Iowa Applesauce Cake


My mom made this cake for New Year’s.  She was so excited to use the new cake pan that I gave her for Christmas from Williams Sonoma.  It was so beautiful! And it tasted great, too. You should have heard my mom scream when my dad attempted to cut the cake normally. “You have to follow the curve!” LOL

The recipe called for a cream cheese frosting but my mom just used a simple glaze made with confectioner’s sugar and water.  She also omitted the raisins and nuts.  She added  2 tablespoons of meringue powder which is something we both do with every cake.  It helps them rise more. 🙂

Iowa Applesauce Cake


1/2 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


In a large mixing bowl, beat butter or margarine for 30 seconds. Add both sugars and egg; beat until combined. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Add flour mixture alternately with applesauce to butter mixture. Stir in raisins and nuts. Pour batter into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

From: ecookbooks

11 responses »

  1. I was tooootally eyeing that pan at W-S the other day, but all the ones in the store were scratched inside 😦 Thanks for the tip about the meringue powder!!

  2. This looks wonderful, and I must say I enjoy your philosophy about food and cooking. I just found your website and I love it. I really want your bundt pan. I have got to try this cake!

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