Preheat oven 350.In a bowl with a electric mixer add sugar and shortening mix together until nice and creamy. Take the dissolved baking soda and mix it with the applesauce, add to creamed mixture,mix together. In a seperate bowl mix the dry ingredients together then add to creamed mixture, mix well then add raisins, mix together. Put in a greased and flour 8 by 8 pan, bake for 45 min. or till done.