Yes yes, we know that apples aren’t a vegetable, but what they are is delicious! You’re supposed to get a balanced diet, aren’t you? So some fruitcake to go with your vegetable cake seems like a great way to a balanced diet, doesn’t it? Applesauce Cake Day celebrates this delicious and moist cake and all of the wonderful flavors it combines.
History of Applesauce Cake Day
Applesauce cake has been a popular part of diets from the colonial times, and recipes for it appeared in American cookbooks ever since, with a particular popularity in the 1900’s-1950’s. The primary ingredients are flour, sugar, and applesauce, with spices being added according to the taste of the one preparing it. That, in and of itself, is the basic applesauce cake, but from there the rest is open to your imagination, with everything from raisins to chopped walnuts being added by those who want a bit more pizzazz to the mix.
While applesauce cake describes a type of cake, it also describes a foundation of a whole variety of other cakes. Applesauce cake can be used to make cupcakes, an applesauce walnut coffee cake, and even bundt cakes. Applesauce Cake Day is your opportunity to let your creative baker run wild! They’re even better with cream cheese frosting.
How to celebrate Applesauce Cake Day
The best way to celebrate Applesauce Cake Day is to bake an applesauce cake of your very own! Here we provide a very basic recipe ready for you to bake and then explore more options on your very own!
Applesauce Cake recipe
- 1/2c Unsalted Butter
- 1c Granulated Sugar
- 1c cool smooth applesauce
- 2c flour
- 1t Baking Soda
- 1t cinnamon
- 1/4t ground cloves
From here the recipe is very simple, you merely take the butter and cream it with the sugar, and then add the applesauce. Once it’s well-creamed add in the flour, soda, and spices, folding them in. Butter and flour an 8in square pan and prepare your oven at 350F. Once it reaches the proper temperature, pour it into the pan and bake for 40 minutes. You can also add walnuts or raisins to this recipe, or get really creative and add the tang of cranberries for a holiday flavor! After it comes out of the oven, let it sit for a couple of days to enhance the flavor.