Grandma’s Applesauce Cake
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
- 1-1/2 cups applesauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Confectioners' sugar, optional
- Place raisins and hot water in a small bowl; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce and water. Drain raisins; fold into batter with the walnuts.
- Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 300° for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Serve warm or cold.
Nutrition Facts1 piece: 282 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 237mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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Jan 2, 2020
Absolutely wonderful! I only added 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Baked at 325 for 40 minutes and it came out golden and beautiful. Very moist and tender. This cake is already a family favorite
Dec 22, 2019
Delicious cake but the baking temp is way too low, it takes a lot longer to bake at 300 degrees, I had to turn it up to 340 for the last 15 minutes otherwise it would have taken 11/2 hours to bake! But the taste is great! Spicy just like I like it!
Apr 24, 2018
Only chose this recipe because it said "grandma's" extremely disappointed. Temp is too low and didn't have a good taste at all. Won't recommend it to anyone and am throwing it away. Sure isn't like my grandma's at all.
Nov 24, 2015
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.
Dec 18, 2014
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.
Jul 16, 2014
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.
Oct 20, 2012
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.
Sep 4, 2012
I loved this recipe. I substituted a cup of diced apples for the nuts. Super moist and delicious!
Aug 31, 2012
This cake is delicious. I cut the recipe in half to make an 8" square cake, and it turned out great. I used half white sugar and half brown sugar. I will definitely make this again!
Jun 19, 2012
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!