An easy recipe for applesauce cake requires combining sugar, eggs, shortening, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and applesauce to create a batter, then baking that batter at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cake rises and becomes fluffy. Optional ingredients for the batter include nutmeg, chopped walnuts and vanilla extract.
A classic Amish applesauce cake recipe, available from the Mr. Food test kitchen, calls for a cup of sugar, 1 ½ cups of applesauce, ½ cup of vegetable shortening, two cups of all-purpose flour, a teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla extract, ½ cup chopped walnuts, two eggs and ½ teaspoon of salt. Combine the ingredients, except the walnuts, and beat the eggs into the mixture individually until a smooth batter results. Stir in the walnuts before baking for 30 to 35 minutes.
An alternative recipe, available at the Food Network website, suggests adding raisins to the mixture and including ½ cup of melted butter. The alternative recipe has an expected bake time of 40 to 45 minutes at the same temperature. The Betty Crocker website also offers a recipe that uses pumpkin pie spice instead of more traditional individual spices, and it adds cranberries to the mix.