“Heavenly” Applesauce Cake

applesauce cake

This recipe was actually published over a year ago, but I’m sharing it again for three reasons:

First, I’ve made it 3 times in the past week – for several families in various types of distress… one of my dearest friend’s dad just passed away, another friend is waiting for a heart transplant, and yet another is waiting on test results from specialists. Whether accompanying a meal or delivered on its own, this cake has been a hit every time. And it’s so easy, I thought you might like it in your repertoire as well. Next, I posted it before Raisin & Fig was officially launched – I was just playing around, seeing if I could learn how to play in this blogging “sandbox.” And so you might have missed it. Finally, the picture that accompanied the original post wasn’t one of my own, and I really prefer to show you the actual dish as it turned out in my kitchen.

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Chances are you already have the ingredients for this cake.  You can be treating yourself to a piece in about an hour.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait… My mom has been making this for over half a century.  It always turns out, and it’s always a hit.  Those are reasons enough to call it “heavenly.” Today, I am making it to take to my Bible study group.  The topic?  Heaven.  We are reading Randy Alcorn’s book and discovering a lot that we hadn’t ever been taught in Sunday school or sermons.  And of course there are lots of questions.  One of mine (no surprise here) is whether we’ll eat and drink in heaven. Without getting into a whole theology “thing” (read the book!) my fears about never enjoying another batch of guacamole, my favorite Indian food or this delicious cake seem to be unfounded. Food plays a pretty important role in the Bible…  Eating, meals and foods are referred to well over a thousand times.  “Feasts” are referred to 187 times.  (“Feast” is such a happy word!)  And several mentions are referring to feasts in heaven, not just here.

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines.  Isaiah 25:6

Sounds, well… heavenly! applesauce cake I did mention that this cake always turns out.  Well that’s true, but, “operator error” can botch it.  The last time I made it, I failed to keep an eye on it while it was finishing under the broiler.  It was the smoke that got my attention.  I yanked the cake out of the oven, scraped off the topping, whipped up another batch, spread it on the still-hot cake and went for round 2 under the broiler.  Voila.  No one was the wiser.  Turns out, the cake is also very forgiving.  Another reason I call it heavenly. Enjoy!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Applesauce Cake
Serves: 15
 
Ingredients
Cake
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water; boiling
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups applesauce
  • ½ cup walnuts
Topping
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup coconut
  • ½ cup nuts
  • 3 teaspoons milk
Instructions
  1. Sift dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Combine soda and water. Add alternatively with dry. Add applesauce and nuts.
  2. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes in greased 9 x 13 x 2 pan.
  3. Mix topping ingredients and spread on warm cake. Lightly brown under broiler.

This cake can be made a day or two ahead, and kept covered at room temperature.  It also freezes really well. {This post originally published on 02-19-2013}

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16 Responses to “Heavenly” Applesauce Cake

  1. Kayla February 21, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Morgan–this definitely looks heavenly! I’m going to have to try it! Love your blog :)

    • admin February 23, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks Kayla!

  2. mary f.h. February 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    this is one cake I have to try. Looks yummy

    • admin February 23, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      I can’t believe you’ve never had it! Soooo yummy!

  3. Chuck March 21, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Want me so o’ dat

    • Morgan Wood March 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Well Chuck, make yourself some! Super easy – and you deserve a treat for all that working out!

  4. Sue March 21, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Morgan –
    This looks like another winner!

    I’ll make this for the “Final Four” college kids who are hanging out with husband and me on April 5th.

    Thanks,
    Sue

    • Morgan Wood March 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      Let me know how it goes!

      • Sue April 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

        I just served this and received 4 thumbs up!

        WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Sue April 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

          I meant 6 thumbs up! :-)

        • Morgan Wood April 12, 2014 at 7:47 am #

          YAY! It is definitely my go-to dessert, and I often serve it at coffee-with-the-girls!

  5. [email protected] March 21, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I am the queen of cake! I especially like snack type cakes…going to be trying this very soon – looks lovely!

    • Morgan Wood March 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      Hi Kathi!

      Enjoy – this is my “go-to” dessert, and I often make it when my girlfriends get together for Friday morning coffee too!

  6. Lisa June 6, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    I can’t get myself to enjoy reading your recipe after the bible study paragraph. Sorry!

  7. Leigh May 14, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    What about the raisins and figs?

    • Morgan Wood May 14, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

      Ha! Well both would be a tasty addition!

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