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I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Friday, 28 August 2009

Applesauce Spice Cake . . .



As I may have mentioned before, or maybe not, we live in a little cottage in the rural English countryside, surrounded on three sides by beautiful English Orchards.

In the springtime, the area is a beautiful sea of pink and white blossom, in the summer a sea of green, filled with tiny miniature apples and pears and about this time of year the air rings with the sound of fruit pickers and is filled with the smell of ripening fruit.



Every intake of air fills the mind and heart with remembrances of the home of my childhood, the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada . . . and dreams of apple pies, puddings and cakes . . .



One of the nice things about it all, is that we are free to help ourselves to the windfalls, and every few days one often finds a big pot of applesauce or apple butter simmering away on the top of my country kitchen stove . . .



In late August and early September my house permanently smells like cinnamon, and nutmeg, and cloves . . .



and apples . . . drying and hanging on strings, all strung across the back of the Aga . . . baking up all sweet and spicy into buttery apple pies . . . or into a cake stogged full of the lovely flavours of sweet sultanas, crunchy toasted walnuts, and moist with applesauce and spice . . .



*Applesauce Spice Cake*
Serves 10 to 12
Printable Recipe

This is a lovely cake that the whole family will enjoy. Deliciously moist and full of the wonderful flavour of spice, studded with soft raisins and crunchy walnuts, this truly is a joy to bake and to eat. The smell of this when it is baking is truly heavenly!


2 ½ cups plain flour
1 cups caster sugar
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
½ cup vegetable shortening such as Trex, White Flora or Crisco
½ cup water
2 large eggs, beaten
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1 cup sultantas
FOR THE ICING:
¾ cup of softened butter
5 cups icing sugar, sifted
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon essence



Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Lightly grease and flour a 9 by 15 inch baking pan and set aside.

Sift together the flour, soda, baking powder, salt, spices and sugar into a large bowl. Drop in the shortening, applesauce, water and eggs. Beat it all together with an electric mixer until it is all smooth, beating well. Fold in the sultanas and walnuts. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake for approximately 34 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned and the top springs back when lightly touched. Alternately you may use a toothpick to see if it is done, which when inserted will come out clean.

Remove from the oven and place in the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
Once completely cool make the frosting. Beat the butter until light and fluffy and then beat in the remaining ingredients, beating until smooth and fluffy. Spread evenly across the top of the cake. (leave the cake in the pan and serve from there) If you want you can sprinkle more toasted walnuts over the top of the finished cake. Delicious!

*Note - You can also bake this lovely cake in two 9 inch rounds, giving you one delicious one to frost and eat right away and another tasty one to wrap up and store in the freezer for a delicious treat a few months down the road. ☺

11 comments:

Kathy said...

Marie...spice cake of any kind is my mans favorite! I will surely try this one on him. Love this time of year when the fall smells fill the kitchen, God Bless, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Hilary said...

Your home sounds idyllic (and the cake looks moist and scrumptious - apple spice cake is one of my favourites).

And I didn't know you were from the Annapolis Valley! My godmother lives just outside Wolfville. I absolutely love the whole area.

La Table De Nana said...

Anther keeper Marie..is that your pretty kitchen? Beautiful!

Queen B. said...

You are amazing.......I mean really !
This looks divine !!!!!!
HAPPY FRIDAY :)

The Ample Cook said...

This is my idea of heaven. I love a moist cake. It looks really delicious.

Tracy said...

This is fantastic, Marie! I love applesauce cakes... I've not made one in ages though as it's hard to get unsweetened ready-make applesauce here--they're all full of sugar. Guess I'll have to make my own...LOL! But LOVE this recipe...mmm...((BIG HUGS))

Heatherfeather said...

This looks delicious as all of your baking recipes do :)

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

Yum! It's not apple and spice season here in Florida (not for another month or so), but I'll make sure to come back and make your cake in October... it looks delicious!

Gloria said...

I love applesauce cake! and this look fantastic Marie, I love , beauty pics and thanks by stopping by at my blog.
Huggs and hope you have a nice weekend (dont work too much) xxxxgloria

Kim said...

Beautiful kitchen photos and a wonderful looking cake. I love the frosting and the walnuts - delicious11

Millie said...

Another beauty from the kitchen of the gorgeous Marie - my family thanks you!
Millie ^_^