Saturday, January 11, 2014

Applesauce Cake and Old things

This morning I baked a cake - I used an Amish recipe and substituted an ingredient, but it is just fine.

As I was thinking how I could make this cake more flavorful, I thought of some special sugar I have on hand. It was mailed to me, along with many other goodies, straight from Hawaii. As I was taking a picture of it to remind me of what I had substituted for the plain sugar, I realized that I was using, as usual, some of my aged and favorite dish towels. I wonder if others use these linens. They are so much better, in my own opinion, than the stiff and non-absorbent ones today. I only have eight but they should last for my lifetime.

During the mixing process, I got to thinking about the mixer and how much I love it. Can you love a mixer? YES! This simple tool from 1966 is still performing every time and it has an attached SEVEN foot cord! I dare you to find such a nice long cord on any appliance today, other than the vintage ones. I know its age because I found a "print ad" for sale on the internet of the showing the same one along with other Hoover Appliances.

My Model 8900 Made in N. Canton Ohio

"This item is a Print Ad. Please read the description below if you do not understand what a print ad is.

This auction is for a print ad for blenders, mixers and irons by Hoover. The ad came from a large oversized magazine (which was dated 1966), so it measures about 9.5 x 12.5 inches. The page has been left untrimmed and is in excellent condition.
Print Ads: Print ads are pages from vintage magazines, not reproductions. The pages are separated from the magazines by removing the glue from the binding to keep the ad in the best condition possible. I only trim the ads if necessary, such as the ads from stapled magazines."
You are missing out on sharing a slice of this cake with us. That's really too bad because, with the homemade applesauce and the Maui Mango Sugar - WOW! Killer Cake.
Please click on image to taste cake.

Amish Applesauce Cake
Baking Time: 30 min

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I use butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. (I use Release foil)
  2. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening with an electric beater on low speed. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; beat until well mixed. Add applesauce and vanilla; mix well then stir in the walnuts and pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.
For a fancier treat, drizzle with a glaze that's made by mixing 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 to 2 teaspoons water. (I sprinkle confectioners' dry sugar instead.) 


  1. This looks and sounds delicious!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. The applesauce cake sounds delicious.

    I used to have a bunch of the calendar towels too quite a long time ago.

  3. Looks ever sooooooooooo delicious.

    1. in regards to the weather photo/rock...go ahead, it's not mine!!!

      ps...just read your comment you left for me. The turtle in the image I posted today is on a piece of flat wood jutting out of the pond.

  4. The cake looks wonderful. I'll have mine with some coffee.
    I have dish towels like those. In fact today I pulled out my 1982 calendar dish towel. They are quite durable.