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
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 20-24 servings


  • 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
  • 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.


  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

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"a nice old fashioned cake- moist, dense. I used home canned applesauce- and it took about 15-20 min longer to bake. Perhaps it had too much moisture? DH was not a fan of the cake, so to each their own. I learned that I do not like chocolate combined with the spices...but that is just me-others may love it."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"I just had this cake today, what a treat"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"THANK YOU to the person that posted this recipe!!"

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"

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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