I don’t know who comes up with these holidays, but I found National Applesauce Cake Day on a food calendar and since I’d never made an applesauce cake before, I figured this was a good reason to try one.
(And if you’re a Hanson fan, you can just call this Sauce! Cake.)
But which recipe to try? I found recipes on Pinterest for apple coffee cake muffins and loafs, but I wanted an actual cake. I turned to some of my older cookbooks, figuring this was the kind of thing grandma would make, and I found the perfect recipe in my Fannie Farmer book.
The ingredients are straightforward, nothing unusual, and other than the applesauce I already had everything in my kitchen. It all mixes up in one bowl, nice and simple, and as it bakes your house fills with a wonderful cinnamon scent.
Applesauce cake feels more like something to be enjoyed in October or November, so I’m not sure how this day wound up in June, but the way my co-workers gobbled it down I don’t think anyone minded.
The only downside to the cake is that I couldn’t get Peter Brady out of my head.
- 4oz. butter or 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour two 8-inch round cake pans or one 9x13-inch cake pan.
- Cream the butter or shortening, add the sugar gradually, and beat well.
- Add the applesauce and mix. Beat in the eggs and mix thoroughly.
- Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add to the mixture and beat just until mixed.
- Stir in the raisins and nuts. (I left out the raisins and it was still very good.)
- Spread in the pan(s) and bake, 25-30 minutes for layers, 35-40 minutes for the rectangle.
- Test to see if a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks.
- Top with Cream Cheese Frosting before serving. (Keep frosting in fridge if not eaten right away.)
Pork chops and applesauce,