3 vintage applesauce cake recipes (1970s)

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Snitch ‘N Snack Cake: One-bowl applesauce cake

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 Apple Sauce and from Grandma’s old-fashioned molasses.

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

Grandma's one-bowl applesauce cake recipe

Grandma’s one-bowl applesauce cake recipe


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 Mott’s applesauce
3/4 cup Sun Maid raisins


Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Cut in butter, add molasses, egg and applesauce. Beat well. Stir in raisins. Bake in greased and floured 8-inch square pan in 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Turn out on cake rack. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar or glaze.

Glaze: Mix 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice and 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar.

Vintage recipe for one-bowl applesauce cake

Applesauce cake recipe (1972)

Published in The Evening Review (East Liverpool, Ohio) – October 27, 1972


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup chopped nutmeats
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Ingredients for the topping
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs. Sift flour. baking powder. soda and salt together; add to creamed mixture. Add applesauce, nutmeats, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour into greased loaf pan (13x9x2). Sprinkle top with 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixed together. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

From Wanda E. Wilson, Lisbon RD 3

One-bowl applesauce cake recipe (1971)

Published in the Longview News-Journal (Longview, Texas) – August 4, 1971

Even those of us who dearly love every hour spent in the kitchen sometimes have things about cooking that we dislike doing.

Most of all, I dislike these three things: separating egg whites from yolks, creaming butter and sugar, and bringing anything to the soft ball stage. So, naturally, I seek out recipes that avoid any or all of these steps, if possible. The recipe today is known as a “one bowl cake recipe” — simple enough for last week’s bride to make successfully.It is practically foolproof, and does not have to be brought to any kind of “ball stage.”

Sift together in a bowl:

2-1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves


1/2 cup soft shortening
1/2 cup water
2-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs

Mix well, about 2 minutes with an electric mixer.


1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins

Pour into greased and floured 9×13″ oblong pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until it tests done. Frost with caramel frosting.

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