Today is National Applesauce Cake Day, a recipe that evolved in the early 1900s and was promoted heavily during World War I as a way to conserve butter, eggs and sugar.
The applesauce adds moisture and sweetness to the cake, requiring less of the other ingredients.
Applesauce cake is a spice cake rather than an apple cake. It can be served plain, with tea or coffee; or made into a more formal dessert topped with whipped cream or lemon curd.
As with any recipe, your effort reaps the greatest reward when you use top-quality ingredients. Instead of picking up a jar of applesauce at the market, make your own.
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