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Olivia’s Applesauce Cake

This cake is the one Olivia Walton made in the movie "The Homecoming", which was the basis for the TV series "The Waltons". She made the cake for Christmas, but apples are plentiful here, so we enjoy it any time of the year!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Remove 1/2 cup flour mixture to a small bowl; stir in raisins and nuts.
  • Add remaining flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with applesauce, beating well after each addition. Stir in raisin mixture. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 500 calories, 23g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • boobear13
    Jun 22, 2014

    Since I didn't have a fluted tube pan I made mine in an 8 in baking dish. Turned out great ............One serving did my husband's sweet tooth in.

  • piggyacres
    Nov 26, 2011

    I'm a pretty fair baker and this recipe doesn't work. It was brick heavy and tasteless. Never again!

  • Sandiepooh
    Sep 24, 2011

    I brought this recipe to a friends house last night for the dessert because they made the main meal and everyone raved about it & I must give them a copy of this recipe, the husbans wanted more & we said to wait. Sandie Flaxington, College Station, Tx.

  • Kerry Amundson
    Mar 29, 2011

    I guess I was a little harsh with my rating. I did manage to salvage it by making an orange glaze and pouring over the top. IF I do make this again I will put some orange zest in the batter.

  • Kerry Amundson
    Mar 27, 2011

    Sorry about the rating but this cake was NOT what I thought it would be. It smelled so good while it was baking (I baked it for ONLY 60 minutes and should have taken it out at 55! The estimated times of 65-75 would have been way too long. My goodness I never heard of baking a cake for that long!)It was moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Hmmm. And it tasted blah. No flavor. I think it should maybe have some molasses. My (homemade) applesauce even had cinnamon in it so thought I would be able to taste the cinnamon. Guess I will keep looking for that one special recipe some more. Sorry Olivia!

  • Trilby Yost
    Aug 4, 2010

    Oh my goodness, this cake brings back memories. I made this several times in the 'nineties, but haven't made it in maybe a decade. I don't know why I let it drop from my repertoire. Anyway, I remember it being wonderfully delicious and now I plan to make it again soon.

  • mugscie
    Apr 5, 2010

    This is one of those cakes that needs to be a tradition. It is so simple yet delicious. Bit hit with my husband and me.

    Jun 29, 2009


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    Mar 16, 2009

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