This is a fabulous recipe from a lady who is no longer with us. It is an old recipe and our family has enjoyed this cake for as long as I can remember! This is different in that you heat the applesauce, let it cool a bit and then slowly stir in the baking soda. Everyone always requests this recipe so you know you want to make it!!!
1In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Set aside.
2In a saucepan, heat applesauce, remove from stove to cool slightly. SLOWLY, stir in the baking soda and stir until baking soda is dissolved. Set aside.
3In a small bowl, add nuts with a little flour. Stir to coat nuts. In another small bowl do the same with the raisins OR soak them in whiskey.
In a third small bowl, add the drained and halved cherries.
4In a large bowl, cream the Crisco. Slowly add sugar and cream together until light and fluffy.
Add the applesauce mixture and vanilla. With mixer on medium, beat until well blended together.
5Add eggs to the creamed mixture and beat well. Slowly, add flour mixture and mix well. With a spoon, fold in nuts, then cherries, and last the raisins. If soaked in whiskey, you don't have to drain the raisins; the choice is yours.
6Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven 1 hour and 15 minutes. Note that the thickness of your pan influences total baking time. Best to check as ovens vary too.