Date: Sun, 17 Jul 94 16:50:05 EDT
I'm finally posting a recipe. This is our family's favorite cake -- we found
the recipe on a box of raisins, I think, in the 1950's. It used to call for
1/2 cup of oil, but by increasing the applesauce it no longer needs it.
Also, I'm posting the measurement of white flour the original recipe
included. I have experimented with different ratios of whole wheat to white
flour -- depending on your tastes, you can do the same. Another variation I
might try in the future is to use a little molasses and cut down on the
sugar. It's very versatile, easy, and fool-proof.
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons powdered unsweetened chocolate (use less if
you wish or leave it out entirely for more of a spice cake)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon mace
20 ounces unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup raisins
Mix dry ingredients together, then add the applesauce and stir. Bake at 325
degrees for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of pan you use. (More for
smaller, deeper pans, less for 9 x 13 pans.) It's done when a toothpick can
be inserted and pulled out clean.
The cake is so rich I don't put frosting on it; my mother used to sprinkle
powdered sugar on top to give it a nice look.