Applesauce Spice Cake

Applesauce Spice Cake

I’ve been traveling a lot lately (I’m in an airport right now), so I haven’t been cooking much. As in, I have cooked three times in the last three weeks, and I haven’t been home on a weekend since August 10. That’s my excuse for not posting anything lately. Hopefully I’ll have something new soon, but here’s a recipe I did back in July that I’ve been meaning to post. (Author’s note: I had to stop writing this until I could get home to look up the recipe.)

This Applesauce Spice Cake comes from the Good Housekeeping Cookbook. It’s delicious, good for breakfast or a snack, and goes well with tea. I made it over a month ago, but it’s rather fall-appropriate.


  • Mixer or large mixing bowl and hand mixer
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • 8″x8″ square cake pan
  • Wet and dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dark seedless raisins
  • confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and flour your baking pan.
  2. In medium bowl, with a wire whisk, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat together the the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until blended. Turn the mixer up to medium-high and beat until fluffy (~3 min). Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the applesauce. Beat in the flour mixture until smooth, then stir in the raisins with a spoon or spatula.
  4. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread it evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes, then cool completely.
  5. Dust with confectioners sugar (not shown).

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