This recipe is great with or without icing.

1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 tsps. soda
1/2 cup boiling water
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts (optional) (I use walnuts)

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and applesauce. Blend well with mixer. Combine soda and boiling water. Add to creamed mixture. Add dry ingredients. Mix well, then add raisins and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for about one hour.

I have served this cake without icing or with just about any icing you can make. This time I used a bought Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting in the can. I heated the frosting in the microwave about 15 seconds in a plastic pitcher then poured it over the cake. See picture below.


Great with coffee or ice cream.

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  1. Is it baking soda or regular soda? What kind of regular soda?

  2. This sounds like the applesauce cake my Grandmother used to make. She used pecans in it, but I never managed to get the recipe from her. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Mom, That looks GREAT!!!!Love you!Leigh

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