Applesauce Cake

I have a copy of the Fannie Farmer cookbook, which I loathe. I’ve never found anything worth making in it, until now. I was craving a cake and I wanted this dumb book to pay for itself, so I resolved to try something out of the cakes section. That’s where the real magic has been hiding all along! This would go beautifully with a burnt sugar or cream cheese frosting.

276 g (2 c) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
113 g (1/4 lb) butter, softened
315 g (1 1/2 c) sugar
300 g (1 c) applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Cream butter, adding sugar gradually until well mixed. Add applesauce and blend. Mix in eggs, one at a time until well blended. Add dry ingredients gradually, until just mixed, then gently stir in raisins and nuts. Pour batter into greased and floured 9×13 or two 8-in. rounds. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.