Grandma Fay's Applesauce Cake

Locale: Ashkenazi

Source: Jeffrey Yoskowitz/Liz Alpern, The Gefilte Manifesto [p. 65]



  • 1/4 c vegetable oil, plus more to grease pan
  • 1.5 c raisins
  • 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 c applesauce (e.g., Apple-Pear Sauce)
  • 1.5 c pastry or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 c black walnuts, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan, and line bottom with parchment.

  2. Place raisins in a medium bown and cover with boiling water. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together oil and brown sugar until well mixed. Whisk in egg, then add applesauce.

  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, walnuts, salt, sinnamon, and allspice. Drain raisins and add to dry ingredients. Mix dry ingredients into bowl with applesauce. Pour batter into loaf pan, and bake 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.


  1. Recipe didn't call for parchment, but I wanted to pop the cake from the pan before slicing, so I did that. It might have dropped out clean without the parchment, but I didn't want to risk it. No time given on soaking the raising, but 10 minutes is probably sufficient. I left them in much longer, but that was just due to my own distractions.

  2. Recipe doesn't call for any icing or accompaniment. I polled my guests for whipped cream or ice cream, and the latter won. I had Edy's Vanilla Bean, which worked nicely.


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