1930's Applesauce Cake (Depression Era Cake)

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READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by lynnski LA

This delicious depression era cake calls for just 1 tablespoons of butter. It's also called Poor Man's Cake. It's a good cake for anyone who wants a reduced fat cake, or one that does not contain eggs. If you don't have applesauce on hand you can substitute 2/3 cup of coffee... can't beat that one for economy. I love these old recipes, it's a glimpse into the past, this one was published in the Los Angeles Times, food section about 20 years ago.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl, stir in corn syrup and set aside; sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  2. Dissolve the soda in applesauce;(or coffee if using) add flour mixture and applesauce mixture alternately to creamed mixture.
  3. Pour into greased 13X9-inch pan; bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tests done.

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