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Applesauce Fruitcake

Rated as 4.79 out of 5 Stars

"Fruitcake made with applesauce and maraschino cherries."
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servings 625
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 - 10 inch bundt pan)


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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Grease a 10 inch tube pan. Line bottom with parchment paper and grease again.
  2. In large bowl, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Combine 1/2 cup of flour with nuts, raisins, dates and 1/2 cup cherries, stir until coated. Set aside.
  4. Add remaining 2 3/4 cups flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt to egg mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened, then beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
  5. Fold fruit and nut mixture and applesauce into batter. Pour batter into a 10 inch tube pan. Arrange cherry halves and pecans on top.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 1hour and 15 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean. Cool upright in pan 5 minutes. Turn upright onto wire rack and remove pan and parchment paper. Cool completely.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 625 calories; 28.6 90.3 8 31 271 Full nutrition

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I have made this recipe twice already, and everyone absolutely loves it!! I like it for the fact that there is not one bit of citron/candied fruit in it. Everything is "natural", and the added ...

Okay but forget the cherries, I didn't and was disapointed

Excellent, subbed dried apples for dates, moist and light.

I always made the fruitcake with the mincemeat and sweetened condensed milk; but this year I decided to try this, because I had a lot of applesauce leftover from something else. It is wonderfull...

Delicious! Moist and spicy. I didn't use cherries or nuts, and I think I like it that way. Yum, yum!

I have made this a couple times now. It is absolutely fabulous. No adjustments necessary

I made this exactly as written - I made this for a Fundraising Bake sale - I cut in to 6 BIG wedges and it sold fast ! It also freezes nicely and will serve 20-24 people.

Very simple recipe. The applesauce makes it moist. I added dried cranberries too.

Made this exactly as recipe states, fabulous!