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Another Vintage Recipe from My Mother's Stash ... a Tasty Applesauce Cake

Updated on August 9, 2013
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Ready to eat
Just look at the richness in this moist spicy applesauce cake!
Just look at the richness in this moist spicy applesauce cake!
The batter
The batter

My Mother's Original Applesauce Cake Recipe

Cream together 1/2 cup of butter, 2 cups sugar, and 1-1/2 cups applesauce. Sift 2-1/3 cups flour, 3 teaspoons soda, 1 each B.P. cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Combine with first mixture, add 1 cup raisins dredged with flour. Beat well and bake. READ 'SPECIAL NOTES' BELOW BEFORE TRYING OUT THE RECIPE!!!

Special notes: For one thing, we thought the amounts of baking soda and sugar were excessive. Perhaps the listed amounts were because of the low elevation so at our higher elevation we used one teaspoon soda and 1-1/2 cups sugar. It worked just fine with those changes and the flavor was marvelous.

As usual with these old recipes, there were no other instructions. We looked at the amount of batter and decided that a 9X13 glass baking dish would be a good choice. As you can see from the picture, the single layer was slightly thinner then many cakes. Of course, we lined the baking with parchment paper for easy removal.

We baked the cake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Be sure to check to make certain it does not over bake.

Raisins were not added to the batter ... our preference ... BUT, if you like cake with raisins, just put them in.

The Frosting

Because there was not a recipe with the cake, the group requested cream cheese frosting. I had used the Easy Frosting recipe on page 141 of Nature's Golden Treasure Honey Cookbook (Joe M. Parkhill) before and really liked it. It is so quick and easy to make!


8 ounces softened cream cheese

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

  • Beat cream cheese until smooth, then add honey in a fine stream. Add vanilla and beat until smooth.

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we did. Be sure to check out my other Hubs that contain my mother's vintage recipes!

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy "Annie" (wabash annie) -

      Keep the recipes coming. I'm not just a nut, I'm a genuine food nut. Ate some pumpkin pie today that had zero crust - made its own, and it was mighty good, too. (Check out the hub by "au fait" for that recipe.) This applesauce cake recipe was an eye-catcher being as how I like "wet" cake over the dry ones. Gonna bookmark this one so I can find my way back at kitchen war time. Looks good.

      Gus :-)))

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Appreciate your comments, Gus. My mother did have a nice bunch of old recipes. I'll be sure to try your pumpkin pie recipe as I prefer those pies and quiches that do make their own crusts. Happy cooking ... Annie

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Annie, I love this recipe. I have a Chocolate Applesauce cake recipe that my great-grandmother made on my site. The old recipes are wonderful and the applesauce really moistens a cake right up. I have not seen an applesauce spice cake recipe before.

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      Asp52 4 years ago from England

      Wow- my mouth is drowning looking at that, I love my cakes to be a mix of flavour's and that looks the job! Hopefully I can bake this with my daughter over Easter!

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Thanks for your kind words. I'll check out your great-grandmother's recipe.

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I, too, love the moist cakes with lots of flavors. Thanks for your comments, Asp52!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This sounds very good. I use to make an applesauce cake years ago but don't know where the recipe is I used will have to try yours. Voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Your recipe sounds delicious! I love a spicy, moist cake. I will be giving this a try very soon! Voting up and more! :)

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Everyone who tries it loves it. Hope you do too!

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Moist cakes are my favorites too. Thanks for commenting!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This looks delicious. When my niece was a baby and approaching her first birthday, my sister found a similar recipe and made it for the party. I remember how delicious it was.

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Appreciate your comments. Personally, I enjoy the more moist cakes (one brother called them soggy and he meant it as a compliment!).

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