I needed to use up some applesauce so I tried this recipe from Christmas with Paula Deen. I did sift my ingredients, but I didn't grate my own fresh nutmeg (there's a kitchen gadget to put on my list). I used real butter instead of shortening. The house smells delicious, and this is great with vanilla ice cream!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease a 13x9x2" baking pan.
- Cream together the granulated sugar and shortening until fluffy using an electric mixer.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well.
- In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt.
- Stir the raisins and nuts into the flour mixture.
- Add the flour mixture and applesauce alternately to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the center of the cake is firm to the touch.
- Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
I liked this recipe. I used margarine instead of shortening but otherwise same as the recipe. 45 minutes was a wee bit too long to bake in my oven. I will shave a few minutes off next time. Family loved it.
Normally I love Paula Deen recipes, but this one I will not make again. It did not rise at all. I carefully measured everything and did exactly as she listed. It's so-so, not very moist and less than an inch thick. I drowned it in carmel frosting, so that helped, but I will keep trying other recipes until I find a better applesauce cake recipe. Sorry Paula, normally I love your cooking. Just not really happy with this recipe.
I just made this cake. It was done in 30 minutes, not 45. Also, it's on the dry side--needs a good frosting, probably cream cheese. I don't understand how a recipe like this gets 5 stars. Do people really not know good food?