Parkrose Permaculture’s Applesauce Cranberry Cake

Parkrose Permaculture’s Applesauce Cranberry Cake


1 cup Vegetable Shortening
2 cups Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1.50 cups Whole wheat flour
½ tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Cloves
2 tsp Ground Allspice
¼ tsp Nutmeg
¼ tsp Mace
2 cups HOT unsweetened applesauce (you can microwave this to warm it till steamy)
1.50 cups Chopped Walnuts
1.50 cups Chopped Fresh or Dried Cranberries



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line two 9-inch baking pans with parchment or wax paper.

2. Cream the shortening and sugar, beating until fluffy and smooth.

3. Add the eggs and beat well

4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, salt, soda, and spices. Slowly mix into the creamed mixture, alternating with the hot applesauce. Fold in berries and nuts.

5. Split batter evenly into the two 9″ pans.

6. Bake 9-inch layers for about 40 min, or until the skewer comes out clean.

Let rest for at least 5-10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack – be careful, the cakes are very moist and tender from all of the applesauce.

Cool fully before frosting.