This was in my mom's recipe book that I inherited.

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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). Grease and flour tube pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, cream the sugar and shortening until fluffy. Add applesauce and molasses and mix in.

  • Gradually add the flour mixture and beat well to moisten. Fold in the raisins.

  • Pour into a prepared fluted or straight sided tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean. Cake will not rise to top of pan. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

236.4 calories; 2.2 g protein; 41.4 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 176.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (46)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2003
This recipe was quick and easy. I tried it out on my coworkers and they all have to have the recipe! I have made it 3 times in one week and it is quickly becoming famous. I do recommend using 1/4 teaspoon cloves instead of 1 teaspoon. Also I didn't need to cook as long as the recipe said. This recipe also works great witht he KitchenAide stand mixer. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2003
This was an easy recipe to follow and gather the ingredients for! I didn't have a mixer to cream the butter and sugar so I manually 'swished' it with my hands. That worked fine. I didn't have a tube pan to cook with so I used a rectangular bread one. Not a good choice.. the top got burnt but was able to be peeled off easily. (Definitely use the recommended pan.) The end result was nice and full of spice! However it proved to be too a little too sweet for me. The raisins are also a great addition to the cake. Perhaps using an unsweetened apple sauce would be better. Read More
(5)
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2003
This recipe was quick and easy. I tried it out on my coworkers and they all have to have the recipe! I have made it 3 times in one week and it is quickly becoming famous. I do recommend using 1/4 teaspoon cloves instead of 1 teaspoon. Also I didn't need to cook as long as the recipe said. This recipe also works great witht he KitchenAide stand mixer. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2003
This recipe was quick and easy. I tried it out on my coworkers and they all have to have the recipe! I have made it 3 times in one week and it is quickly becoming famous. I do recommend using 1/4 teaspoon cloves instead of 1 teaspoon. Also I didn't need to cook as long as the recipe said. This recipe also works great witht he KitchenAide stand mixer. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
I didn't have a flute pan so I put the batter into a muffin pan (with paper liners) and baked for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. They came out perfectly - moist and delicious! The batter doesn't rise very much so they don't have the big muffin tops some people like but they are still wonderful. The recipe yielded 17 muffins and my boyfriend ate about 4 as soon as they came out of the oven!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2004
This cake is quite good but I just can't leave anything without putting my mark on it I plumped raisins by soaking them in fresh orang juice and of course increased the the spices. But still very good Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2003
Fantastic - Every time I make this it disappears within a day!!! I used chunky applesauce for a different texture - fabulous. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2007
I was concerned about a cake with no eggs but this was wonderful. Very light moist and perfect in spice flavor. Reminds me of the taste of Boston Brown Bread but so light in texture. Used the most applesauce of all the recipes I saw. Hats off to your family's recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2010
This was a great cake and easy to make. I didn't have a tube pan so I used 2 8X8 pans. The recipes was delicious. Thanks for sharing! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2003
This recipe was easy to make and turned out very moist. My husband and children loved it but it was a little bland for my taste. I think I would try a little more spice next time. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2011
Delicious! I made half a recipe. I used golden raisins, which I soaked in hot water for a few minutes. I baked it in an 8-inch square pan for 30 minutes. It smelled great while baking and had a very good flavor and texture; not overly sweet and just the right amount of spice. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2003
Excellent dense and sweet. My mom added a bit too much salt but even so it was great. Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2003
This was an easy recipe to follow and gather the ingredients for! I didn't have a mixer to cream the butter and sugar so I manually 'swished' it with my hands. That worked fine. I didn't have a tube pan to cook with so I used a rectangular bread one. Not a good choice.. the top got burnt but was able to be peeled off easily. (Definitely use the recommended pan.) The end result was nice and full of spice! However it proved to be too a little too sweet for me. The raisins are also a great addition to the cake. Perhaps using an unsweetened apple sauce would be better. Read More
(5)