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!
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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Servings: 1 slice
Total Fat: 18.1 g
Cholesterol: 62 mg.
Sodium: 401 mg.