Grandma’s Applesauce Cake

From the recipes of Grandma L.

Grandpa loved applesauce cake, and I remember Grandma serving it for all of his birthday dinners. I was trying to remember why this is such a vivid memory, and then it dawned on me — I don’t think I ever ate applesauce cake on Grandpa’s birthday because I hate raisins! At my house, it’ll be served raisinless…or maybe with nuts and chocolate chips?! –Mellyn


  • 2 cups applesauce (Grandma always used 1 quart)
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1/2 cup oil (Grandma used butter or shortening)
  • 2 eggs (or 1/4 cup egg powder plus 6 Tablespoons water)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (Grandma used 3 tsp)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (Grandma used 3 tsp)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa (Grandma used 3 tsp)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves (Grandma used 1 tsp)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (or nuts and chocolate?)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine applesauce and soda. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter, eggs and sugar together.
  4. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, cloves and flour. Beat vigorously. If it seems to thick, add a little milk.
  5. Fold in raisins.
  6. Bake in a greased 9×13 pan for 45 minutes.
  7. Frost with your favorite buttercream frosting.

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