablespoons lemon juice

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutrition Info

Makes:Serving size: 3-inch slice




5 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Trans Fat

0 g


31 mg


69 g


46 g


2 g


4 g


134 mg


46 mg


59 mg


106 mg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F and grease a 9 x 9 pan.
  2. Prepare apples and toss with lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. Beat egg and sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the honey and mix until combined then add the butter and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and set aside.
  6. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold into wet ingredients.
  7. When incorporated (batter will be thick and crumbly), fold in apples and all remaining juices in the bowl.
  8. When mixture comes together, place into the pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from the center. Cake should be golden and the edges pulling away from the sides.
  9. Remove from oven. As the cake cools, make the sauce.
  10. To make the sauce: place honey, water, lemon zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  11. When it reaches a boil, remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  12. Stir for one minute then pour over the cake.
  13. Let cool for 2 hours before cutting so the cake can absorb the sauce.
  14. Slice into 3-inch squares and serve.
Recipe contributed by Rory C. Pace, MPH, RD, CSR, FAND from Satellite Healthcare