Raisin Applesauce Cake Recipe
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Raisin Applesauce Cake Recipe

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This cake is one of my grandfather's favorites. And it seems like he always knows when you're making it—he must have a keen sense of smell! The recipe was passed down through the generations beginning with my great-grandmother. Sometimes I can imagine her making it all those years ago.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 328 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream the sugar and shortening. Beat in molasses until blended; set aside. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce, beating well after each addition. Stir in raisins.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until cake test done. Cake will not rise to top of pan. After 10 minutes, remove cake from pan and cool on a wire rack. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Applesauce Cake in Reminisce July/August 1991, p35

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sandiwaggoner User ID: 2181677 42847
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"Eggs?? Eggs are not even listed in this recipe....Perhaps this recipe needs a rewrite...."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 16987
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"It's right in the directions - you add it with the sugar and oil after beating the eggs.

In a bowl, beat egg substitute for 1 minute on medium speed. Add the applesauce, sugar and oil; mix well. Combine the dry ingredients; add to applesauce mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins and walnuts.

scancoor47 User ID: 4592140 42250
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"Very tastey . Recipe need to stat when to add applesauce . This was left out."

janie430 User ID: 2391070 15472
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Great recipe. Very easy and nice and moist."

lagfcm User ID: 1528968 17971
Reviewed May. 15, 2010

"Cake' great--sure glad I wasn't a novice as the instructions are poor"

h110437 User ID: 4155124 15469
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Have to make sure you correct a couple of things for the people who don't cook all the time to make sure they put in the Applesauce & Molasses. It does make a great cake, will make it often."

wildflowerhill User ID: 4553750 40479
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"Yes...just mix the molasses and applesauce in with the butter sugar mixutre! This is a wonderful and moist cake! I used homemade applesauce and golden raisans...yummmy! I will make this again and again! Thanks so much!"

badgergirl User ID: 2400926 17164
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"This recipe is missing the critical step of what to do with the applesauce and molasses. I beat it with my mixer into the sugar/shortening mixture before I added the dry ingredients."

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