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James Westfall's Applesauce Cake

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe has been handed down through the Westfall family for years. My grandfather, James Westfall, made this cake frequently, especially during the holidays. It is a great cake for family get-togethers."
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1 h 15 m servings 543
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 cake)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a fluted cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Beat sugar and shortening together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; beat in eggs until incorporated.
  3. Combine applesauce, water, and baking soda in a saucepan over medium heat; stir until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir applesauce mixture into shortening mixture; add vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and ground cloves together in a bowl. Gradually stir applesauce mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Fold in raisins and walnuts. Pour into prepared cake pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and transfer cake to a plate.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For moister raisins and to keep them from over-browning, soak in water and/or vanilla extract for about 15 minutes before adding to cake batter. Also, my mother always lined the bottom of the Bundt® pan with wax paper to keep bottom from over-browning.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 543 calories; 18.4 90.9 7.3 62 464 Full nutrition

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Made this and took to work. Everyone loved it. I made a caramel drizzle to pour over top!