This is an old fashioned, easy and quick to make
snack cake that requires things most people will
have in their cupboard--and it tastes good! This cake
can be made with just a whisk and bowls, no need for
an electric mixer. I found it in my old Betty Crocker
book that is falling apart at the seams from use.
I laid a pretty doily on top of the cooled cake, then
sprinkled it with powdered sugar for just a bit of
decoration. The recipe book says this was an old
time quilting bee favorite--I can see why--it is
very moist and very flavorful. A keeper!
Grease and flour 13 x 9 pan, preheat oven to 350. If you are using a
glass pan reduce temperature to 325.
2 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
Sift dry ingredients together with a whisk. Set aside.
1/2 cup soft shortening
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
In smaller bowl mix ingredients together with whisk.
Add 2 eggs to mixture, stir together. Add this mixture
to dry ingredients, mix for 2 minutes.
Stir in 1/2 cup chopped raisins.
Pour into prepared pan, bake 45 to 50 minutes until cake
tests done with a toothpick in the middle.
When completely cool, lay a large doily on top and sprinkle
lightly with powdered sugar. A thin layer of cream cheese
frosting would be very good as well.