Winnie's Applesauce Cake with Caramel Frosting August 13 2014, 1 Comment

I'm excited to share with you my Aunt Winnie's Applesauce Cake recipe! Winnie grew up in Dallas, Oregon on a cherry and prune farm. As the oldest of seven children, she took on the responsibility of cooking and baking for her family and became famous for her candy and sweets. I rediscovered this 70 year old recipe after a family reunion, and I'm sure glad I did!

This cake is incredibly moist and full of flavor; a true crowd pleaser! It pairs well with coffee in the morning, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the evening. It is traditionally made with a caramel frosting, but chocolate ganache is another delicious option!


Applesauce Cake


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1  1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons cloves
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

BEAT (in a second bowl)

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of sugar


  • 2 cups unsweetened heated apple sauce and blend well


  • Dry ingredients to wet ingredients


  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of milk


  1. Stir into cake batter
  2. Pour batter into 2 9x9 cake pans (greased and floured or lined with parchment paper)
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes
  4. Reduce oven to 375 degrees and bake for 15 minutes
  5. Let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool


Caramel Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoons salt

BRING TO A BOIL over medium heat

BOIL for 2 minutes, stirring constantly

REMOVE from heat

STIR in 1/2 cup milk

RETURN to heat, bring to full boil

REMOVE from heat, cool to lukewarm

STIR in 2 cups of powdered sugar, beat until smooth*



*If frosting is too thick, add a little milk