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Applesauce Raisin Cake is great with or without icing.  Serve it with coffee for dessert.  It makes a great treat with milk anytime.  Applesauce raisin cake is an old fashioned recipe that your family and friends will love.

1 stick butter or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup buttermilk

2 tsps. baking soda
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts (optional) (I use walnuts)

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla,  eggs,  applesauce and buttermilk. Blend well with mixer. Whisk together dry ingredients. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients then add raisins and nuts. Spray bundt pan or 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about one hour.

I have served this applesauce raisin cake without icing or with just about any icing you can make.  The photos are with a powdered sugar glaze made by mixing powdered sugar and enough milk to make the glaze thin enough to pour from a small pitcher.  Caramel frosting is great on this applesauce raisin cake, too. Enjoy!

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  1. Karen grandjean says:

    Can I replace buttermilk with almond milk

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Sorry, Karen, I cannot advise you since I have not tried it but I would think almond milk would work.

    • Buttermilk is part of the rising along with the baking soda. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use two Tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar with each cup of milk. Try it with the almond milk to see if it curdles after setting a few minutes.

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

  3. 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!

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

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