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Apple Raisin Spice Cake

 Apple Raisin Spice Cake
Grandma wrote down the recipe for this inviting cake on a piece of brown paper bag. It's loaded with popular spices, so the aroma while baking is out of this world! The warm sauce makes it moist...and special. Add a dollop of whipped topping for a real treat. —Shirley Joan Helfenbein, Lapeer, Michigan
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Place raisins in a small bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand
  • for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs,
  • one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce
  • and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt,
  • nutmeg, baking soda and ginger; add to creamed mixture just until
  • blended. Stir in walnuts and raisins.

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Apple Raisin Spice Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for
  • 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve with Hard Sauce (recipe also in Recipe Finder). Yield: 8
  • servings.