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Grandma's Applesauce Cake Recipe

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This moist cake recipe is a treasured heirloom passed down from my Grandma Stuit, who cooked for a family of 13 during the Depression. At reunions, it's the first dessert gone...including the crumbs! —Joanie Jager, Lynden, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 282 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 237 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place raisins and hot water in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce and water. Drain raisins; fold into batter with the walnuts.
  3. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 300° for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Serve warm or cold. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Grandma's Applesauce Cake in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p21

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 282 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 237 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

The taste of very good, but I had trouble with the baking time/temperature...is it really 300 for 40 minutes? I baked it 55 minutes and it was still not really done.

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Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

I loved this recipe. I substituted a cup of diced apples for the nuts. Super moist and delicious!

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

This cake is delicious. I cut the recipe in half to make an 8" square cake, and it turned out great. I used half white sugar and half brown sugar. I will definitely make this again!

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

My husband had requested Applesauce Cake like his mom used to make. I found this recipe and followed it except for the raisins, nuts and confectioner's sugar as he didn't like these. Instead, he prefers it topped with sweetened applesauce. I thought this was unusual, but was willing to try. It was great! We all liked it, including my 2 young children. They all said this is a keeper!

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Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

Some changes: 1c white sugar, 1c brown sugar. added 1t vanilla. very tasty, moist. strong spice flavor. may try halving the spices next time. a definite keeper.

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