It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week! Where did the time go? Searching for a baking project this Thanksgiving? My mom would bake applesauce cake for us. Scents of cinnamon and apple filled the house, reminding us that the holidays were coming! My kids still love it!
A historical aside…applesauce cake was promoted as a patriotic dessert during World War 1 because applesauce was easy to produce and affordable for customers. Also, it used fewer expensive materials such as eggs, butter, and sugar. The economical cake made its debut in cookbooks in the 1910s. In today’s cake world, applesauce cake is still very popular, and after stocking up on essential baking items, it is still pretty lean on the pockets. Enjoy!
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup of water
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teas salt
3/4 teas baking soda
2 teas cinnamon
1 teas nutmeg
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or raisins (if desired)
Beat eggs until frothy and gradually beat in sugar until thick and light.
Stir in applesauce, oil, and water.
Add flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.
Beat to blend well.
Stir in nuts or raisins.
Pour into a well-greased and floured tubular pan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 35 – 45 minutes or until cake tests done.
Top with powdered sugar or icing.
(Recipe submitted by Patti Arnott)