Friday, January 22, 2010

Food Storage Friday - Applesauce Cake

I've had cake on my mind lately.  My daughter's third birthday is coming up, and I have been trying to decide what kind of cake to make.  I decided to try this one out to see if it would be something she would like (I really didn't want to try out a new cake on her birthday, only to have her not like it!).  I figured she would enjoy it, because she loves raisins and loves applesauce.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to share any of the pictures with you because my husband is out of town, and took the camera (and memory card) with him! Please believe me when I say, however, that the cake is delicious and moist.

I found this recipe on allrecipes.com, a favorite site of mine.  It's a great resource for finding food storage recipes, because you can search by ingredients you do want, as well as ingredients you don't want to use.  For example, when I'm looking for food storage baking recipes that use non-perishables only, I'll do a search for recipes that don't call for eggs and butter (to name the basics).  Of course, I still get results that I can't make using just my pantry items, but for the most part the recipes are all doable!

Okay, now onto the cake... I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious!  Pictures will be added as soon as I get my hands on that camera again.... :)

Applesauce Cake

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups applesauce
2 Tbsp molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a 9x13 pan.

In a medium bowl, sift your flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together your sugar and shortening.  Add the applesauce and molasses and mix together.

Gradually add the dry mixture in, until mixed well.  Fold in the raisins.

Pour into your pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean). (Note: The cake will not rise to the top of the pan).  Cool for 10 minutes.  You can top it with your favorite frosting or glaze, if desired.  Enjoy!

Find the recipe and read the reviews on allrecipes.com here.