National Applesauce Cake Day

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Have you ever heard of applesauce cake? I hadn’t until recently when I discovered that June 6 is National Applesauce Cake Day. This cake was popular during the Great Depression when traditional things like sugar and eggs were rationed and in order to make a cake, many households had to be creative with the ingredients they use. Applesauce makes for an excellent substitute of these items as it’s moist and sweet. Here’s a recipe so you can make your very own applesauce cake.

You’ll Need:
– 2 cups sugar
– 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
– ½ cup vegetable oil
– ¼ teaspoon baking powder
– 1 tablespoon baking soda
– 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
– 1 tablespoon cinnamon
– ½ cup water
– 1 tablespoon allspice
– 2 eggs
– 1 ½ cups applesauce

To Make:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and let cook for 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving. You can serve it as it is or top it with whipped cream.

If you are feeling particularly handy in the kitchen you can always make your own applesauce to use in the cake. Place ½ a cup of butter in a pot and heat on the stove on low. Peel about ten apples. Slice them in quarters, removing the stem and core. Place the slices in the pot with ½ a tablespoon of cinnamon. Let the apples cook until they are soft. Use a fork to mash the apples until they are the consistency of applesauce. If you plan on using the applesauce in the applesauce cake, make sure that you let the applesauce completely cool first.

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