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Mama’s Applesauce Cake

October 13, 2009

My Mom came to Boston this weekend…


And Amy went apple picking in Connecticut last weekend…

So given the fall-y season, our intense love for this fruit, anddd the culinary skillz of Mama Peterson at my leisure, for this week’s theme I chose a family recipe: Applesauce CakeFirst things first: Preheat oven to 350°

IMG_4939Ingredients! Technically this recipe does not involve any actual apples…but shh, don’t panic, the applesauce still makes the cake so moist and apple-y delicious, you won’t even care!

IMG_4952Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.

IMG_4941Coarsely chop 1/2 cup of nuts (walnuts work best).

IMG_4942Measure 1 cup of raisins and submerge in boiling water so they get plump/scrumptious.

IMG_4947Pour all of your ingredients together in one bowl.

IMG_4950Drain the now plump/scrumptious raisins, and add them to the bowl.

IMG_4954Beat all ingredients on low speed for 30 sec, then on high speed for 3 minutes.

IMG_4961Pour batter into pan.

IMG_4963Bake in oven for 45 minutes.

IMG_4965Mmmmmmmm. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.

IMG_4975Then, carefully flip cake onto a rack to cool completely.

IMG_4967In the meantime, get your ingredients for the frosting.

IMG_4972Pour all of these in one bowl.

IMG_4977Mix on medium speed for about 1-2 minutes, or until creamy and smooth.


IMG_4982Spread frosting onto cake.

IMG_4984Sprinkle some more crushed walnuts on top for garnish.

IMG_4985And there you have it. Some home cooked loving for your home away from home!

Clearly I am biased towards this recipe, having grown up eating it ever since I could hold a fork. But really, truly, it is one of the best seasonal cakes I’ve ever had. The ingredient list is a little lengthy, but the assembly couldn’t be easier. No rhyme or reason, just pour and mix!

The Peterson’s love this…I hope you all will too!



Applesauce Cake, As copied from my grandma’s scribbles on a piece of faded notebook paper:


2 1/2 cups Flour

2 cups Sugar

1 1/2 tsp Baking soda

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Baking powder

3/4 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Allspice

1 1/2 cups Applesauce

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Shortening

2 Eggs

1 cup Raisins

1/2 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts)


Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 9/13 inch pan.

Beat all ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds.

Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.

Bake in oven for 45 minutes.

Let cool in pan for 5. Flip onto cooling rack to cool completely. Put cake back in pan and frost.

Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting, from Powdered Sugar box


3 3/4 cups Powdered sugar

1 stick butter

3-4 TBS Milk

1 tsp Vanilla


Beat all ingredients until smooth and creamy and spreadable, about 1-3 minutes.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. al. permalink
    October 13, 2009 11:39 pm

    wow libby!

    this looks super delicious! i have had an apple cake before and loved it! i can’t wait to try this out!

  2. kittykat. permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:17 am

    Yay Petersons!

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