Moist And Delicious Cake

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July 22, 2009|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Marcy Callahan from Parkton was looking for a recipe for a chocolate applesauce cake similar to the one her mother had come across in a magazine around 30 years ago and now is lost.

Jacquelyn Meadors, who says she has resided in Baltimore for the past five years, saw Callahan's request and was prompted to send in her recipe for this delicious cake. She says she is in her 86th year of life and is so blessed to be able to still bake occasionally. She says that "this cake is so easy and so moist and is a family favorite."

It's easy to see why. This is a one-bowl cake that comes together in a matter of minutes and tastes heavenly. Her recipe does not call for icing but Meadors says sometimes she finishes the cake by placing some squares of Hershey chocolate bars on top of the hot cake and letting them melt to make a glaze. I tried it and it is a great little trick.


Eris Weaver from Cotati, Calif., is looking for a recipe from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s for a pasta salad that included salmon, peas, and had cottage cheese in the dressing. She said it was printed in a newsletter sent out by her local utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric.

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Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Makes: 10-12 servings

1 1/2

cup sugar


cups flour


teaspoons baking soda


cup cocoa


teaspoon salt


cups applesauce


cup vegetable oil


teaspoons vanilla

Sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Add applesauce, oil and vanilla. Mix well to combine.

Pour into a greased Bundt pan or a 13 x 9 Pyrex pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

No icing is needed but if you choose, you can place squares of chocolate bars on the hot cake and allow to melt, then spread.

Nutrition information

Per serving (based on 12): 358 calories, 19 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 47 grams carbohydrate, 406 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber

Nutritional analysis conducted by registered dietitian Jodie Shield.

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