Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Applesauce cake

When I was just barely a teenager, I saw a television movie that was the beginning of what would become "The Waltons," a long-running television series in the United States. The movie, called "The Homecoming, A Christmas Story," starred Patricia Neal as Olivia Walton, the strong mother of seven children. The film was set on a Christmas Eve during the Great Depression. Olivia spent precious money to buy sugar to make her traditional Christmas applesauce cake. I watch that movie on DVD every year now; it's become one of my holiday traditions.

My first applesauce cake of the season, topped with powdered sugar. Delicious!

I'm not sure I ever had an applesauce cake when I was a kid. We certainly had apple pie, but that's not the same thing. So now I make applesauce cake with the apples from our trees out back, inspired by Olivia Walton. It has become a holiday tradition in our house. This year is not a good year for apples, but I made applesauce last year and froze it. So on Tuesday I thawed out some of the applesauce and made the cake. It includes toasted walnuts from a friend's tree across town. It's not the holiday season yet, and this will not be the last applesauce cake I enjoy this year. That, and a little of Miss Mamie's and Miss Emily's papa's recipe...

UPDATE: Some of you asked for the recipe (for the cake, not the bootleg whiskey), so here it is:

Applesauce Cake

2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar (I use 1
½ cups)
1½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. baking powder
1½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon (I use
½ tsp.)
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. ground allspice
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
1½ cups unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs

1 cup roughly chopped toasted walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9”x13” baking dish.
Combine all ingredients; pour in prepared pan.
Bake 60-65 minutes or until done.


  1. It looks fabulous!
    It's a shame your Bramley apple tree has not done so well this year.

  2. It looks delicious...

    Goodnight Walt Boy!

  3. uh, martha, how about sharing the recipe? that cake looks dee-lish!

    (and I DON'T mean the moonshine!)

    1. Anne Marie

      You are so funny and cool :-)

    2. why thank you beaver! now go call wally; it's time for supper!

  4. applesauce cakes, yogurt cakes....yall stay so fit n trim eating all that cake.......not fair !!

  5. Did you post the recipe somewhere? I like the way your cake looks and want to try one soon.

  6. Walt, I do the same thing. In fact I just made then froze the applesauce for it last week. You had me laughing so hard I was crying with the reference to Miss Mamie and Miss Emily's papa's recipe.


  7. Thanks for all your comments! I updated the post to include the recipe for those of you who asked. :)

  8. Thanks for the recipe, the addition of walnuts sounds much nicer than the dried fruit that the recipe I have had for ages suggests.


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