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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

In the kitchen with Ruby time!

What a day. Hubby had been so sweet and bought me a new camera...well actually he won it through a contest at work. It is snazy, a Kodak easy share. Well it takes great pics, BUT I can not get it to transfer the photos to the computer....I am not so challenged that I should get stymied by this action, but the darn camera does not seem to be functioning. SO a lot of frustration and some choice words I went back to my old camera, and took a pic of today's project. I was bound and determined to share!

 I decided I wanted to start trying a few dessert recipes from the depression era of the 1930's this month and the first one was an applesauce cake. I had everything but the dark corn syrup, so I used light, and subbed white sugar for brown. Past that I followed it exactly. It only took a few easy.

My results....

So of course not having anything to compare it to (not being able to ask my Grandma like I once did when trying such recipes how she recalled the results), I just have to give my humble opinion. It is decent. Not too sweet. Maybe a bit chewy. I baked it 45 minutes, I think it could have gone a bit less. I also baked it in the called for pan(obviously chosen so that one would have a lot of servings for pennies) and doing so makes for a VERY thin I would say perhaps next time I shall try it in a smaller pan and make it a thicker cake and adjust the time as needed for thickness and being fully done. 

I would be so very pleased to hear if you try it and your results....what you changed, what you didn't. But I do urge you to give it a whirl and see what you think....oh and yes I know supposedly corn syrup is evil, but sometimes you have to live on the edge.

1930's Applesauce Cake (Depression Era Cake)

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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 10 mins
  • Serves: 10, Yield: 1 cake

About This Recipe

"This delicious depression era cake calls for just 1 tablespoons of butter. It's also called Poor Man's Cake. It's a good cake for anyone who wants a reduced fat cake, or one that does not contain eggs. If you don't have applesauce on hand you can substitute 2/3 cup of coffee... can't beat that one for economy. I love these old recipes, it's a glimpse into the past, this one was published in the Los Angeles Times, food section about 20 years ago."*


    • 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup corn syrup, dark
    • 2 cups flour, all purpose
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
    • 1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2/3 cup applesauce ( or substitute cold coffee in equal amount)


  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl, stir in corn syrup and set aside; sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  2. Dissolve the soda in applesauce;(or coffee if using) add flour mixture and applesauce mixture alternately to creamed mixture.
  3. Pour into greased 13X9-inch pan; bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until cake tests done.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (69 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 197.9
Calories from Fat 13

Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.5g
Saturated Fat 0.8g
Cholesterol 3.0mg
Sugars 14.1 g
Sodium 139.9mg
Total Carbohydrate 44.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Sugars 14.1 g
Protein 2.6g
*via By lynnski 


  1. What a great idea to give recipes from the past a try! Wishing you a fabulous week! xo HHL

  2. Hi Ruby, First of all let me apologize for posting her but I could not find a way to email you. I noticed on the HELP board that you had trouble with all your picture posts missing. I now have the problem and am in tears over the fact that I have over 200 posts with missing pictures.Would you please share with me how you corrected the problem. You can email me thru my profile on my blog. Thanks so much.

  3. Love the old recipes, so looking forward to more. One of my favorite cook books is the Victory Days cookbook from WWII. Great stuff in there. Hope all is well with your picture publishing, by now... come visit when you can.


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