Grandma's old fashioned applesauce cake recipes make superbly moist dessert cakes with the unforgettable flavor of apples and spices. And they taste even nicer when the applesauce is homemade, so I've also included an easy recipe for making it.
You'll love the wonderful spicy apple fragrance wafting throughout your house while these easy cakes bake in the oven. Just close your eyes and imagine you're in Grandma's old farmhouse kitchen.
Submitted by J. Anthony
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Applesauce adds healthy sweetness and fiber, reduces calories compared to butter or oil, and its water content ensures your cakes are moist and fresh.
Homemade applesauce is always the best, but if you must use a prepared store-bought kind, choose one with a chunky texture.
You can substitute mashed bananas or even mashed sweet potatoes, and your cake will turn out delicious.
However, to make the batter consistency similar to applesauce, try adding a little more water and slightly less banana or sweet potato.
Grandma used to cut it in generous pieces and serve it plain, warm from the pan. Top with a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired. You can also serve it frosted with your favorite vanilla icing or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This cake can be stored for up to five days when sealed in a container to keep it moist and fresh. To freeze for up to 3 months, cool to room temperature, then cover completely in plastic wrap, and then seal in aluminum foil before placing in freezer. Allow cake to thaw overnight before slicing and serving.
The Book of Household Management (1861)
1 Pound apples
1-1/2 ounces sugar, or to taste (about 3 tablespoons sugar)
1 Ounce butter (1 tablespoon soft butter, well rounded)
A little water, if necessary
Peel, core, and slice the apples, put them into a saucepan with the sugar, butter, and a very little water, and cook them until tender. Add more sugar if necessary, before serving.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup raisins
1/4 pound mixed peel
1-1/2 cups hot applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Nutmeg to taste
2-1/2 cups flour
2 level teaspoons baking soda dissolved in the hot applesauce
3 tablespoons molasses are sometimes added.
Mix all ingredients and bake in a loaf pan in a moderate oven (about 350°F) till done. Dust with powdered sugar to decorate.
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, or lard
2-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups stoned raisins
Bake in a moderate oven (350°F) till done.
1 cup white sugar (3/4 cup if using sweetened applesauce)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and allspice
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in hot water
Cream butter and sugar thoroughly, add egg beating well. Add flour mixture alternately with applesauce, beating after each addition.
Add raisins and nuts last with flour addition. Mix in baking soda dissolved. Bake in greased loaf pan for 1 hour at 325°F.