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Enjoy this modern apple cake recipe.


  • 5 small apples, cut in cubes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted, or 1 cup liquid shortening
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Directions

    Mix apple cubes with sugar and set aside for 10 minutes. Melt butter. Sift together flour baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mix the shortening with 2 eggs; add apple and sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients to mix. Add raisins and nuts. Bake in greased 13x9-inch pan at 350 degrees for about 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve plain or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

    Serves 8 to 12

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