The Thrifted Kitchen {Applesauce Cake}

Alright, y'all. Today I'm real excited to start a new series that I've been thinking on for a bit. I'm wanting to get some more thrift-related content on here, as well as food, so I thought I'd marry the two for a fun weekly bit I'm calling The Thrifted Kitchen. Some weeks it'll be recipes I've thrifted & made; other weeks will be an extended Style Spots, where I'll reveal cool kitchen gadgets I've picked on my outings! Sound like fun?! (I hope so!)

Today's inaugural post is from a recipe box that I picked at an estate sale. It's chock full of stained, worn and well-loved concoctions, most with very vague directions and/or measurements that I'll have to fudge through and cross my fingers that it's a success.

This particular one is for an applesauce cake, given to the previous owner by a lady named Anna Kidd. It must've been one she made frequently because this card has clearly seen some action, and at the bottom in parentheses it says "good cake."

For the most part I agree, with the exception of two things: 1) it's a little dry, so I might suggest a little more applesauce; 2) definitely make some frosting to go with it (as she suggests at the bottom). I didn't do this, and I think it would benefit greatly from the extra sweetness. The nutmeg and cinnamon give it a "fall" kind of taste, but the lemon extract flavor virtually disappears after it's baked, so you might just add more vanilla, or maybe sub the lemon for almond?

But why don't you give it a try and see what you think?

Applesauce Cake
1/2 cup fat (I used butter)
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed sweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon (baking) soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Cream fat and sugar. Add rest of ingredients. Beat two minutes. Pour into loaf pan lined with wax paper (I just used some Baker's Joy). Bake 50 minutes in a moderately slow oven (I baked it at 325 degrees and it took about an hour). Cool and frost. 

{Image and design elements by me}


  1. This is really cool! The cake looks awesome.

  2. Love, love love this idea! we have all come across old recipe boxes from loved ones or like you various estate sales. It is a walk down memory lane to look at the handwriting,little notes and imagine that cooks "kitchen" life. I have several from some wonderful family cooks from both sides that go back 2 generations. I think I will start with desserts :)


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