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Homemade Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake with Golden Raisins

This Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake recipe is packed with apple flavor, chopped walnuts, and golden raisins. It will take your tastebuds on a delectable trip down memory lane. This rich, moist, and fragrant Applesauce Cake recipe is a quick and easy way to celebrate autumn and welcome the holidays! 

Homemade Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake with Golden Raisins sitting on a plate

We are in the midst of fall, and what better way to celebrate than with an old-fashioned applesauce spice cake. This delightfully moist spiced cake is made with apple pie spice, walnuts, and unsweetened apple sauce. The texture of this recipe is very similar to that of a lighter banana bread; however, it has the added bonus of being packed full of warm apple flavor!

Why you’ll love this Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake with Golden Raisins

  • This applesauce raisin cake is ideal for welcoming fall when apples and walnuts are in season. But it tastes fantastic any time of year. It is a sure blockbuster among family and friends. 
  • Applesauce raisin cake can be served straight from the pan to your plate. It does not involve any intricate decorations.  It is beautiful and delicious on its own.  
  • This cake is perfect for people who prefer to enjoy the flavor of a good cake without any icing. However, you can top it with cream cheese icing, whipped cream, or buttercream frosting if you’d like.
ingredients for Homemade Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake with Golden Raisins

What You Need To Make This Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake Recipe

  • all purpose flour 
  • baking powder 
  • baking soda 
  • salt 
  • apple pie spice 
  • unsalted butter
  • sugar 
  • brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • vanilla extract 
  • unsweetened applesauce 
  • milk 
  • golden raisins 
  • coarsely chopped walnuts 

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

Equipment Needed for Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake

  • 9×13 baking pan
  • Two Large Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

How to Make Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake (Recipe Name)

  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. 

Storing Your Applesauce Cake

This applesauce cake will keep at room temperature for up to 5 days. However, if you live in a hot and humid climate, keep the cake in the refrigerator. It will last up to a week in the fridge. 

Can You Freeze This Spiced Apple Cake?

Yes! This cake freezes incredibly well! You’ll want to allow it to cool completely before wrapping it in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months; defrost overnight before serving or icing.

Homemade Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake with Golden Raisins with a fork

Substitutions and Variations

  • Frosting: Instead of whipped cream or powdered sugar, you can use buttercream frosting or cream cheese.
  • Raisins: You can substitute bourbon raisins for golden raisins. These alcohol-soaked raisins are another option if you are baking for adults.
  • More Fragrant: If you prefer a heavier spiced cake then you can add in an extra teaspoon of apple pie seasoning.  
Homemade Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake with Golden Raisins with a fork

Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake FAQs

What if I can’t find unsweetened apple sauce?

If you can’t find unsweetened apple sauce, you can either make your own or substitute it for sweetened, or even unsweetened cinnamon applesauce. Unsweetened applesauce is readily available at most grocery stores, so you’re unlikely not to find it.

What is Apple Pie Spice?

Apple pie spice is a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. It is perfect for baking with apples! You should be able to find apple pie spice in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.

What are Golden Raisins?

Golden raisins are actually made from green grapes that have been sun-dried. Just like the traditional brown raises you see in the store. The key difference is the processing method as they are treated with sulfur dioxide giving them their signature golden glow. 

Can I use fresh apples?

Sure! You are welcome to play around with different types of apples! Granny Smith would be a great option if you want tartness in the cake while Honeycrisp will give it an extra sweetness. If you don’t have access to fresh apples, store-bought apple pie filling would work too. You’ll want to turn your apples into applesauce to maintain the same consistency.

Can I use a loaf pan?

Yes, you can use a loaf pan. A bundt cake pan and muffin tins work with this recipe too! You’ll need to adjust the cooking time as necessary.

Homemade Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake with Golden Raisins

Homemade Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake with Golden Raisins

This Old Fashioned Applesauce Spice Cake recipe is packed with apple flavor, chopped walnuts, and golden raisins. It will take your tastebuds on a delectable trip down memory lane. This rich, moist, and fragrant Applesauce Cake recipe is a quick and easy way to celebrate autumn and welcome the holidays! 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 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.



Notes

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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