Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
I adapted 2 recipes from my Betty Crocker cookbook that was handed down to me from a friend who is in her 80s. The cookbook belonged to her mother. The original recipes were called "Kitchenette Cake" and "Quick as a Wink Icing." I like this recipe because they make 1 layer of cake, which is perfect for my family of 4. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make more.
- 1 1⁄3 cups sifted flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup applesauce
- 2⁄3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
- 1 egg
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a square or round 8-9" cake pan. Combine first 8 ingredients well in a large bowl. Pour into pan. Bake 15 minutes. Turn 180 degrees and bake 15 minutes more or until golden brown on top and pulling away from edges. Let cake cool completely.
- For the Icing, combine chocolate chips, butter and 3 tablespoons milk in a saucepan. Melt over low heat. Add sifted powdered sugar to chocolate mixture and combine well until it is thick and spreadable.
- Turn cake out on serving dish or ice in the cake pan. This cake looks very pretty with sprinkles along the sides and edges and the center left clean for candles.
We thought this was quite good and certainly easy to make. My 4 year old son had fun helping. I topped w/ vanilla buttercream.