James Westfall's Applesauce Cake
This recipe has been handed down through the Westfall family for years. My grandfather, James Westfall, made this cake frequently, especially during the holidays. It is a great cake for family get-togethers.
- Serves: 1 person
- cooking spray
- 2⅔ cups white sugar
- ⅔cup butter-flavored shortening
- 4large eggs
- 1¾ cups applesauce
- ⅔cup water
- 1teaspoon baking soda
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- 2teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1teaspoon baking powder
- ½teaspoon ground cloves
- 1½ cups raisins
- ⅔cup chopped walnuts
Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a fluted cake pan with cooking spray.
Step 2Beat sugar and shortening together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; beat in eggs until incorporated.
Step 3Combine applesauce, water, and baking soda in a saucepan over medium heat; stir until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir applesauce mixture into shortening mixture; add vanilla extract.
Step 4Whisk flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and ground cloves together in a bowl. Gradually stir applesauce mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Fold in raisins and walnuts. Pour into prepared cake pan.
Step 5Bake in the preheated oven until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and transfer cake to a plate.