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Holiday Recipe: Applesauce Spice Cake

Patch.com editors are sharing some of their favorite holiday recipes with readers. Here's one from Grayslake Patch Editor Angela Sykora.

Applesauce Spice Cake

This is my grandma's recipe, dated 1948. Not just a holiday favorite in my family, but a just-plain-yummy-anytime-you-feel-like-baking-it-cake. And it makes the house smell heavenly! I wish I had a photo to show you!

Sift together these dry ingredients in a large bowl, then set aside:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves

In a medium bowl, add these ingredients, then set aside:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tbsp of dry ingredients (to thoroughly coat raisins and pecans)

With an electric mixer, cream:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • Blend in 1 egg
  • Alternately add the dry ingredients you set aside along with 1 1/2 cups or more of applesauce (about 1 average-sized bottle)
  • Slowly blend in the spice-coated raisins and pecans

Bake in a 9-inch square pan (greased and floured if your pan isn't pre-coated) at 350-degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Buttercream Frosting

With an electric mixer, blend at low-speed:

  • 1 box of confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine (we use margarine)
  • 3-4 tbsp milk, as needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Do you have a great holiday family dessert recipe? Share it in the comments!

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