Sep 6, 2011

Auntie Peg's Applesauce Cake

My ancestors might just aim a few lightning bolts at me for this one. This recipe is famous on my dad's side of the family. My great Auntie Peg is one of my favorite relatives. She's one of those people you read about in books. Everyone always has a saucy old relative full of hilarious expressions who isn't afraid to just tell it like it is. She stays up till 2 in the morning. She has awesome hair and vibrant eyes. She's sweet, smart, and has the best sense of humor. And she's a great cook. When my dad got remarried 15 years ago, she brought this cake with her from Pennsylvania to California. When I got married, she passed the recipe to me. She also gave me the most beautiful crystal salad bowl from Strawbridges. The recipe plus the bowl are still two of my favorite and most used wedding presents.

I've never been one to hide recipes. I think "secret" recipes are just plain superfluous. I bet Auntie Peg uses that word. It's pretty superfluous itself. Anyway, sorry Auntie Peg, but the world deserves to know.


Dry ingredients:
2 1/2 c. Gold Medal Flour
2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp all spice

Wet ingredients:
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. water
1 1/2 c. applesauce
2 eggs

1 c. raisins
1/2 c. chopped nuts


Brown butter frosting (recipe below)

Mix dry ingredients.
Mix wet ingredients.
Combine wet and dry.
Add nuts and raisins.
Grease and flour 13"x9" pan.
Bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool and frost with brown butter frosting.

Brown Butter Frosting:
3 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-2 T milk

Heat butter (do not use margarine or spreads) in a small saucepan over medium heat until just light brown. Watch carefully because butter can brown and then burn very quickly. Cool.

Mix powdered sugar and butter in mixer on low speed. Slowly add vanilla and one tablespoon of the milk. Gradually beat in just enough milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable.

Love you, Auntie Peg!

My sister and I with Auntie Peg - March 2009


Jeff and Sheila Capell said...

Oh Megan, I love love love reading your food blog! Just wondering though, did I miss the brown butter frosting recipe somewhere?? Sounds super yummy!

Shannon said...

Obviously a recipe request. #5, I think.

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