Granny’s Apple Sauce Cake

This past Sunday was Rosh Hashanah, one of my favorite days of the year, courtesy of my very multi-culti family! We gather at my aunt and uncle’s house to celebrate the Jewish New Year over a delicious meal. My mother was wracking her mind trying to come up with a yummy dessert idea when she noticed that alot of Rosh Hashanah desserts feature apples. She had an “aha!” moment and recalled this delicious apple sauce cake that was a staple of my grandmother’s recipe box. Sweet, spicy and delicious–this cake is a nostalgic treat all around.

Granny’s Apple Sauce Cake


  • 1/2 c. soft butter
  • 1.5 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1.5 c. apple sauce
  • 1 c. chopped dates
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 T. butter or margarine
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 c. of confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and eggs.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Add the applesauce, dates and nuts to the butter mixture, alternating with the dry ingredients.
  5. Mix throroughly and turn out into a well-buttered tube pan.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes.
  7. Alternately, you can use a 9×13 pan, but this will reduce the baking time to approximately 40 minutes.
  8. For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add 2 cups of confectioners sugar, gradually adding more until you achieve the desired consistency.
  9. Drizzle the frosting over the cake. Top with chopped nuts and/or dates to your liking.
  10. Enjoy!

Granny's Apple Sauce Cake


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