Paula Deen's Applesauce Cake

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 13x9x2" baking pan.
  3. Cream together the granulated sugar and shortening until fluffy using an electric mixer.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well.
  5. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Stir the raisins and nuts into the flour mixture.
  7. Add the flour mixture and applesauce alternately to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with the flour.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until the center of the cake is firm to the touch.
  10. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Most Helpful

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.

qwkslver September 26, 2011

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.

Boer Goat Mom January 04, 2010

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?

Camolcese March 09, 2013