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Raisin Applesauce Cake

This cake is one of my grandfather's favorites. And it seems like he always knows when you're making it—he must have a keen sense of smell! The recipe was passed down through the generations beginning with my great-grandmother. Sometimes I can imagine her making it all those years ago.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins


  • In a bowl, cream the sugar and shortening. Beat in molasses until blended; set aside. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce, beating well after each addition. Stir in raisins.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° until a toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cake will not rise to top of pan. After 10 minutes, remove cake from pan and cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 328 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Anne
    Dec 15, 2016

    This is a great cake, very moist -- used it as a fruitcake for the holidays -- added candied fruit and chopped nuts. Amazed people who were not a fruitcake fans.

  • sgronholz
    Nov 17, 2016

    What a delicious little bundt cake...perfect for the two of us! I substituted (drained) mashed canned pears for the applesauce, 1/2 c. chopped candied ginger for the raisins, and powdered ginger for the cloves. I also added a powdered sugar glaze. Yum! I will definitely be making this again and look forward to trying it with applesauce.

  • scancoor47
    Feb 17, 2012

    Very tastey .

  • janie430
    Nov 1, 2010

    Great recipe. Very easy and nice and moist.

  • lagfcm
    May 15, 2010

    Cake' great

  • wildflowerhill
    Nov 4, 2009

    just mix the molasses and applesauce in with the butter sugar mixutre! This is a wonderful and moist cake! I used homemade applesauce and golden raisans...yummmy! I will make this again and again! Thanks so much!