This cake keeps well and will stay fresh for picnics or trips. Add a teaspoon of powdered ginger if you want it very spicy. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting before serving if you wish.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 - 8 inch round pans OR 1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 (8 inch) round pans, OR 1 (9x13 inch) pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the applesauce. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes for the 8 inch layers, OR 35 to 40 minutes for the 9x13 inch pan. Test to see if a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks.

Nutrition Facts

315 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 49.7g 16% DV; fat 12g 18% DV; cholesterol 51.3mg 17% DV; sodium 322.1mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2009
Great applesauce cake! This doesn't take long to bake - it's done in 35 minutes for a 9x13 pan. For those who found it dry maybe they overcooked it. I almost did! I upped the applesause by 1/2 cup and used 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown (decreasing the sugar by 1/2 cup). I also added 1 chopped apple and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. It smelled great coming out of the oven. For the icing I used Pumpkin Bar Icing from this site. It's a cream cheese icing that tastes great and is very simple. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2007
Well this was not my favorite. This is my first less then 5 stars I've ever given. Didn't have a great deal of flaavor and was dry. I may have baked it a bit too long. My oven and I have issues. I don't think I'll make this again. I'll try another spice cake sometime. It was easy but not didn't tickle my taste buds. Family thought it was O.K. Read More
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44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2009
Great applesauce cake! This doesn't take long to bake - it's done in 35 minutes for a 9x13 pan. For those who found it dry maybe they overcooked it. I almost did! I upped the applesause by 1/2 cup and used 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown (decreasing the sugar by 1/2 cup). I also added 1 chopped apple and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. It smelled great coming out of the oven. For the icing I used Pumpkin Bar Icing from this site. It's a cream cheese icing that tastes great and is very simple. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2003
Nice moist cake used a 9 X 13 pan and frosted it with cream cheese icing. Very easy and everyone enjoyed it! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2011
I was making these for my kids so I made this into cupcakes and didn't add in the raisins and walnuts; although I think I would have liked them more had I included these ingredients. But my kids liked them just as I made them and they didn't last long in the house. I topped the cupcakes with Allspice Cream Cheese Frosting also from this site. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2008
The cake was very moist. I made the cake without raisins or walnuts. It still turned out good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2011
Terrific recipe- this is a keeper. I found the cake to be easy to make very moist and delicious. In the future I wouldn t bother making a frosting for this as it stands well on its own. I made half the recipe resulting in 12 cupcakes. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2008
Our family loved this easy recipe.The cake vanished in notime. Iadded ginger cloves and used cannola oil instead of butter.Iused 1/2 cup wholewheat flour and glazed the cake using powdered sugar vanilla and a little water for a lactose free desert.thanks Britney! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/03/2008
I was expecting it to be a little more moist but it had great flavor. I added chopped apple and made them into cupcakes. I halved the recipe and made about 10 cupcakes. I cut the sugar back and still thought it was very sweet. If I made the full recipe I would cut out about a 1/2 cup of sugar. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2007
Well this was not my favorite. This is my first less then 5 stars I've ever given. Didn't have a great deal of flaavor and was dry. I may have baked it a bit too long. My oven and I have issues. I don't think I'll make this again. I'll try another spice cake sometime. It was easy but not didn't tickle my taste buds. Family thought it was O.K. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2004
I made this for a large group of people (tripled the recipe) at a soup kitchen we help with. They all loved it. Families from our church even took some home! I may have cooked it too long or it could have been a little more moist. Read More
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