Great-Grandma Schanzenbacher's Applesauce Cake

December 10, 2014
Author Notes

Christmas just isn't Christmas without this recipe. It's been a family tradition since 1916. The recipe has not changed much over time. The only documented change is the amount of sugar has been reduced. The original recipe called for 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar and granulated sugar, but now only 1 cup is used.

The recipe also doesn't specify the type or size of pan. I typically use a bundt pan. —RogersParkCook

  • Makes 1 cake
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup nuts (recipe doesn't specify type. I use walnuts)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons of warm water
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
In This Recipe
  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Add applesauce and baking soda mixture
  3. In other bowl, put in flour, pinch of salt, and baking powder.
  4. Add spices to dry ingredients.
  5. Add dry ingredients into moist mix in part
  6. Last, add raisins and nuts and stir together.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes

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