- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 cups applesauce
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- Confectioners' sugar, optional
- Place raisins and hot water in a small bowl; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients except last three. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water; add to batter. Mix well. Drain softened raisins and fold into batter. Pour into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
- Bake at 300° for 40 minutes. If desired, dust top with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm or cold. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Reviews forGrandma's Applesauce Cake
"My husband enjoyed this moist tasty cake. I soaked the raisins in apple juice instead of water. I also drizzled it with a glaze made with powdered sugar and apple juice."
"This is basically the same recipe that my mother-in-law has made for years. Her directions are slightly different. She always added the baking soda to the 1/2 c of boiling water. I was wondering if anyone has made this using less sugar? I love it but it is so sweet. I also bake this at 325, not 300. It usually takes about 55 mins."
"This was an awesome cake. Tasted just like my mom's recipe. I made it for my dad's birthday for the first time. I added 2 eggs instead of 1 and baked at 340 degrees for 40 minutes then turn oven down to 300 and baked another 20 minutes. Came out perfect. It has a lot of moisture so it does take longer to bake than a normal cake but the results are pleasing. It definitely is moist and requires no frosting because it is very sweet. I just topped with a little lite cool whip and it was just enough to complete it. the raisins and nuts gave it such a great contrast of texture, It wouldn't be the same cake with out them . My tip to you: spray your knife with a little nonstick spray before cutting so that you don't tear your cake up. All the sugar and moisture in the cake makes it stick. Enjoy."
"The taste of very good, but I had trouble with the baking time/temperature...is it really 300 for 40 minutes? I baked it 55 minutes and it was still not really done."
"I loved this recipe. I substituted a cup of diced apples for the nuts. Super moist and delicious!"
"My husband had requested Applesauce cake like his mom used to make. I found this recipe and followed it except for the raisins, nuts and confectioner's sugar as he didn't like these. Instead, he prefers it topped with sweetened applesauce. I thought this was unusual, but was willing to try. It was great! We all liked it, including my 2 young children. They all said this is a keeper!"
"Some changes: 1c white sugar, 1c brown sugar. added 1t vanilla. very tasty, moist. strong spice flavor. may try halving the spices next time. a definite keeper."
"This recipe is wonderful and so moist! I drizzled icing on the top and my family loved it. Will definately make again."