Easy one-bowl applesauce cake recipe (1973)

Homemade applesauce cake with whipped cream

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This sweet and spicy — and super easy — one-bowl applesauce cake bakes up into the perfect cold-weather dessert or after-school snack.

Made with a combination of spices, applesauce and molasses, it’s both sweet and spicy, as well as warming and comforting. And the best part? It’s easy to make and requires just one bowl. The recipe uses no refined sugar, so it’s a slightly healthier treat option for those watching their sugar intake.

Serve it warm with an optional sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar, or a drizzle of lemon glaze — or, as shown here, a delightful dollop of whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon.

Homemade applesauce cake with whipped cream
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Snitch ‘N Snack Cake: One-bowl applesauce cake recipe (1973)

It’s one-bowl easy. It’s snitchin’ good. And it’s especially versatile. It’s the perfect snack almost any time. Bake it as squares, a ring, a loaf or cupcakes. Glaze it or not.

Serve it as a dessert, alone, or a la mode. Offer it for special flavor at brunch, lunch, or nightcap breaks.

The good flavor comes from the blend of tart and sweet apples in Mott’s Applesauce and from Grandma’s old-fashioned molasses.

Making Grandma’s Snitch ‘N Snack Cake is simple. Hiding it from snitchers may be a problem.

3 vintage applesauce cake recipes (1970s)

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Homemade applesauce cake with whipped cream

One-bowl applesauce cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


For cake

  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup Grandma's molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup raisins

For glaze

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Grease and flour pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl.
  3. Cut in butter, add molasses, egg and applesauce.
  4. Beat well.
  5. Stir in raisins.
  6. Bake in greased and floured 8-inch square pan in 350 F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until it tests done.
  7. Turn out on cake rack.
  8. Optional: Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar or lemon glaze.
  9. To make the glaze, mix lemon juice and confectioners' sugar.


An optional topping can be added before baking: Sprinkle top with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixed together.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 361mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g

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