My father really, really likes this cake! (I made it w/o the nuts and
didn't chop the raisins). It was very moist and keeps well in a
(Source: Cooking Up the Creek, J.W. Bowers, Ed Bowers Corner Press, Maine, NY
2 c sugar
1/2 c butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
2-1/2 c applesauce, preferably homemade and unsweetened
2 T baking soda
1/2 c boiling water
2-1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1 c raisins, chopped (or not)
1/2 c walnuts, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar, butter, and egg.
Beat in applesauce.
3. In a small bowl combine baking soda and boiling water.
4. Combine flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and a pinch of salt.
Add this mixture to creamed mixture alternately with dissolved baking
soda in water, mixing after each addition. (The book says this is
more sucessful when done by hand, with a spoon rather than a mixer;
however I didn't have any trouble with a mixer at low speed.)
5. Pour into a rectangular 8" X 13" baking pan. Bake 30-45 minutes
until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Updated: May 17, 2006
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