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Grandma's Applesauce Cake Recipe

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. YIELD: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 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

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.

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.