Nanny's Applesauce Cake

There are no directions with this recipe. It's scribbled on a piece of yellowed paper with a whole bunch of other desserts.

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1 1/3 cup applesauce

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar