Last week my Shug asked me to make him an Apple Sauce Cake.
This is a cake his Mom used to make for him,
and this recipe is actually in her own writing.
I had asked her for it because he loved it so much, but only made it once, but it didn't turn out so well the first time I made it. I always let her make it!
If you have any family heirloom recipes, please WRITE them down and pass them along to family members. I love having hand written recipes from loved ones.
This is a very moist, dense cake. If I remember correctly the family originally found it on the side of a cocoa box.
Here is the recipe for those of you that want to give it a try.
Apple Sauce Cake
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups applesauce (unsweetened)
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbs. cocoa (she made a note that she adds a little more cocoa)
1/2 cups raisins (Cook and cool)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
nutmeats (who calls nuts "nutmeats" now a days!)
Cream shortening, add sugar gradually, beating after each addition. Add applesauce and continue beating.
Sift flour, soda, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, salt and cocoa together three times. Add to above mixture beating well.
Add raisins which have been cooked and cooled. Add nut meats, as many as desired.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes.
I remember asking her how do you cook raisins. You boil them in water, then let them sit until they are cooled. They plump up and become moist.
Where it says to sift, I usually put it all in a bowl and take a whisk, and whisk it around until it's all mixed up and fluffy. Saw that tip on Martha Stewart years ago.
There you have it.
Apple Sauce Cake recipe handwritten by Virginia Rush
PS. In an effort to actually post on my blog, I'm going to start posting short posts, rather than long ones. And I might post more than once a day so check back often.