Every year, I assemble a Thanksgiving recipe section comprised entirely of family favorites from readers like you.
Last year Connie Tracy of Tacoma sent us her Grandma Fudgie’s recipe for applesauce cake. It’s a hearty dessert — the sort of cake that could be launched as a kitchen weapon. In the newspaper test kitchen, it baked up hearty and rich, cake that could sustain you through a brisk winter.
“This recipe has been in our family since the 1940s, used originally by my Grandmother Fudgie from Northern Idaho and then my mother in Eastern Washington, and now by my sister and me, “ wrote Tracy when she submitted her recipe. “The cake is our favorite for birthdays and holidays, especially in the fall when we have made our homemade applesauce.”
Find her family cake recipe below.
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MAMA'S APPLESAUCE CAKE
2 cups applesauce, warmed in microwave
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon each ground cloves and ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup raisins
3 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Add soda to warmed applesauce, and set aside. It will increase in volume, so select a medium sized bowl.
Cream butter and sugar. Add spices and eggs and applesauce mix. Add flour one cup at a time and stir until a batter forms. Stir in raisins. Add walnuts, if desired.
Pour into a greased, floured pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. You can use layer cake pans (reduce cooking time) or a bundt pan (about 45 minutes).
Source: Connie Tracy, Tacoma