Applesauce and walnut cake

Mother’s Day today.

I made a loaf cake for my mother applesauce and walnut cake

I found that I needed to cook this for a further 15 minutes (covered with foil to protect the topping) before it was ready. When it was finally done the texture was perfect – soft and spongy. It’s not overly sweet and the walnut add just about the right level of crunchiness and interest.


  • ½ cup room temperature butter (113 grams)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • ½ cup dates chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Powdered sugar for serving if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Spray a 7 inch x 11 inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl cream together the brown sugar and butter until combined well using an electric mixer, or a whisk or fork if by hand.
  • Add the eggs, applesauce and lemon juice and continue stirring with a mixer or spatula until well mixed.
  • Next add your dry ingredients including flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves and salt. Gently mix in an electric mixer or with a spatula until a batter forms.
  • Now stir in the nuts, dates and raisins until just combined to give your cake a delicious texture.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Test to make sure your cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the cake. It should come out clean with no batter clinging to it. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to decorate if desired.

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