September 13, 2011

Applesauce Cake


Have you ever woke up one morning and the little person you gave birth to seems to be a completely different person?  He looks at you strange as if seeing you for the first time.  He thinks the picnics in the park this year are weird and uncomfortable even though he grew up doing that.  He won't hold your hand in public anymore.  He shakes his head in embarrassment as you bop your head to your favorite song in the car.  He doesn't want to give you a hug when you drop him off at school.  He informs you that he no longer needs your help with anything.  If there is a rare moment that he does happen to need your help, he will ask you for it.  

My dearest applesauce cake, I will always have you to make me feel needed!
My oldest started seventh grade this year.  He's going to be 13 in November.  I knew this was coming.  I guess I just wasn't prepared for it to happen so soon.  How am I coping, you ask?  Well, I'm trying to look at the bright side of things.  No more worrying about if he has homework.  Not so much laundry to wash and fold.  One less bed to make in the morning.  One less breakfast and lunch to make.  If I look at it this way my heart doesn't feel as broken.  I will have more free time and he will have more independence (and laundry and beds to make and breakfast and lunch, etc.) I'm thinking this will work out just fine!

This is my kind of cake, not too sweet and no icing required!

Applesauce Cake

by Deelicious Sweets
Cook Time: 45 - 50 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert cake
Ingredients (2 cakes - 12 servings per cake)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups sweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup pecans or other nuts, chopped
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease the bottoms of two 8-inch round layer cake pans. Line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper and then grease the paper. In a small cup, soak the raisins in the warm water until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain the excess liquid.
Onto a clean sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at low speed, beat together the butter, eggs, and applesauce until well blended. Stir in the raisins and nuts. Scrape into the prepared pans, dividing equally.
Bake in the 350 degree oven until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut each cake into 6 pieces. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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Adapted from Naomi's Home Companion

Servings: 1 slice
Calories:  497
Total Fat:  18.1 g
Cholesterol:  62 mg.
Sodium:  401 mg.
Protein:  6.3g.


  1. Yummy, yummy, yummy. Can't wait to try this recipe out!

  2. My daughter is only 19 months and I dislike her independence already. I imagine when she is a teen it will be even more tough.

    I guess I finally know how my mom felt.

    The cake looks lovely.

  3. My 6 year old informed me today that he wants to get off the bus and walk home by himself. He doesn't need me to meet him anymore. Not ready for that, let alone more!

  4. This looks so good, thanks for sharing!

  5. applesauce cake = yummy!! i bet throwing in some fresh grated apples would be so good too!

  6. Aww....that's tough. Your little boy is growing up too fast! I'm scared of that day too. Well, he's already becoming independent when he wants to but he still needs me here and there, but I miss cuddling time. You are very good trying to think positively. I need to learn that. He's 13, and it's a good sign that he shows all the signs that he's more independent (imagine 18 year old relying on mom...). Your applesauce cake looks delicious! You still have this yummy treat to hang onto. ;-)

  7. This cake just sings autumn.

  8. This sounds like my son...only he has had issues with thinking I'm hip and what have you since he was two. :) He is so independant...which is good, because he's now been doing his laundry since he was 7. :)

  9. A comfort cake to ponder about the growth of the non-so little ones.
    I can't imagine being in your shoes yet, Dee. I have to say though, I am still try to keep the childish tradition alive, like kissin my mum and dad goodbye and hello, whenever I get to be at my hometown.

  10. My oldest is 8, almost 9, and I know that time is coming (just around the corner) where he will seemingly like me less.
    However that applesauce cake looks like a great way to be cheered up!!!

  11. My son is 24... my daughter is 26

    it does not ever get easier

  12. I love using applesauce in cake and brownies! And it is perfect for Fall :)

  13. I have so much applesauce leftover from our apple tree canning adventures last year that this cake recipe is a godsend! :)

  14. This looks wonderful. I would be smothering it in ice cream and calling it breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yum!

  15. I don't know if I've ever had applesauce cake. It looks wonderful! I love the raisins and nuts and all the wonderful spices! Maybe your little person needs more of this! :)

  16. Anonymous14.9.11

    I haven't had applesauce cake in forever! Yours looks wonderful! Beautiful photos too! Thanks for sharing Dee! Off to check out your apple dumplings post =]

  17. I always love your photos so much. Do you only use natural light or do you have supplemental lighting? I can only imagine how moist this cake is!

  18. I hear you loud and clear and am going through almost similar situation with my 9 year old son. :)

    That's such a gorgeous healthy cake. Bookmarking to be tried over the weekend.

  19. This cake looks moist and delicious! I want a big slice right now!!

  20. Awww. Dee. I remember that stage! He'll come back around again. In the meanwhile...i bet eating lots of this yummy applesauce cake will help! I imagine it is so moist and sweet! : )

  21. i love applesauce and your cake sounds like a must try one. Happy belated anniversary Dee!

  22. this looks perfect! I remember myself at 13 and your son sounds perfectly normal! :)

  23. This sounds amazing! Definitely bookmarking this!


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