Homemade Prune Cake

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Serves: (9x13) 12-15
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1 c prunes, pitted
1/4 c water, warm
1 c sugar or sugar substitute
3 large eggs lightly beaten
1 c applesauce, unsweetened (or canola oil -see note)
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg--1/2 if using fresh
1 tsp allspice, ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground--1/2 if using fresh
1 c buttermilk--see note
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c sugar
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp white corn syrup
1/4 c butter---not margarine
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Vanessa Thompson Recipe
Lightly Salted
Blaine, KY (pop. 47)
Member Since Jan 2012
Vanessa's notes for this recipe:
This was a recipe my Mother gave me years ago--this can be doubled and even tripled (you may need it). My mother love this cake and it's a favorite of all my family!!
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Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl , mix together applesauce (or Oil - IF you use oil it does make it a bit flatter and more dull taste ), sugar and eggs. Mix well--almost cream ,and set aside.
Using a food processor-- mix pitted prunes ad 1/4 cup water and puree' until smooth! NOT too much--you just want to see tiny-tiny bits of prune
In a separate bowl SIFT together ALL dry ingredients..slowly add to wet ingredients from first bowl and mix well as you go.When well mixed add..Buttermilk--(IF you do not have any-make it..add 1 tablespoon of viniger to a 1 cup measuring cup and fill to top with milk--let set 3-5 minutes) then add vanills and prunes--mix well but do not over mix o prunes will settle in he bottom while baking..
Pour into a BUTTERED (9 X 13) baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes--it will stick to a toothpick when inserted into middle--so it will not work to check this way..just do not bke more than 45 minutes tops-ori will burn.
5 minutes before cake is done start you icing.
combine all icing ingredients in a large cooker ( it tends to boil over) and LIGHTLY mix together. Turn on medium to medium-low heat and boil WITHOUT stirring--boil for 5 to 7 minutes.. It should have a carmel color BUT , not sticky. Remove cake frm ovenndpour icing ovr immediantly and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes befor serving..can be served warm or cold. ENJOY !!!!


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user Bobby Webb Bobdoescooking - Sep 11, 2013
Looks wonderful Vanessa! You have been PINCHED!!! BOBBY:)
user Jane L. Augustson 2wildcats - Sep 13, 2013
My mom would make this every Feb for my dad's birthday and her mom every year for the family reunion but they would summer the prunes in a pan of water then use that water for the cake mix plus cut the prunes up some before putting them in the mix. mom put peanut butter frosting on it grandma would put chocolate frosting on it. Boy it was good I make it now but I put peanut butter frosting on it than drizzle chocolate frosting on top. if you put the cake in the freezer before you frost it you will find that the cake is easer to frost plus the keep very well in the freezer.

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