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Home cookin': Oldies but goodies

December 16, 2009

I hadn't realized until I started putting recipes together for this column in November and December how many recipes I have from various family members that span several generations and many decades.

This applesauce cake recipe came from my grandmother on my father's side, and I would put a lot of money on this recipe being at least 100 years old.

This was my father's favorite cake, and my mother made it for his birthday every year that I can remember. Given that he lived to be 84, he enjoyed quite a few applesauce cakes in his day.

- Joyce Summers

Applesauce cake



2 cups applesauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup shortening
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup raisins

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together all ingredients in the order listed. The batter should be stiff. Pour into angel food tube pan or Bundt pan and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool before removing from pan.

Cake can also be baked in a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan as a sheet cake. Reduce baking time to 35 to 40 minutes.

- Submitted by Joyce Summers, personal chef and owner of Dinner's On! Personal Chef Service, Frederick, Md.; www.dinnersonnow.com

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