This is my Grandmother’s recipe for a scrumptious cake that she always made. My Dad loves this cake and requested it for his birthday this year. It is a spice type of cake with raisins, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. It’s especially great for Fall and Winter time.
Grandma Brown’s Applesauce Cake
2 Cups Applesauce
3 tsp. soda
1 Cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1/2 Cup butter
1/2 Cup nutmeats
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1. Mix applesauce and soda. Set aside until ready for it.
2. Take 1/2 cup of flour out of the 2 1/2 cups flour and roll nutmeats and raisins in it. Set aside until ready for it.
3. Cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg yolks only – well beaten.
4. Sift together the remaining flour and all the spice.
5. Add to the butter and sugar and egg yolk mixture alternately with applesauce and soda mixture.
6. Add nutmeats and raisins
7. Fold in beaten egg whites.
8. Mix all in large mixing bowl.
9. Pour in bundt pan, bake 50-60 minutes at 300 degrees.
Burnt Sugar Icing
1/2 box brown sugar (1/2 lb.)
1/2 stick butter
1/2 C. cream -evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
Boil cream, sugar and butter without stirring until you can form a soft ball in a cup of cold water. (This was a new experiment for me so let it boil for several minutes, then take out a little of it and drop it into a cup of cold water. The mixture will hold together and not fall apart in the cup. That is how you know it’s ready. The key is this is “burnt” sugar icing. So it does sort of burn in the pan.) Remove from heat, add vanilla and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Beat until cool and creamy. (I always beat it too long! Just beat it long enough to mix it and then pour it on the cake. It goes on like a glaze and it hardens very very quickly!)
Another option is to use cream cheese icing. If you are adventurous then try the burnt icing. It is yummy and quite a unique flavor than typical icing.