Apple Sauce Cake 1930

Marcia McCance


This was in my mother's notebook. There are no clues to who gave her this one, but she must have liked it, or it would not be hand written in her notebook.

The only identifying characteristic is that it is dated "1930" -- which would have made her about 20 years old when she acquired it.

There is no mention of icing of any kind, but that is not unusual. Mom was a fan of sweets but she did not care for them to be overly sweet. This is probably more of a coffee cake because of the spices.

I've never tried it personally... that I remember... I am simply posting her recipes.


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15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
  • 1 1/2 c
    apple sauce
  • 2 c
  • 3 c
    flour, all purpose
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    cloves, ground
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp
    nutmeg, ground
  • 1 c
    nuts (walnuts or pecans) chopped

How to Make Apple Sauce Cake 1930


  1. Cream the butter and sugar then add the applesauce and raisins, stir well
  2. Sprinkle one cup of flour and then add the vanilla and lemon juice, stirring well
  3. sift dry ingredients including spices with remaining flour and add to mix
  4. add the nuts and stir hard for 2 minutes (I assume this was by hand -- I am not sure when electric mixers came out, but we did not get one until the late 1950's)
  5. pour it in a deep pan lined with paper --
    Note: A deep pan would make a tall cake (like coffee cake) rather than a long flat one, and I assume that is parchment paper. That is what is written in the recipe but this sounds like it may be a spring form pan or an angel food cake pan.

    If I were trying it out I would probably grease and flour a 9x13 pan rather than use the paper which would also probably shorten the baking time - meaning bake until done -- until the center springs back or a straw comes out clean.
  6. Bake in a slow oven at 250 degrees for 1 and 1/2 hours -- this is, of course, the directions for the tall pan with the paper lining
  7. Note 2: I find the directions for this cake a little unusual but I have related them as she wrote them. If anyone has more experienced advice, please let me know. Thanks!!

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About Apple Sauce Cake 1930

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom
Hashtags: #coffee #applesauce

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