Rating: 4.64 stars
317 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 232
  • 4 star values: 65
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2

Very moist spicy sweet cake with chunks of tender apples and raisins.

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 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). Butter a 10 inch tube pan. Cover raisins with warm water, let soak for 10 minutes and then drain. Whisk together flour, spices, and salt. Set aside.

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  • Cream together butter or margarine and sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir together soda and 1 tablespoon warm water, and mix into the sugar mixture. Stir in flour mixture, apples, and strained raisins until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan. Once cool, shake pan to loosen cake. Turn onto plate, and dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

357 calories; protein 4.1g; carbohydrates 53.6g; fat 14.9g; cholesterol 88mg; sodium 287.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (260)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
What a wonderful cake. I did make a few changes to the recipe. I used 1/2c brown sugar and 1c white sugar to cut down on the sweetness, and to give the spices more of a base to blend with. I also used cake flour instead of all-purpose. The cake flour lightens up the cake while still keeping it very moist. Use 1 cup + 2 tbl cake flour to 1 cup all purpose. I also add 2 teaspoons of apple liqueur along with the vanilla to give the apple flavor of the cake more of a boost. This is by far the best apple spice cake I have come across in a long time. Thanks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/07/2011
I turned these into muffins and just felt they lacked flavor. My husband likes them so they weren't wasted but none of the rest of us cared to eat any more.:-( Read More
(4)
317 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 232
  • 4 star values: 65
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
What a wonderful cake. I did make a few changes to the recipe. I used 1/2c brown sugar and 1c white sugar to cut down on the sweetness, and to give the spices more of a base to blend with. I also used cake flour instead of all-purpose. The cake flour lightens up the cake while still keeping it very moist. Use 1 cup + 2 tbl cake flour to 1 cup all purpose. I also add 2 teaspoons of apple liqueur along with the vanilla to give the apple flavor of the cake more of a boost. This is by far the best apple spice cake I have come across in a long time. Thanks!! Read More
(201)
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
This is very tasty and presents well baked in a tube pan. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it was too oily and a bit too heavy in the nutmeg department. If you love spicey this is the cake for you. The taste is wonderful but I will make again using less oil and a little more cinnamon. I used Granny Smith apples which I shredded in my food processor. I believe shredded apples lend more of the apple flavor than coarsely chopped. Thanks for a great recipe Kristin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
I made this cake last night, following the instructions exactly. My hubby couldn't wait to try it. I asked him three times how he liked it.....his mouth was too full to answer as he couldn't stop eating it! I'm confused as to why some said it was 'oily' unless they are referring to the amount of butter. I wouldn't change a thing! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2004
This has to be hands-down the best apple cake I have had. I served it at a family dinner and everyone took some home. I followed the advice of other reviewers and decreased the sugar to 1 cup - it was perfectly sweet enough. Also, I only used 1/2 cup of butter and substituted 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce. It was moist, spicy and delicious. Thank you - this one's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2006
I needed to make a cake for my grandpa's birthday, and he happens to love spice cake so I thought I'd give this recipe a try. Instead of baking this in a tube pan, I baked it in a 9x13 pan for about 40 minutes. Instead of chopping the apples I grated them (leaving the skin on) to help the cake keep it's shape and not fall apart, and then frosted with a maple cream cheese frosting. The result was a super tasty, dense cake that was snapped up by everyone who was around. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2008
My whole family loved this cake and it was gone in one day! I upped the apples and used 4 medium sized and made a crumbled topping with flour, butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar- It was fantastic! I also used a bunt pan instead- super moist! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2003
Made this into loaves for our annual bake sale they turned out beautifully. The cake is delicious and the crust the best part. I will be making this again this is a keeper. I think the next batch I will add a few chopped nuts to. Mmmmmmmmm good... great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2006
It was AMAZING! Marvellous godlike absolutely delicious apple cake! I took everybody's advice and used 1/2 cup of brown sugar instead of white but kept the same amount of butter as it's said in the recipe. Then I didn't add either nutmeg or allspice to the batter. Used only some cinnamon and a little bit cloves. I must say that I actually don't fancy too much cakes with apples and raisins too much but this one came out so tasty and with such a wonderful smell that I couldn't help eating a piece;-) Definitely will make this heavenly cake again! (I cooked half of the original yield. That was a huge mistake!! I should have better doubled the recipe =)) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Delicious! I made it exactly as the recipe called for and it was perfect! very moist and smells wonderful when baking Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/07/2011
I turned these into muffins and just felt they lacked flavor. My husband likes them so they weren't wasted but none of the rest of us cared to eat any more.:-( Read More
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