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Applesauce Cake

This classic applesauce cake is a favorite old-fashioned dessert from my Southern grandma. Sugar, spices, cinnamon applesauce, raisins, and walnuts are baked into a rich and moist irresistible treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Applesauce Cake, Applesauce Cake Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 379kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups cinnamon applesauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl pour the milk and place the raisins in the milk. Let them sit while preparing the rest of the cake.
  • Prepare a 9x13 pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium-size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat together butter and sugars until mixed.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed together.
  • Add the dry ingredients slowly to the butter/sugar mixture and beat just until combined.
  • Add the applesauce and mix on low just until combined.
  • Add the raisins and milk mixture and walnuts and mix until just combined.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Once the cake has cooled frost with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.



8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
How to Make Frosting
In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
Add the powdered sugar and beat on low until powdered sugar is mostly mixed in.
Add cream, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and mix on medium speed until all smooth and creamy.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 304IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg