This is a quick and easy recipe with applesauce in the batter to result in a moist cake you can frost as you please, if you please.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch square cake
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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 a 9 inch square cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with wax paper, or dust lightly with flour.

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  • Sir together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening. Blend in brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with applesauce; make 3 dry and 2 liquid additions, combining lightly after each. Turn batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 34.3g; fat 9.7g; cholesterol 31mg; sodium 195.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2009
I made this as a special request from my fiance. We both thought it tasted fine but there was nothing special about it. Maybe it should be a little sweeter. Oh well. Edit: The next day it was much sweeter. I guess it just needed some time for the flavors to settle. It also stayed very moist for a full week. I also forgot to mention that I made my own applesauce for this recipe and I added a glaze. My fiance wanted an applesauce cake like his Grandma used to make so I did my best to accommodate. Read More
(14)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2009
I made this as a special request from my fiance. We both thought it tasted fine but there was nothing special about it. Maybe it should be a little sweeter. Oh well. Edit: The next day it was much sweeter. I guess it just needed some time for the flavors to settle. It also stayed very moist for a full week. I also forgot to mention that I made my own applesauce for this recipe and I added a glaze. My fiance wanted an applesauce cake like his Grandma used to make so I did my best to accommodate. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2005
I made some adaptations from this recipe to make muffins. It was truly flavourful and my kids just loved the muffins. I used only half of the flour and added oatmeal for the rest. Simple change and made a hit with the kids. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2011
For us this is an excellent applesauce cake. some recipes are more like breads but because pf the cake and pastry flour this is definitely a cake. Much lighter than most and keeps so well. I do make it with half shortening and half butter because of flavor. Thanks for a lovely addition to my files. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2011
I made this to bring into work today for October birthdays and today was pretty hectic so I don't know if everyone liked it or not. However it was half gone by 1 pm which is pretty good for our group and I got at least one comment it was really good. I thought it was a tad sweet but I tend to think that about most baked goods. Very easy too. I always buy butter flavored shortening so perhaps that added to it--not sure. I would like a few more spices in this to make it more of an applesauce spice cake. I baked in a bundt pan and while it was small it baked in the time alloted. Very good thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2012
This is a good snack cake and we liked it. i did add a few things: in addition to the cinnamon - allspice ginger and ground cloves - a little of each plus i have some caramel extract which really added a nice taste. Did not frost but just dusted with powdered sugar. A great fall treat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2017
I served it with whip cream instead of icing and it was wonderful very moist and deliciously spicey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2017
Inmates loved it Read More
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