- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup (4 ounces) neutral flavored vegetable oil
- 2 cups applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup plump raisins (optional)
- vanilla icing - makes a thin coat, double for a thick one
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 9×13 pan. Get out a big mixing bowl.
one-bowl dump and mix
Put the dry ingredients in the bowl first, and stir well to mix them. Add the oil, applesauce, and eggs; beat until well combined. Add the raisins last, and stir them to distribute them evenly.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350˚ 35-40 minutes. A toothpick inserted toward the center of the cake should come out without any crumbs.
Let the cake cool on a rack.
The cake must be completely cool before you put icing on it (buttercream will melt on a warm cake!) A quick check: if you can rest the cake pan on your open palm and it doesn’t feel warm, the cake is cool enough.
Mash the butter, add powdered sugar (if you’re feeling fancy sift the sugar first). Add vanilla extract, beat again. We prefer a thin glaze, rather than a thick coat of frosting. If you like a fluffier thicker frosting, double the amount.