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


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.;

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