Applesauce Cake

When I was a little girl and started kindergarten, I used to go to school in the morning and then took the bus to my great-aunt’s house to spend the afternoon. My Aunt Ginny was a sassy lady who was always fun to be around. She was a very traditional cook, and my first exposure to things like canning was in her kitchen. 

One of her specialties was Applesauce Cake. I remember that she used to bake my dad one for Christmas every year, as it was his absolute favorite. Aunt Ginny passed away earlier this year, and I decided to start making the cake with Pickle to share a little bit of Aunt Ginny in our relationship. 

I have altered the recipe slightly, to adjust a bit for my taste and preferences. 







Someone takes measuring VERY seriously. 





While you are assembling all your batter ingredients – you need to boil 1 cup of raisins in about 2 cups of water. I add about a a tablespoon of maple syrup to the saucepan as well. 





This is the secret… mix the baking soda with 1/2 cup boiling water – I use the water from the raisins – and add that to the batter with raisins and chopped pecans. 



The original recipe uses walnuts, but I don’t enjoy them. Pecans are the perfect substitute. 






Applesauce Cake
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  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp cloves
  6. 1/2 tsp allspice
  7. 1/2 cup shortening
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2 cups applesauce
  10. 1 cup raisins
  11. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  12. 1/2 cup boiling water
  13. 2 tsp baking soda
  1. Add 1 cup raisins to 2 cups water and 1 tsbp maple syrup. Bring to a boil and drain, conserving 1/2 cup boiling water.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and spices.
  3. Mix in shortening, egg, and applesauce.
  4. Fold in raisins and chopped pecans.
  5. Stir 1/2 cup boiling water into 2 tsp baking soda and pour into batter. Mix well.
  6. Pour batter into a greased bundt or tube pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 70-80 minutes.

7 thoughts on “Applesauce Cake

    1. I took this one to work and everyone was a fan. It’s great as a dessert, snack, and I’ll be honest… It’s a great muffin substitute for breakfast with coffee. Hey… it’s applesauce, that’s healthy… right?

  1. I like pecans a lot more too.
    There’s an old-fashioned cake I make that calls for adding baking soda to boiling water. I always wondered what the purpose was.
    Thanks for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week.

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