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), 0mg 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 42847
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

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

sstetzel 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 42250
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

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

janie430 15472
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

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

lagfcm 17971
Reviewed May. 15, 2010

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

h110437 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 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 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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