My Mom's Apple Sauce Cake

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My mother got this when she lived in Virginia. It’s really good.

My Mom’s Apple Sauce Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped raisins
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar applesauce
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  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan or 2 – 8 inch round pans.

2 Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. set aside.

3 In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in water and egg. Add flour mixture alternately with applesauce and mix thoroughly. Fold in nuts and raisins.

4 Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

5 To make frosting: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and mix in. Add confectioners sugar and orange or lemon juice. Beat until fluffy, then frost cake.