Applesauce Cake

This weekend we close the door on one chapter and then open the door to the next.
We’re closing on the townhouse tomorrow!!!! Holy cow, it’s really happening!! We are packing and throwing out junk and just this past week I started packing up the kitchen. I wasn’t sure where to begin because I use everything and still need a lot of it out, but I gotta start somewhere, and Mike’s been asking me if I started packing up yet. Okay, okay, so I guess for a week we’ll have to live on processed food, but I had to bake one more thing in the kitchen, this applesauce cake.
It’s been a while since I made it. It was another one of those 13×9-inch baking dish cakes that my mom enjoyed making. There were so many other baking dish cakes she made, I should turn this into a series or something!
I think I mentioned this before, but I LOOOOOOOOOOVE applesauce! I use it in cookies and box cake mixes. What I love about using it as an ingredient is that it not only leaves your cakes moist, but it eliminates the use of oil, which is fattening, and I just don’t like using it in my desserts much. But anyway, this cake is another one of those quick baking dish cakes my mom made a lot of. Alex loves it, too! For her sake I omitted the nuts and added a little more raisins.
Celebratory cake? I think so. Here’s to a new chapter in my little family’s life in our new house!

APPLESAUCE CAKE
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped nuts*
1/2 cup raisins
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13×9-inch baking dish.
• In a mixer bowl, sift together flour, sugar and baking soda. Add the shortening and water. Beat for 1 minute.
• Add the applesauce and egg, and beat for 3 minutes. Then fold in the nuts and raisins.
• Pour batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool and frost if desired.
*You can omit the nuts and throw in an extra 1/2 cup of raisins!
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