Spicy Applesauce Cake Recipe
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Spicy Applesauce Cake Recipe

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For a "picnic perfect" dessert, this moist delicious cake travels and slices very well. With chocolate chips, walnuts and raisins, it's a real crowd-pleaser. -Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:20-24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 20-24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 227 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the applesauce, sugar, shortening and eggs. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves; gradually beat into applesauce mixture until blended. Stir in the raisins, chocolate chips and walnuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 20-24 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Applesauce Cake in Taste of Home August/September 1995, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 227 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

THANK YOU to the person that posted this recipe!!

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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013 Edited Jun. 23, 2014

This recipe is also a keeper and I have used this recipe with some adjustments to it! I added 1/8 cup flour when mixing in the raisins and chocolate chips. Also, I found that vegetable or canola works just as well as shortening-I'll use either. I DID find that when I first made this cake, I needed to allot MORE baking time! Since then, I have baked this cake 45 minutes to really make sure that the cake is fully baked! Other than that, I'll use this recipe when I want to make an applesauce cake! I also use natural unsweetened applesauce in place of the regular applesauce and it has worked just as well for me! Thank you,Marian Platt, for this recipe! Dawn E. Lowenstein

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

This cake quickly became a favorite for family and company get-togethers! I've made it for years. I use unsweetened applesauce, which does not affect the finished product. Cutting back the amount of ground cloves a bit might appeal to some folks.

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Reviewed Aug. 7, 2009

Excellent cake! My family isn't big on raisins or cloves so I left them out and substituted pecans instead of walnuts. Very yummy!

Dee

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Reviewed Oct. 29, 2008

This is yet another TOH recipe that I prepared, brought in to work, and that my co-workers fell upon like starving wolves.

I used a pint jar of my mom's homemade applesauce. It worked out great texture-wise, but because it's already well-seasoned with cinnamon I used a lighter hand with the cinnamon in the cake batter. Next time I think I'll go easier on the other spices as well if I use the homemade applesauce. However, if I were to use the jarred supermarket applesauce, I'd add the full teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.

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