Kentucky Pecan Cake

2½ cups self rising flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup applesauce
2½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons hot water
4 egg yolks
1 cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces
4 egg whites
Powdered sugar for dusting1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Combine flour, sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, cinnamon, hot water and egg yolks. Beat at medium speed of mixer until smooth. Stir in chopped pecans.
3. Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until stiff; fold into batter. Pour mixture into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
5. Invert pan, and cool cake completely; remove from pan. Sprinkle top of cake with powdered sugar.

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