Delicious Applesauce Cake Recipe with Boozy Frosting

Delectable, fragrant and spiced to perfection, Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting Recipe is a classic dessert that has been passed down for generations. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who loves to bake and wants to make a cake that will win the hearts of their family and friends.

As a professional baker, I have tasted countless desserts, but there’s something special about the flavors in Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake. The moist and wonderfully spiced cake is perfectly balanced with a sweet and boozy whiskey frosting that will have your taste buds dancing!

Not only does this recipe taste amazing, but it’s also easy to make. With ingredients that are readily available at your local supermarket, you can whip up a homemade applesauce cake in no time. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends over for a slice!

In summary, if you’re looking for an impressive dessert with homemade flavors that will keep everyone coming back for more, give Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting Recipe a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting
Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting

Are you in the mood for a dessert that will knock your socks off? Look no further because Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting is the dessert for you.

First, let’s start with the cake itself. This moist and flavorful applesauce cake will transport your taste buds to a cozy autumn day. With warm spices like clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg, it will leave you feeling nostalgic for the holidays. The addition of white and light raisins provide a perfect chewy texture and depth of flavor. And don’t forget about the decadent crunch from the walnuts.

But that’s not all! The real star of this recipe is the whiskey frosting. Made with confectioners’ sugar, butter, heavy cream, and a hint of whiskey – it’s an indulgence that can’t be matched. The light and fluffy texture pairs perfectly with the dense cake base.

This recipe has all of the elements of a perfect dessert – nostalgia, complex flavors, and indulgence. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or just craving something sweet, Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting is the way to go. Trust me, once you try it, there’s no going back!

Ingredient List

 A slice of comfort on a plate: Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting
A slice of comfort on a plate: Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting:

For the Applesauce Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups homemade applesauce or store-bought unsweetened applesauce (such as Mott’s)
  • 1/2 cup white raisins
  • 1/2 cup light raisins
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

For the Whiskey Frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 3 tablespoons Bourbon whiskey

These ingredients are easily available in most grocery stores.

The Recipe How-To

 Nothing beats homemade: Applesauce Cake with a dash of love
Nothing beats homemade: Applesauce Cake with a dash of love

Now that we’ve covered why you’ll love Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting recipe, it’s time to get to the good part – creating this delicious dessert. Here is a step-by-step guide to making this cake come to life.


Before starting any recipe, it’s essential to have all the ingredients ready. Don’t forget that the measurements and temperatures need to be precise for perfect results. Here’s what you’ll need for Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups applesauce (preferably homemade)
  • 1/2 cup white raisins
  • 1/2 cup light raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Step One: Prep Work

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Get your standard cake pan (9 x 13 inches) out and grease it lightly with butter or cooking spray.

Step Two: Dry Ingredients

Mix all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg) together in a separate bowl. Whisk them thoroughly until they’re well combined.

Step Three: Mixing the Butter and Sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together in a larger bowl using a mixer for about three minutes or until fluffy. You can also do this by hand if you don’t have an electric mixer.

Step Four: The Magic of Eggs and Applesauce

Next, add the eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding another. Then, add in the applesauce, slowly mixing it into the butter/sugar/egg mixture.

Step Five: Add Raisins, Walnuts, and Flour Mixture

Add in both raisins (white and light), chopped walnuts into the mixture, mixing it thoroughly. Finally, fold in the dry ingredients until no streaks of flour remain visible.

Step Six: Bake Time

Pour your batter into your greased cake pan and bake for about 40–45 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Once done, remove from oven and let it cool down in the pan for some time before transferring it to a rack.

Whiskey Frosting How-To

What’s an excellent way of elevating Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake even more? By adding her famous whiskey frosting!

Recipe note: For those concerned about alcohol consumption, rest assured as most of the alcohol in whiskey evaporates during cooking.

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Substitutions and Variations

 Sweet, Spicy and Everything Nice: Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Sweet, Spicy and Everything Nice: Applesauce Cake with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

As with any recipe, there are always opportunities to get creative and make it your own. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try with Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting recipe:

– Bourbon instead of Whiskey: If you prefer bourbon over whiskey, you can easily substitute it in the frosting recipe. Just keep in mind that bourbon tends to be stronger than whiskey, so use it sparingly if you don’t want an overpowering flavor.

– Different Nuts and Raisins: The recipe calls for walnuts, light raisins, and white raisins, but feel free to mix things up by using your favorite nuts or dried fruits. Pecans, almonds or even dried cranberries would work well in this cake.

– Spice Swap: While the warm spices give this cake its cozy flavor, you could also replace them with different spices like cardamom or ginger for a unique twist.

– Gluten-free flour: For a gluten-free option, try using a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour. Make sure to use the same amount recommended in the recipe and follow the baking instructions carefully.

– Dairy-Free modifications: You can substitute butter with vegan butter or coconut oil and replace heavy cream with coconut cream or nut milk.

No matter how you decide to make this cake, you’re sure to end up with a delicious dessert that everyone will love. With these substitutions and variations and your own ideas, you can turn Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake into something totally new and perfect for your taste buds. So don’t be afraid to play around with ingredients and make this recipe uniquely yours!

Serving and Pairing

 Whiskey and cake are a match made in heaven: Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting
Whiskey and cake are a match made in heaven: Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting

Now that your Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting is ready, it’s time to think about how you’ll serve and pair it.

This moist and indulgent cake can be served warm or cold, depending on your preference. You can sprinkle some confectioners’ sugar or drizzle caramel icing on top of the apple cake for added sweetness.

It is an excellent idea to pair this delicious dessert with a glass of bourbon or your favorite whiskey cocktail, as the flavors complement each other perfectly. A good quality bourbon will enhance the flavors in the frosting and bring out the subtle notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, making every bite more enjoyable.

If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks, a cup of hot cider or mulled wine would work well too. Apple cider pairs well with this cake because it has a similar sweet and spicy aroma that goes well with the fall season where this cake is very popular.

This cake can be served as a scrumptious treat for a birthday party, family gathering or in small cupcake form at a dessert party. It’s also a great addition to your dessert recipes collection, perfect for any occasion when you want to impress your guests.

In conclusion, whether you serve this cake as a dessert or a snack, it will always get people talking about its wonderful flavors and irresistibly aromatic whiskey frosting. So go ahead and whip up this fantastic recipe today!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A cake worth sharing with family and friends: Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake
A cake worth sharing with family and friends: Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake

Let me tell you, this applesauce cake tastes even better the next day after baking. You may prepare this cake up to two days in advance and store it at room temperature in a cake container with a tight lid or aluminum foil covering.

To make sure your cake is as moist as possible, use a brush to lightly coat the cake with some of its own syrup drip prior to storing it. This helps seal moisture within the cake.

If you need to store the cake longer than two days, refrigerate it, but do not cover it with plastic wrap, as this ruins the texture. Instead, cover it tightly with foil or put it in an airtight container.

To reheat the apple sauce cake, be sure to let it come to room temperature while covered in order to promote softness and best flavor again. Warm the serving portion(s) briefly in the microwave prior topping with frosting for the finishing touch.

The whisky frosting can be done two ways ahead – keep it chilled or keep waiting unthawed, defrosting overnight in the refrigerator before using. If frozen previously, then allow the frosting to come up to room temperature again prior use by let setting out on counter for half an hour. Give a good stir after that needed to get fluffy texture when applied on cake.

This recipe gives you some flexibility for busy days or making preparations ahead of time so that your last-minute workload is decreased allowing you to focus on other party planning areas. Remember that homemade cakes are always a welcomed treat and will be quickly snatched up by friends and family – so go ahead and make more if you have enough ingredients!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Inhale the fragrant aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg as you bake Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake
Inhale the fragrant aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg as you bake Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake

To ensure this recipe comes out perfectly, follow these tips for the best results.

Firstly, make sure you measure all the ingredients accurately. Even a small deviation from the recipe could result in a completely different cake. I recommend using measuring cups and spoons instead of eye-balling or estimating the amount of ingredients, especially baking soda.

When it comes to preparing the batter, make sure to mix thoroughly but avoid overmixing. Overmixing can cause the gluten in the flour to activate too much, resulting in a tough and dry cake instead of a moist and fluffy one.

Another tip is to bake in a preheated oven so that the cake bakes evenly. Check that your oven is preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and use an oven thermometer if you’re unsure about its temperature.

It’s also important to not open the oven door while baking because it can let cool air in and cause changes in temperature that can affect your bake.

Since this recipe uses both light and dark-colored raisins, I recommend soaking them separately in hot water for at least 10 minutes before adding them to the batter. This will plump them up and prevent any discoloration.

Last but not least, let the cake cool completely before frosting. If you add frosting while it’s still warm, it will melt and slide off. The Whiskey frosting recipe pairs perfectly with Olivia Walton’s Applesauce cake but make sure to let the cake cool first so that you can frost it properly without shifting consistency.

Follow these simple tips, and you’ll end up with an unforgettable Olivia Walton Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting that everyone will rave about!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting is a classic recipe that deserves a spot at every baker’s table. Not only does it boast a rich history and warm, comforting flavors, but it also offers endless possibilities for substitutions and variations to suit anyone’s taste preferences.

With the addition of bourbon, this cake takes on a new level of sophistication that will impress guests and make any occasion feel special. And the creamy, dreamy whiskey frosting perfectly complements the spiced cake layers, making for a dessert that is both indulgent and balanced.

So whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, try your hand at this delicious recipe and see for yourself why it has stood the test of time. You won’t regret it!

Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting

Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake with Whiskey Frosting Recipe

This cake is special...especially for Christmas (like the Waltons, anyone remember?), any holiday or dinner party. Glad I found this recipe again.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Christmas, Dessert, Oven, Weeknight
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Calories: 1062.6kcal



  • 3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups white raisins or 2 cups light raisins (can use dark if prefer)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar applesauce


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 lb confectioners' sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 -4 tablespoons Bourbon (to taste)


  • Sift flour with soda, spices, and salt.
  • Combine nuts and raisins in bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of the flour mixture.
  • Cream butter in another bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each.
  • Alternately add flour mixture and applesauce, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • Stir in raisin mixture.
  • Spoon into greased 10-inch tube or bundt pan.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes (or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean).
  • Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.
  • Spread with Frosting.
  • Cover until ready to serve.
  • Whiskey Frosting: Stir together butter and cream, beat in 1 cup of the sugar.
  • Blend in remaining sugar and the bourbon until proper spreading consistency.
  • Makes enough frosting to cover a 10-inch tube pan.

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Serving: 241g | Calories: 1062.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 166.1g | Protein: 11.1g | Fat: 41.4g | Saturated Fat: 20.2g | Cholesterol: 131.7mg | Sodium: 441.1mg | Fiber: 4.8g | Sugar: 102.8g

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