Mother’s Applesauce Cake

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  • Published Nov 13th
  • Ready In3h
  • Servings16
  • Calories526
This is a good old-fashioned applesauce cake. It will fill your house with the spicy fragrance of fall.

Mother’s Applesauce Cake Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Mother’s Applesauce Cake for 16 servings:

  • Cake:
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Mother’s Applesauce Cake Cooking Instructions

  • Prep30m
  • Cook1h 30m
  • Ready In3h

To cook Mother’s Applesauce Cake, you need about 30 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Mother’s Applesauce Cake is about 1 hour 30 minutes , and you can serve your Mother’s Applesauce Cake within 3 hours . The following are the steps to cook Mother’s Applesauce Cake easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour a tube pan.
  2. 2 Whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and soda. Set aside.
  3. 3 Cream together 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs. Add flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with applesauce, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in the raisins, dates, and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. 4 Bake in preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool on wire rack.
  5. 5 To make icing, melt 1/2 cup butter or margarine in a small saucepan over low heat; stir in 1 cup brown sugar. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in milk, and continue to stir until the mixture returns to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool for 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Frost cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 526 calories; 17.3 grams of fat; 90.7 grams of carbohydrates; 5.4 grams of protein; 54 milligrams of cholesterol; 415 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Sep 23rd 2012

    A LOT of the flavor of this cake depends upon the applesauce used. This is an older recipe, created when applesauce wasn't diluted and had good flavor, sweetness, and some tang to it from th ...

  2. Aug 21st 2010

    I chose this b/c my Father-in-law spoke of a cake his Mom used to make growing up. I typed in the ingredients and this came up. What do you know, it is the exact cake his Mom made. He LO ...

  3. Apr 15th 2006

    I picked this recipe because of all the 5 stars. My Mom had a wonderful recipe but decided to try this one. I follow the recipe exactly. First, you can't smell it when it's cooking. Seco ...

  4. Sep 14th 2005

    I reduced the cooking time to 1 hr 15 mins and felt I could have reduced it 5 mins. more. Although I liked this cake I found the spices to be be too overpowering and the frosting too sweet, ...

  5. Jan 24th 2005

    Wow! This cake is great!! I've been on an applesauce cake kick lately, but my search ends with this recipe. It makes a large cake using what I've come to think of as the traditional applesau ...

  6. Dec 25th 2003

    This cake is DELICIOUS ! Easy to make and turned out perfectly.---- The only change I made to the recipe was to leave out the dates and raisins. I made it into a sheet cake and topped with ...

  7. Nov 14th 2003

    I made this a cou[le of nights ago. I left out the raisins (kids don't like raisins but will add next time) I served with a lemon sauce, and the next night with butterscotch sauce I liked th ...

  8. Aug 28th 2002

    Very moist, rich cake. I would recommend cutting back a bit on the cloves, but will be making this again.

  9. Jun 19th 2002

    to die for....and the icing is absolutlely wonderful. Make the icing while the cake cools, then drizzle on. Very rich, you only need a small piece. This one went into my recipe book!