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Spicy Applesauce Cake Recipe

Spicy Applesauce Cake Recipe

This picnic-perfecgt 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. YIELD:20-24 servings


  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 227 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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Foxycook User ID: 6325977 268935
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017

"I made this for our annual family picnic a few days ago. I' still getting rave reviews about it. My son-in-law told my daughter that it beat his favorite cake that his mother makes!

I will make it again for the holidays adding cream cheese icing.
The only change I made was using mini semisweet chocolate chips and golden raisins.
The texture and flavors were perfect.
I think the cake is better eaten chilled.

Zenasis User ID: 8706676 255633
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2016

"I used homemade unsweetened applesauce and 1 cup whole wheat flour. It was moist and full of yummy flavor. Whole wheat gives it that extra grit. Yum Yum!"

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 218513
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."

Pet_1 User ID: 904130 218425
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

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

jdh0731 User ID: 3723039 4818
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

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

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 4897
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"

jtingle User ID: 1357448 3771
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."

deedillon User ID: 3350327 3323
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2009

"Excellent cake! My family isn't big on raisins or cloves so I left them out and substituted pecans instead of walnuts. Very yummy!


Aquarelle User ID: 985301 7285
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2008

"This is yet another TOH recipe that I prepared, brought in to work, and that my co-workers fell upon like starving wolves.

I used a pint jar of my mom's homemade applesauce. It worked out great texture-wise, but because it's already well-seasoned with cinnamon I used a lighter hand with the cinnamon in the cake batter. Next time I think I'll go easier on the other spices as well if I use the homemade applesauce. However, if I were to use the jarred supermarket applesauce, I'd add the full teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves."

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