My mother got this when she lived in Virginia. It's really good.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 or 2 - 8 inch pans
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 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 a 9x13 inch pan or 2 - 8 inch round pans.

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  • Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. set aside.

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in water and egg. Add flour mixture alternately with applesauce and mix thoroughly. Fold in nuts and raisins.

  • Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

  • To make frosting: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and mix in. Add confectioners sugar and orange or lemon juice. Beat until fluffy, then frost cake.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 55.6g 18% DV; fat 9.6g 15% DV; cholesterol 18.1mg 6% DV; sodium 261.8mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2006
Love the cake. I didn't make it with rasins or walnuts cause I didn't have any and instead of 1/2 cup shortening I used 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Didn't frost it at all. The cake turned out moist the way I like it and my husband said it was very good also. We have a few apple trees and I make homemade applesauce often and used that. I might add homemade apple butter with the applesauce sometime. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/05/2006
cake has good flavor but turned out more like a banana bread top got hard.. I can say I'm not overly impressed. However husband thinks it's great so will probably make it again. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2006
Love the cake. I didn't make it with rasins or walnuts cause I didn't have any and instead of 1/2 cup shortening I used 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Didn't frost it at all. The cake turned out moist the way I like it and my husband said it was very good also. We have a few apple trees and I make homemade applesauce often and used that. I might add homemade apple butter with the applesauce sometime. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2005
This recipe was a hit with my family. I served it to dinner guests and had to give out the recipe because they loved it so much. I changed a few things because I didn't have everything listed. I upped the cinn. to 1 tsp. and omitted the cloves allspice walnuts and raisins. I also added 2 eggs instead of one and used cinn. applesause because that's all I had on hand. I added about 4 fresh cubed macintosh apples and I didn't have the ingredients for the frosting so I coated the top with confectionary sugar. It was a big hit!!! I am making another one today and I am planning on using the frosting this time. Thanks for the great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2003
My boyfriends family love Applesauce Cake and when I made this recipe they fell in love with it. Said it was one of the best that they ever had! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2008
added 1 chopped granny smith apple instead of all raisins i used 1/2 craisins 1/2 raisins. this cake is a Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
Luv the recipe:-) The cake is moist and yummy delicious! Even my husband who usually doesn't like fruit type cakes liked it. I opted to omit raisins & walnuts. I used two eggs instead of one used onl 1/4 tsp of cloves & more cinnamon. Also added 1/4 cup dark brown sugar. I topped the cake with a glaze made of confectionary sugar & orange juice. Absolutley delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2008
I give this 4 stars because I made some changes to the recipe. I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose and butter instead of shortening (just my preference). I did not add nuts and raisins and I used store-bought white frosting. This was a delicious spiced cake - a big hit with the husband and 2-year-old! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2010
I decided to make this cake because it most closely matched the type of cake I wanted. I did make some changes which are significant and in my opinion enhanced the flavor. I used two eggs substituted milk for water and butter for shortening. I also used a tsp of vanilla. I did add a tsp more of cinnamon and didn't have either cloves or allspice so I used 1 tsp of apple pie seasoning - delish! I also left out the raisins and nuts and substitued about 1.5 cups of finely diced Macintosh apples. I dusted the top with powdered sugar and it was just perfect - without frosting. Excellent basic cake recipe! Thanks so much for sharing - it was very close to the cake I had recently in Colonial Williamsburg Virginia. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2003
I am teaching a cooking class for 8 six to eight year olds. This was the first cake they made. It got good reviews from all eight families.: - ) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2008
I made this cake for my son's kindergarten class with the applesauce that they made together everyone just loved it!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/05/2006
cake has good flavor but turned out more like a banana bread top got hard.. I can say I'm not overly impressed. However husband thinks it's great so will probably make it again. Read More
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