Spice Cake

Grandma's inviting cake is loaded with popular spices, so the aroma while baking is out of this world! The warm sauce makes it moist...and special. Add a dollop of whipped topping for a real treat.


8 servings


1 cup raisins
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups granulated (white) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup chunky applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 11 x 7-inch baking pan with Pan Release or baking spray with flour. Place raisins in a small bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, baking soda and ginger; add to creamed mixture just until blended. Stir in walnuts and raisins. Pour into prepared baking dish.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire cooling rack.

Serve with Hard Sauce.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: unavailable

Recipe Courtesy Of

Shirley Joan Helfenbein, Lapeer, Michigan

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