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Quick Thank You Gift From The Heart – Applesauce Cranberry Cake

Last Saturday plans changed in an instant. The baby-sitter got sick. Too late to cancel my appointment. Time to call in re-enforcements. I called Julie.

Julie works full-time and has a 2-year-old, so Saturdays are not her ‘day-of-rest’. But she came to my rescue and agreed my children could spend the morning with her. She also said that she had homemade cookies to give me.

“Uh-huh. Now what do I do?” I thought. The angel is caring for my kids and feeding us. I had a big-time debt. I searched the cupboards. What reasonably-acceptable thank you gift could I whip up in one hour? I turned to my cranberry cookbook: Recipes for Sweetened Dried Cranberries. The book’s recipes are simple and straight-forward. More importantly, they’re good, and some of them are really fast to make.  With cranberries, I could make something sweet, colorful and fruity without having to trouble with preparing fresh fruit I didn’t have. I generally keep sweetened dried cranberries on hand because they’re a quick, healthy snack that my kids like. Now I needed those cranberries in the cupboard for an emergency baking operation.

I found a recipe for Applesauce Cranberry Cake. It would only take 45 minutes to bake, plus would use up the applesauce in the refrigerator that my children lost interest in last week.

From the looks of it, the cake turned out well. It sure smelled good! However, I did not have the gall to cut a slice and photograph it for this post. The cake was a gift after all.

I’ll just have to make it again and try a piece. Julie was most appreciative of the cake. And I sure appreciated her emergency mommy rescue. Thanks, Julie.

Click on “Continue reading…” for the Applesauce Cranberry Cake recipe.

Applesauce Cranberry Cake

Found in the Urban Processing Sweetened Dried Cranberry Cookbook

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar –packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 3 1/4 cups white flour or cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts – chopped (or any nuts of choice) (optional)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together, and then add egg and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and stir into butter mixture. Add dried cranberries and walnuts, then applesauce. Pour into greased 9 x 9 -inch cake pan and bake for about 40 – 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool and dust with powdered sugar, or mix powdered sugar together with a little milk, adding just a sprinkle of milk at a time while stirring, until desired thickness is achieved and glaze the cake.

The cake is festive, fruity and fun. Share with friends and enjoy.

As we know, cakes are only as good as their ingredients. A cake made fast won’t sacrifice flavor if it’s made with high-quality ingredients. Here are some of our country’s finest gourmet dried fruits. They can be kept in the cupboard for months, grabbed in a pinch, and still taste sweet and flavorful.

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1 Comment

  1. Looks delicious.Thanks for sharing this recipe.This will add new knowledge for me to baked other different flavor.

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