Heavenly Applesauce Cake

Heavenly Applesauce Cake Recipe

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Win Spicer


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!!!

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15 Min
1 Hr 15 Min


3 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1/4 tsp
3 tsp
3 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
1 c
crisco or softened butter
3 c
sugar (can use 1/2 c. less if desired)
3 c
heated applesauce
3 tsp
baking soda
3/4 c
maraschino cherries, drained and halved
1 c
raisins, dusted in flour or soaked in whiskey
1 c
black walnuts, chopped and dusted in flour
large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp

How to Make Heavenly Applesauce Cake


  • 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.

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About Heavenly Applesauce Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium
Other Tag: Heirloom