Applesauce Cake


applesauce cake

There’s a certain comfort in family recipes.  Even more so if they’re full of chocolaty goodness :)  This particular family recipe is one that has graced family get-togethers since before I can remember.  One taste of the homemade mocha frosting and you’ll realize why the heel of the loaf was always the most coveted piece of cake.

This delicious spiced cake is moist and fudgy (are you sensing a theme in my baked goods here? lol) and like a good lasagna, is even better aged a day or two (usually in the trunk of my Aunt Joanne’s car on the way to family reunions).

Even if you don’t like spiced cakes, please please PLEASE try this frosting.  Slap it on any good cake recipe and it will instantly turn a good cake into a great one :)

Here’s to old family recipes, coffee, and chocolate!

<3 Betty

applesauce cake

Applesauce cake

1/2 c. shortening (crisco)

1 c. sugar

1 egg

1 c. rasins (sometime I replace these with chocolate chips)

1 c. applesauce

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbsp hot water

2 c. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease and flour a loaf pan.

In a large bowl, blend shortening, sugar and egg all together.   Add raisins and applesauce.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and spices.

Add 1/2 of mixture to the batter.

Dissolve  baking soda in hot water and add to batter.

Add remaining flour.

Pour into loaf pan and bake 1 hour.

Mocha frosting

4 Tbsp. butter

1/4 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. Cocoa

3 or 4 Tbsp. hot coffee

2 c. powdered sugar

Blend butter, salt, cocoa, and 1/2 c. together.

Alternatively add hot coffee and powered sugar until combined, creamy, and delicious.

Spread icing on a cooled cake.

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