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Big Family Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake

Big Family Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake | Easy Desserts and Sides

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 9x13
  • Category: Baked Goods
  • Method: Oven


Prepare a flavorful and traditional dessert using this Big Family Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake recipe. The tasty treat tastes similar to an apple with a slight crunch from the added chopped walnuts.




  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper spritzed with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and apple pie spice.

  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Scrape down the sides and then add the sugar and brown sugar, beating until completely combined.

  4. To the mixing bowl, add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until incorporated. Then add the applesauce and milk, beating until mixed well.

  5. Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and beat just until combined.

  6. Fold in the raisins and walnuts.

  7. Transfer the batter to the baking dish and spread evenly.

  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted returns clean.

  9. Cool completely in the baking pan on a wire rack.

  10. Lift the cake from the baking pan using the parchment paper. Gently cut into squares using a serrated knife.

  11. Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream if desired.



Note: 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and ½ teaspoon ground cloves may be substituted for the apple pie spice.


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