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James Westfall's Applesauce Cake

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Rhonda Kelly

"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 cals
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 g fat; 90.9 g carbohydrates; 7.3 g protein; 62 mg cholesterol; 464 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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