This is the time of year when I would love to be a kid again.
I can still remember the feeling of utter freedom on these final days of school before summer vacation began and the expanse of sunny summer that lay before us as we dillydallied on our walk home on the final day of school – backpacks over stuffed with note books, artwork and extra sneakers.
We’d have a picnic lunch on the deck and then head off to the beach to kick off summer.
It was glorious.
With more time spent at home, summer is a good time to have snack cake on hand. It’s a wholesome alternative to muffins and cookies and is quick to mix up.
This recipe came from Wayne, a reader:
“[It’s] My most favorite Snacking Cake. I got this from a Church Favorite Recipe Cook Book; it may have be one of you recipes from the past. I enjoy it very much. I sometimes puree the raisins with 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour whisking it in with the whole wheat flour, same flavor without the whole raisins texture.”
I have adapted it just slightly, adding vanilla and a bit of salt. The sugar can be reduce to 2/3 cup if you prefer your cake a little less sweet. It’s a lovely, simple cake that is just right for snacking.
Wayne’s Whole Wheat Applesauce Snack Cake
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ¼ cups applesauce
- 1/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 ½ cups flour (spooned in)
- 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour (spooned in)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter a 9” x 13” baking pan or line it with parchment paper
- In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
- In a large bowl beat the butter with the sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then applesauce. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients and beat until well combined. Stir in raisins, if using.
- Spread in prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until done.
- Cool in pan for 10 minutes then upend on a wire rack
- Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.
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