James Westfall's Applesauce Cake


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
1 cake


  • cooking spray

  • 2 ⅔ cups white sugar

  • cup butter-flavored shortening

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 ¾ cups applesauce

  • cup water

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 ½ cups raisins

  • cup chopped walnuts


  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(R) pan with wax paper to keep bottom from over-browning.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

543 Calories
18g Fat
91g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 543
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 464mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 91g 33%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 59g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 256mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love