Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake

Today in kitchen I made Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake.

Some of you may be wondering…who is Olivia Walton? She is a fictional character of the popular classic television show The Walton’s which aired from 1972-1981. Olivia Walton was the matriarch of this beloved family.

The show took place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and was about the Walton family and how they survived through the tough times of The Great Depression and World War II.

The show was narrated through the eyes of their eldest son, John Boy Walton, whose only dream in life was to be a novelist.

The show is based on the life of Earl Hamner, Jr (who was the creator of the show) and his family growing up in Schuyler, Virginia.

The Walton’s is my husband’s all time favorite television show – he has seen every single episode and we watch the movie The Homecoming every year at Christmas.

In the fall of 2020, we had the pleasure of visiting Schuyler, Virginia and it was wonderful to see the museum dedicated to The Walton’s television show and strolled through Earl Hamner’s boyhood home – which was based on the television show.

Marlin was so happy to sit at The Walton’s kitchen table

Olivia Walton’s Applesauce Cake Recipe


1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 cups unsweetened applesauce

2 cups light raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 tsp baking soda

3-1/2 cups flour (sifted)

2 eggs

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp cloves

2 tsp nutmeg pinch of salt


Sift together: Flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Take 1/2 cup of flour mixture and stir into the nuts and raisins.

Set both aside.

Cream butter until whipped soft. Add sugar a little at a time until mixture is smooth. Beat in eggs vigorously. Alternately stir in flour mixture and applesauce. When all mixed together, add nuts and raisins and mix well.

Pour batter into a well-greased cake mold (I used a Bundt Pan).

Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for one hour.

Cool ten minutes, then turn out on cake rack.

Frost if desired


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