This past Sunday was Rosh Hashanah, one of my favorite days of the year, courtesy of my very multi-culti family! We gather at my aunt and uncle’s house to celebrate the Jewish New Year over a delicious meal. My mother was wracking her mind trying to come up with a yummy dessert idea when she noticed that alot of Rosh Hashanah desserts feature apples. She had an “aha!” moment and recalled this delicious apple sauce cake that was a staple of my grandmother’s recipe box. Sweet, spicy and delicious–this cake is a nostalgic treat all around.
Granny’s Apple Sauce Cake
- 1/2 c. soft butter
- 1.5 c. granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 c. flour
- 2 t. baking soda
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. ground cloves
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1.5 c. apple sauce
- 1 c. chopped dates
- 1/2 c. chopped nuts
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 T. butter or margarine
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2-3 c. of confectioners sugar
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Cream together the butter, sugar and eggs.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
- Add the applesauce, dates and nuts to the butter mixture, alternating with the dry ingredients.
- Mix throroughly and turn out into a well-buttered tube pan.
- Bake for 60 minutes.
- Alternately, you can use a 9×13 pan, but this will reduce the baking time to approximately 40 minutes.
- For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add 2 cups of confectioners sugar, gradually adding more until you achieve the desired consistency.
- Drizzle the frosting over the cake. Top with chopped nuts and/or dates to your liking.