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Sourdough Applesauce Cake Recipe

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This is the perfect cake for anyone watching what they eat especial diabetics. The applesauce nearly eliminated the sugar in this cake and it is so moist and delicious.—Gloria Secor, Kenosha, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups Sourdough Starter
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • About 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Maple flavoring to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 633 calories, 31 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 108 mg cholesterol, 625 mg sodium, 86 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. For cake, cream together shortening and sugar; beat in eggs. Stir in the starter, applesauce, cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Set aside. In a small bowl, blend salt, baking soda and sugar. Sprinkle over batter; stir in gently. Add flour; stir until smooth. Add nuts and raisins; stir well. Pour into two greased-and-floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For icing, combine butter, sugar and egg yolk. Add flavoring; set aside. Beat cream with 1 teaspoon sugar; fold into icing. Frost cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sourdough Applesauce Cake in Country Woman January/February 1990, p39

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Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"This is a very nice recipe that makes a very generous cake. It is not low in sugar, in my opinion."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2009

"How is this good for diabetics? The nutrition facts say that a single serving (1 slice) has 86 g of carbohydrates. That is nearly twice the amount of carbs that I eat in an entire meal. Not to mention the 31 g of fat per slice."

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