Friday, September 6, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Applesauce Cake

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

When apples are in season, I usually buy a bunch and make applesauce. It's so delicious when it's warm, straight from the pot. I can the rest for enjoying the rest of the year.

This recipe for Applesauce Cake is a great way to use your applesauce! It was handwritten in beautiful blue script on both sides of an index card. The recipe card is not dated, however other cards from the same collection with the same script in the same blue pen were found with dates on them from 1941. The upper right corner notes the recipe came from Family Circle.

View more recipes from this collection!

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.
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Applesauce Cake


  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Cloves, ground
  • ½ cup Shortening
  • 2 cups Applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1½ cups Walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups Raisins, finely cut
  • 1 cup Dates , thinly sliced
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¾ Brown Sugar, firmly packed


  1. Sift flour. Measure and sift again with baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
  2. Cream shortening. Add sugar, gradually creaming until light and fluffy.
  3. Add unbeaten eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add applesauce alternately with dry ingredients, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add nuts, raisins and dates and stir until well mixed.
  6. Bake in a well greased drip pan (11½ x 7 x 2") in a slow oven (325°F) for 40 minutes or until done.


The original recipe (probably from the 1940s) has a note at the top that reads "Family Circle" so this recipe probably came from the magazine.
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