Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
Sift cake flour 4 to 5 times with baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cocoa; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter; add sugar and beat until well blended. Add egg yolks and applesauce; beat until smooth. Add the milk alternately with flour mixture. Add vanilla, raisins, and nuts (raisins and nuts are optional).
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into prepared cake pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and fill and frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. If desired, place nuts around top of cake for decoration.
Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter (or margarine, if using) and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the confectioners' sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in enough of the remaining confectioners' sugar to make frosting of spreading consistency.
Makes about 3 cups.
Date: July 10, 2004