Recipe Redux: Amish Applesauce Cake

Recipe Redux: Amish Applesauce Cake, 9.3 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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This is apple season and from what I am hearing the crop is pretty good this year. Amish cooks are making their own batches of applesauce, homemade cider, and cider doughnuts.  The applesauce can be canned for enjoyment year round.  Another way many Amish cooks choose to use their applesauce is in cakes.  This recipe makes a great, moist cake. You can frost the cake (yum, I vote for that:),dust it with powdered sugar, or just enjoy by itself for a not-too-sweet treat. Doesn’t this look delicious? Thanks to recipe-tester Trish for trying it out for us!  Now you can try it yourself:


1 cup sugar

1 cup salad dressing (Miracle Whip or similar)

1/2 milk

2 cups applesauce

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. salt

      In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.  Cream the sugar, salad dressing and milk together.  Beat in the applesauce and vanilla.  Gradually add the dry ingredients.

     Pour into a greased and floured 13X9 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes.  Cake will be golden brown and pull away from sides of pan.

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The Discussion

  1. I have made this cake and it is delicious without any powdered sugar or frosting. -Lowell

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  2. I made this cake this afternoon, but I halved the recipe and used an 8×8 pan. I did a non-Amish thing by adding a handful of my beloved cinnamon chips that I order on-line from King Arthur Flour (couldn’t resist!). It was delicious and so moist, as you said. I love seeing the picture–makes me want to make it even more. This is a wonderful, homespun recipe, and I love how I did not have to peel any apples. Next time I will try it exactly as written. Thanks.

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