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Granny's Applesauce Cake Recipe

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This recipe for Granny's Applesauce Cake, by , is from The Smith Family Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Jane Smith


3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. black pepper*
1 1/2 c. raisins
1 c. chopped nuts


1 c. melted shortening


3 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 c. applesauce

Mix dry ingredients. Stir in melted shortening (hand or
mixer). Heat applesauce, then add soda (which will cause it to
fizz up). Stir into other ingredients. Pour into greased angel
food cake pan.
Bake at 350? for 50 minutes or so. (Its definitely or so.
Make that 55-65 minutes until toothpick tests clean.) Cool 10
min. or so before removing from pan.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Mom said this was a war cake (World War II) because it
had no eggs. I wonder about that since it has sugar and
raisins and nuts in it which probably were rationed. It is a
dense fruitcake and my choice for a birthday cake. A late
addition is the pepper*. It really perks it up! And I often add an
egg or too because it makes it less dense. But my daughter
Rachel likes it as written for her birthday cake.




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