Home cooking: Apple sauce cake

March 06, 2012

"I have made this cake for more than 50 years. It was my mother-in-law's recipe. One of my sons used this recipe in a 4-H demonstration when he was a teenager and won a blue ribbon. It is a favorite dessert at our house. I make it at Christmas in a tube pan and give as gifts. It takes a little longer to bake in a tube pan."

— Courtesy of Nancy Hockman of Hagerstown, who attends Christ's Reformed United Church of Christ, the church next to the REACH building in downtown Hagertown. For more about the church, call 301-733-4144.

Apple sauce cake

1 cup margarine

2 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce with 2 teaspoons soda dissolved in it

2 cups sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 pound raisins

1 cup nuts, coarsely chopped

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

On stove top over medium heat, melt margarine in 4-quart saucepan. Add apple sauce with soda dissolved in it. Heat for a minute or so, until the mixture foams, then take off burner.

Add sugar and stir, then add flour and spices and mix well. Add raisins and nuts.

Pour into greased and floured 9-inch-by-13-inch pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until done.

— Courtesy of Nancy Hockman of Hagerstown

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