Ginger Applesauce Fruitcake

Still have some dried fruit left over from your Christmas baking? Want to make a healthier version of the traditional fruitcake? This moist cake is good enough to pack in every day lunches or to serve with coffee without too much guilt in the New Year because it is sweetened with applesauce and brown sugar.

  • 1 bag of orange pekoe tea
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups dark raisins
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed glaze fruit
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I use unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
  • 1/4 cup minced crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
  • 2 cups flour ((I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup white)
  • 1 tsp flax seed (my addition - I am always trying to get that in somewhere)
  • 1 tsp baking pwd
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (regular will do - I use sea salt when I do use salt)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (I used 1/2 tsp AT that cinnamon)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
Place tea bag in a medium size blow and pour the boiling water over top. Cover and let it steep for 5 minutes. Squeeze out the teabag and discard. Add the raisins, brown sugar and glazed fruit. Stir and cover letting stand for 1 to 2 hours until the raisins are softened. Mix the next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add the raisin mixture and the remaining ingredients. Stir until it is just moistened. Spread into a greased or parchment lined 9 x 9 pan and bake in 350 F oven for 45 minutes or until done in the middle.

A friend served this delicious cake for me over the holiday. I am thinking it shouldn't have to be saved for holiday baking. Although she wrote out the recipe for me I believe it was one she tried from a cookbook given to her for Christmas called Easy Healthy Recipes by Jean Pare.


  1. That sounds good! I want to make a carrot cake for my hubby today and I'm going to see if you have a recipe in the archives! Have a good weekend! Thanks!

  2. Yumm! Looks wonderful and soooo healthy too! Wish I had a kitchen handy right now!

  3. This cake sounds wonderful Trish and I do think I have some bits of dried fruit to use up.

  4. Trish, I'll bet your kitchen smells so good! Is your coffee going too?

  5. on and I can make tea for anyone who wants it....come on over :P

  6. This looks so good and I love flaxseed also,yum.....Barb

  7. This looks like it will smell and taste delicious. A good recipe to try! Dairymary

  8. This does look very moist. I'm sure the smell in your kitchen is wonderful with all those ingredients, and anybody walking in the front door will be sure to hope for a piece of the baking:) Kathy

  9. I've just found your blog from a link on LPB Sews' blog. That cake looks really tasty, and I think I will try it - I have some home-made mincemeat to use up, and that would do well in place of the dried fruit.

  10. I love using apples in cooking. I wonder if you ladies could help me with a good pumpernickel bread recipe. I looked inthe archives but I did not see any. I bought a pumpernickel flour mix from an Amish store but It did not give me a recipe. I can't find one using a mix(rye,whole wheat,bread) Thanks.