• 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar, for topping


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Stir together the flour, soda, baking powder, and spices.
In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then slowly add a portion of the dry ingredients, then a little of the applesauce, and continue alternating wet and dry ingredients, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Add the raisins, walnuts, and vanilla at the end.
Turn into a greased and floured pan, and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tests done. To test for doneness inserted toothpick into the center of the cake -- it should remain clean when removed.
Cool the cake in the pan. Dust with confectioners sugar after removing from pan, when cake is cool.