Unknownchef86's Applesauce or Pumpkin Cake

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Total Time
10 mins
35 mins

This cake is so delicious and so versatile! I first discovered the applesauce version in Jim Fobel's, "Old-Fashioned Baking Book." I didn't have any applesauce, so I tweaked it and made pumpkin cake instead. It was an instant hit, and I usually continue to make it with pumpkin instead of applesauce. Serve with a big dollop of whipped cream, if desired. See note in directions to make the pumpkin cake. I don't normally make this with the raisins and nuts, but you can include them if you like.

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  1. Note: If making pumpkin cake, omit cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and applesauce and replace with a can of pre-spiced pumpkin pie filling.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease and flour a 9x13.
  4. Stir together, in a medium bowl, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the raisins and walnuts; stir in1/4 cup of the flour mixture to coat.
  6. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar til fluffy.
  7. Beat in egg, vanilla and applesauce.
  8. Beat in dry ingredients, then stir in the raisin and walnut mixture.
  9. Turn into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  10. Bake 35-40 minutes or til top springs back.
  11. Cool in pan on a rack.