Applesauce cake is moist, spicy


January 26, 2000|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,Sun Staff

Lois Moffitt of Aberdeen, N.C., requested a recipe for an applesauce cake with caramel icing, "which I heard about on a television show with Tennessee Ernie Ford, who said his mother made the cake. I hope you can find it," she wrote.

"This may be the recipe Lois Moffitt is seeking. It was a favorite of mine and my friends growing up in the '50s," wrote Marie Ann Heiberg Vos of Crystal Lake, Ill.

Applesauce Cake With Caramel Icing

Serves 12-16

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter or shortening

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups applesauce

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, spices and baking soda together and set aside. Cream sugar and butter; add eggs, one at a time. Add dry ingredients in thirds, alternating with the applesauce. Fold in the walnuts and raisins. Bake in a greased 9-inch-by-13-inch pan for 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. When cool, frost with caramel icing (see recipe)

Caramel Icing

1 cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons cream or milk

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup powdered sugar

In a saucepan, boil brown sugar, cream and butter. When the brown sugar is completely dissolved, remove from the heat and add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until the frosting is the right consistency to spread.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "This is delicious. Very moist, the cake is sweet and spicy. The applesauce gives the cake its superlative texture. The icing hardens to a delicious glaze, adding texture and deep caramel flavor to the finished cake. The cake will last several days if covered and kept in a cool place. For people who don't love raisins, (it's chock-full of them), cut the quantity of raisins in half."

Recipe requests

* Deb Brewer of Export, Pa., wants a recipe for tuna-noodle casserole.

* Katheryn E. Newton of Baltimore writes, "My sister Ginny Newton in New York would like the recipe for the sticky buns served in the cafeteria at Garrison Junior High School and later at Pimlico Junior High."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send in more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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