Apple-Walnut Picnic Cake:
1 tbsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. baking soda
1-½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground cloves
¾ tsp. nutmeg
2-¼ tsp. cinnamon
¾ c. butter or margarine, softened
2-¼ c. granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2-¼ c. applesauce (commercially made or homemade)
½ c. + 1 tbsp. water (see Note)
1-½ c. raisins, plumped (see Further Note)
¾ c. chopped walnuts
Stir in raisins and nuts. Spoon into 9x13-in. pan that has been greased and floured (or greased, with parchment paper trimmed to fit the bottom of the pan). Bake 1-¼ hr. or until a toothpick inserted at cake’s center comes out dry. Cool completely on rack for at least two hours.
Further Note: To plump raisins or other small dried fruits such as currants, combine a little water together with dried fruit in covered microwave-safe container, heating 30-to-60 sec. on full power. Length of heating time and amount of water (I use approximately 1 tbsp. water for ½ c. dried fruit) varies with amount of fruit to be plumped. If you cover your microwave-safe container with cello wrap, slightly turn back one corner to allow steam to escape. Plumping dried prunes will require extra water.
You can, of course, plump dried fruits in a saucepan, but you’ll need more water. Bring it to a boil, put on the lid, turn off the heat, and allow the fruit to sit for several minutes.
|Dry ingredients: Sift well for even distribution in cake|
|Beat 5 min. at high speed|
|Add applesauce, stirring in|
|Walnuts, raisins ... HALT!|
|Now they're plumped!|
1 c. golden brown sugar, firmly acked
½ c. whole milk or light cream
2-¼ c. sifted icing sugar (“confectioners” sugar or “powdered” sugar; add more as needed)
Melt butter over low heat in medium saucepan. Add brown sugar, stirring constantly, about 2 min. Add milk, continuing to stir until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature, about 30 min. With electric mixer at high speed, add sifted icing sugar gradually, until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. When frosting has completely cooled, spread over cake in pan.
|Melt butter on low heat, Dollinks!|
|Stir in brown sugar until mixture reaches rolling boil|
|Spread cooled Caramel Frosting over cooled cake|