Of all of the food days that I write about this one is one of the most meaningful to me. While it is not one of all-time favorite foods, it was one of my dad’s. I mean it isn’t chocolate, coffee, bread, or cheese. Today is National Applesauce Cake Day, and I am going to share my family’s recipe.
My dad has always loved foods with flavor. He enjoyed mincemeat pie, spice cake, gingerbread cake, and applesauce cake.
This particular Applesauce Cake recipe came from my Dad’s mom. In fact this is the recipe she made for him every year on his birthday. The fact that my Dad’s birthday is the day before Christmas makes this a perfect cake for the season.
When my parents got married my mom asked her mother-in-law for the recipe. My mom then continued the tradition of Applesauce Cake for my dad’s birthday. I do not recall this cake or any cake my dad especially liked being frosted.
As a child I did not like Applesauce Cake even a little bit. It had raisins and nuts in it. Like many children I wasn’t a fan of raisins or nuts in food. Of course, I also thought that all cake should be chocolate and not taste of cloves and cinnamon. My brothers were not overly fond of the cake either. That worked out to my dad’s advantage. He got to eat most of his birthday cake every year.
Another memory I have of my dad and Applesauce Cake was how he would eat it. After several days the cake would begin to dry out. He would put a piece of the dry cake in a bowl and add a little bit of milk. As a child this always intrigued me. Now I can see how awesome it probably was. The dry cake moistening in the milk and starting to crumble leaving plump raisins and nuts at the bottom must have been good. I’m sure the flavors of the cake made the milk taste great!
Have you ever eaten Applesauce Cake? If so, does the one you have had contain raisins and nuts?
Although this is National Applesauce Cake Day I will wait until December 24th to make this cake. The flavors of cinnamon and clove with the addition of the raisins and nuts are very Christmas-like to me. In the past few years I have really enjoyed waiting a few days for the flavors to mingle and the cake to dry out a bit. It tastes really good in a bowl with some milk.
Applesauce Cake Recipe
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg (well beaten)
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts)
- ¾ cup thick applesauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Grease and flour a 9 X 13 cake pan.
- Measure flour and sift into a large mixing bowl.
- Add baking powder, salt, baking soda, and spices and sift three more times.
- In a separate bowl, cream shortening. Add sugar and cream until light and fluffy.
- To creamed sugar and shortening add egg, raisins, and nuts
- Add flour mixture alternately with applesauce. Beat well after each addition.
- Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven to cool on a wire rack.