Chocolate Spice Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Spice Cake Recipe

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My husband really enjoys this delightful cake. Eye-catching enough for a special occasion, this is so good you’ll want it any day of the week. —Karen Sue Garback-Pristera, Albany, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons brewed coffee, room temperature, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 284 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and 1/2 cup coffee. Combine the flour, 1/4 cup baking cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice, salt and cloves; gradually beat into creamed mixture until blended. Fold in raisins and walnuts.
  2. Pour into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar and remaining baking cocoa and coffee; drizzle over cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Raisin-Nut Chocolate Cake in Healthy Cooking April/May 2010, p50

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gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 260820
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"A great dessert for something a little different than your average cake. Made this for a birthday party and it was fantastic!"

lgagne2 User ID: 3947399 107314
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"Made this cake yesterday and everyone enjoyed it completely. I will definitely make this one again."

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