National Applesauce… Cake (really?) Day (6/6)

What would make a person think to put applesauce in a cake? It barely ever occurs to me to put applesauce in a bowl! There is truly nothing significant, historical or otherwise, about this cake. It looks as though it’s origins come from somewhere around WWI, which makes a lot of sense since times were kind of lean in the U.S. then. See, the only way I can comprehend applesauce winding up in a cake is if someone either ran out of something, or they had an old jar laying around too long and wanted to get rid of it.  Either way, I’m pretty sure the words, “Wonder what it would do to it if I dumped this applesauce in there,” were uttered. 

The only thing that would have taken more time than making this cake, surely would have been driving around trying to find someone who carries it or has even heard of it. The ingredients are very dumpable anyway, by which I mean there aren’t a lot of minute measurements, and only nine ingredients at that (two of which were optional).  It seemed to call for a lot of flour.  If I had to do it over again, I’m pretty sure I’d cut it about a quarter and see how that workes.  I mean, I know it’s a cake, but it should be a little moist, right? 


I guess the only other thing that I would have tried to do different would have been dropping it on the kitchen floor while I was transferring it to the refrigerator.  Yeah, it’s truth time. That picture at the top is the one even slightly attractive image I could capture from the final product. I tell you this,  the applesauce cake will more than likely not get a lot of action in my house. 

See you Thursday for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

About Jim Clark

"If it was worth doing, then it is worth writing!" -- Jim Clark -- Someone else probably said that before, and I'm sure that each semester she starts her Creative Writing 101 class by writing it on the board, but I never took that lady's class so I am taking her quote! I work in the world of advertising, but I write for a living. Here in the second decade of the '00s, we find ourselves in a culture where virtually everyone writes for a living. With all the clicking and clacking on Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts, our lives are more than ever intertwined with writing. At the same time, it's also become increasingly more important to shorten our thoughts down to as few characters as possible. So, now, more than ever, I think it's also important to hold a place in our lives for expanding and honing our thoughts through writing. This is my place for that.
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2 Responses to National Applesauce… Cake (really?) Day (6/6)

  1. Alicia says:

    My mother always used to put applesauce in cakes as a way to cut down on the oil and still keep it moist. She actually worked for a bakery and had some kind of miracle way of making the cakes taste great. In my opinion, cake is the only acceptable way of eating applesauce.

    • Jim Clark says:

      Well mouth! That’s what we say at things like.that here in the South. Well, that’s what I’ve heard us say, anyway. Some if the vernacular, even after 20 years, I’m really having a hard time adopting.

      My mind is opening on some things, Alicia, and I definitely appreciate your comment. I’m very new to baking, but now the applesauce is a blip on my radar. I wonder what it would do for pancakes. Or vodka, for that matter!

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