In a large bowl, beat together the granulated sugar, butter or margarine, and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add applesauce and beat until combined.
Stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cloves. Stir into beaten mixture just until combined.
Stir in the chopped apples, raisins, and chopped pecans.
Turn batter into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean when inserted in center and top springs back when pressed lightly.
Cool slightly and cut into squares. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar or topped with ice cream or whipped cream. Makes 12 servings.