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Applesauce Cake
Applesauce is a healthy addition in a cake and eliminates the need for shortening or butter in many recipes. This page contains applesauce cake recipes.
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By 5 found this helpful
April 6, 2010

The cake and the frosting are very easy to make. It's fairly quick since you use Duncan Hines box cake, and we add a few of our own touches to it which our family loves. It's a good cake which is adaptable to almost any family get together or for big holiday meals.

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Ingredients:

Spicy Walnut Penuche Frosting

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour 3-8 inch cake pans.

Combine cake mix, eggs, applesauce, melted butter, and cinnamon in large bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Stir in walnuts. Pour into pans.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 12 minutes.

Invert layers onto wire racks. Allow to cool slightly, then "paint" two layers with melted apple jelly. Allow to cool completely.

Place one layer with apple jelly on plate, jelly side up. Add another coat of melted apple jelly. Place 2nd layer on top, jelly side up, and add another coat of melted apple jelly. Place 3rd cake layer on top and frost the entire cake with the Spicy Walnut Penuche Frosting.

Frosting Directions:

Melt butter in medium saucepan; add brown sugar, and apple pie spice.

Cook over low heat until sugar is completely melted. Stir constantly. It has a wonderful yummy aroma. Slowly add heavy cream or half and half and bring just to the boiling point while stirring constantly. Do not boil.

Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to add the confectioner's sugar without it melting. Gradually add confectioners sugar, then add vanilla. Add 1 3/4 cups of the finely chopped walnuts to frosting. Beat until thick enough to spread. If frosting becomes too stiff, add a little melted apple jelly. (maybe just a tablespoonful at the time)

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This recipe makes enough frosting to lavishly frost sides and top of a 3 layer cake. Make pretty swirls on top of cake and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts.

Servings: 12-16
Time:Approx 1 Hour Preparation Time
Approx 40 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Another one of my Mother's specialties. Duncan Hines was the only boxed cake mix she would use for years. It took her a long time to cook with anything that came "in a box". The recipe probably came from one of the Duncan Hines boxes. This cake and her Pineapple Up-side-Down Cake were family favorites. She had 2 tall glass cake stands with the glass covers. They sat on either end of the large kitchen table and both always had nice cakes in them.

She did a lot of babysitting, and when the parents came to drop off or pick up their children, the first thing they'd do was get a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Everyone called her Granny. She "belonged" to many people.

By (Pookarina) Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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April 24, 2014

Moist, low calorie, easy, Can't ask for more! The applesauce makes it tastes like a sweet apple cake!

Yield: 12

Source: Mom's Cookbook she made

Ingredients:

  • 1 box moist-style yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sugar free applesauce
  • 1 cup water

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine mix with applesauce in a large bowl. Add water. With a wire whisk, whisk until smooth and well blended.
  3. Pour into a baking pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Refer to cake-mix box for pan size and approximate bake time.
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By 2 found this helpful
June 25, 2012

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. salt
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  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 3 Tbsp. ground chocolate
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce or homemade (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)

Directions:

For homemade applesauce: Barbara recommends a sweet-tart mix of Jonagold, Cameo and Rome varieties. Don't use Galas unless you want a chunky texture. Cut, core and peel the apples. An apple peeler can make the process faster. A good one costs about $25. Barbara said the cheap ones are not worth buying. If you prefer applesauce with a strong flavor, leave the peels on.

Place prepared apples in a saucepan and cook until soft. Add a little water (experiment with the right amount based on how juicy the apples are). Cook apples until they are soft. Place cooked mixture in a food mill for a smooth texture, or use a potato masher for a chunky style. Add cinnamon and sugar to taste. Applesauce can be made in large batches and frozen or canned.

For cake: Cream shortening and brown sugar. Add applesauce and mix. Add dry ingredients and mix. Pour into 13 x 9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Source: My sister was interviewed in Colorado because she grows apples there but she got this recipe from my mom, Ida Kennedy from Edmonds, WA. I love it! From Real Cooks: a special series featuring local cooks. Recipes courtesy of Barbara Gott.

By Teresa from Lynnwood, WA

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By 1 found this helpful
December 8, 2011
Easy and inexpensive to make. Love this also because it's not super sweet tasting. Very mellow flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening or lard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup nuts

Directions:

Cream sugar and shortening; add well beaten egg and other ingredients. Bake in paper-lined 9x9 inch pan at 350 degrees F for about 60 minutes. Serve plain, frosted, or with whipped cream. I'm told this is a 50 year old recipe.

Servings: 6-9
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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By 1 found this helpful
May 15, 2009

Wholesome, old-fashioned goodness.

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February 5, 20050 found this helpful

Blend dry ingredients into applesauce mixture. Pour into six well greased pint jars, filling 2/3 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove jars from oven. Put lid on jar and seal tight. Jars will seal as cake cools. Use wide mouth jars. Slice and serve with cool Whip.

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December 6, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about applesauce raisin cake with butter cream icing. Applesauce raisin cake is a delicious treat your whole family will enjoy.

Applesauce Raisin Cake with Butter Cream Icing

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January 10, 20050 found this helpful

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, margarine or shortening for 30 seconds. Add the sugars and egg; beat until combined. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 23, 2012

This makes a wonderful, moist cake suitable for any occasion!

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By 0 found this helpful
November 12, 2009

Grease 2 pans (8x4 inches) or 1 9 inch tube pan. Line with foil or brown paper and grease again. Combine applesauce, shortening, sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring now and again.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 3, 2008

Mix all together. Bake in non-stick spray coated 8x10 inch pan at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 24, 2008

Cream shortening and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and mix thoroughly. Add nuts and raisins. Sift dry ingredients together 3 times and add alternately with applesauce to creamed mixture, beating thoroughly after each addition.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 7, 2008

Combine raisins, dried fruit, and water in saucepan. Cook, uncovered, until water evaporates. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Combine next 5 ingredients.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 25, 2006

Melt 1 stick margarine in pan, add 3/4 cup brown sugar. Add to the above and mix well. . .

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By 0 found this helpful
July 17, 2006

The next time you are in need of a cake recipe for a special occasion try this cake. This moist applesauce cake is layered with a delicious brown sugar frosting.

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December 16, 20104 found this helpful

I'm trying to find a recipe for applesauce cake that I remember from childhood. It was always baked for Christmas (not a fruit cake). It was extremely moist with raisins, walnuts, and maraschino cherries. The cake was really dark and was baked in a tube pan. No one in my family can find the recipe. Would any one out there have this cake recipe, please, and be willing to share it with us? I'd love to bake it for Christmas, ahh the memories :-)

By Joy from Klamath Falls, OR

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December 7, 20110 found this helpful

Holiday Applesauce Cake

1 C. Crisco Solid Shortening

2 C. White Sugar

2 Eggs

2 C. Applesauce

2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Salt (I use less)

3 C. Flour

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp each: Cloves, Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg

1 Box Seedless Raisins

1 C. Chopped Walnuts

1 C. Chopped Maraschino Cherries

Toss Raisins with a half cup of the flour; set aside.

Add Baking Soda to Applesauce; set aside

Mix dry ingredients together; set aside

Cream Crisco, Sugar, and Eggs.

Add dry ingredients and applesauce alternately to Crisco/Sugar/Egg mixture.

Fold in Raisins, Nuts, and Cherries

Bake in a greased tube pan, 325 degrees, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours.

Cool in Pan.

Unmold and enjoy!

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December 12, 20050 found this helpful

My grandmother used to make a cake she called gold and silver applesauce layer cake. It was delicious. I know she gave the recipe to some of the ladies in the church, but I do not have access to their names here in charleston. Does anyone have a recipe that has applesauce between the layers and the layers are gold and silver?

Thanks for the help.
Carolyn from Charleston, WV

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December 12, 20050 found this helpful

1 cup applesauce

2 cups white sugar

3 eggs, separated

4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/3 cups milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Cream applesauce and 1 cup sugar; add egg yolks, mixing well. Combine 2 cups flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder. Add flour mixture alternately with 2/3 cup milk to creamed mixture. Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch round pans.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until done. Cool.

Cream 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Combine 2 cups flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with 2/3 cup milk. Beat egg whites, and fold into batter. Stir in flavoring. Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch round pans.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool.

Spread your choice of frosting between layers, alternating yellow and white layers. Frost outside of cake.

Hope this helps, and Happy Holidays, Julie

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December 16, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cup hot applesauce
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9x13 pan. I heat the applesauce in a saucepan, melt the shortening in hot applesauce. Add sugar, raisins, nuts, and dry ingredients. Mix well. Bake 45-50 minutes. No eggs needed.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Answers:

Applesauce Cake

It was a very simple and easy recipe. Even though I didn't add the raisins and nuts it was still quite tasty. I don't think it's the kind of cake that would require frosting, but only a light dusting of powdered sugar. It would be great as a bundt cake. (10/03/2010)

By usspooh74

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

Directions:

Mix ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees in a 9x13 inch pan.

By Robin

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups applesauce (hot)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • raisins and nuts, optional

Directions:

Cream sugar and shortening; add egg and beat. Add flour and dry ingredient, except baking soda. Add baking soda to hot applesauce then mix into mixture. Put in pan, bake 15 minutes at 300 degrees F then increase temperature to 350 degrees F and bake 45 minutes or until done.

By Trudy from Springfield, IL

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup nutmeats (opt.)
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar together. Add applesauce, raisins, and nutmeats. Sift flour, soda, and spices together and add to mixture. Gradually beat after each addition. Bake in 375 degrees F oven for 30 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pkg. dry mincemeat (9 oz)
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions

Cream shortening and sugar, add slightly beaten egg. Add mincemeat and applesauce. Blend in flour, soda, spices and nuts. Mix until smooth. Bake in greased floured bundt or angel food cake pan at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Cool before removing from pan. If desired, ice with a butterscotch or plain glaze.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 2 level tsp. soda
  • 2 Tbsp. warm water
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

Cream butter and sugar together. Dissolve soda in warm water. Then mix creamed mixture, soda, flour and applesauce together well. Add raisins, nuts, cloves and cinnamon. Bake in tube pan approximately 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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March 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda

Directions:

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs. Beat well stir in applesauce and add dry ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

By imaqt1962

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