This is another recipe that has been in my family for a couple generations. I raised boys. They liked sweets, but not the overly sugary stuff. This recipe can be altered, or have things like wheat germ and brewers yeast powder added to boost the nutritional value yet not be detected. This was one of my boys early favorites in the "grab and go" category.
This is a heavy cake that can be iced, but is equally delicious with just a dusting of powdered sugar to give it a finished look. My family and friends like it best still warm from the oven.
|The original recipe includes the instruction to make your own applesauce. I use 1 can of unsweetened applesauce which, thankfully, is available in the grocery store.|
|2 1/2 cups flour|
|1 1/2 cups sugar|
|1/4 tsp baking powder|
|1 1/2 tsp baking soda|
|1 tsp salt|
|1 tsp cinnamon|
|1/2 tsp ground clove|
|1/2 tsp allspice|
|1/2 cup soft shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)|
|1/2 cup warm water|
|1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce (1 can is usually the right amount)|
|1 cup chopped walnuts|
|1 cup plumped raisins (place raisins in a microwave safe container, cover with water and heat on HIGH for 3 minutes to plump. Cool and drain before mixing into batter)|