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Mrs. Crowther's Applesauce Cake


Here is a gumdrop cake that my grandmother made. We called it fruitcake in the family, but the official title is Mrs. Crowther's Applesauce Cake.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup gumdrops (omit green and black ones)
  • 1 cup dates (our family omitted them)
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries


  1. Sift cocoa, baking powder with flour.
  2. Cream butter; add sugar and spices.
  3. Add beaten egg, then applesauce.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in warm water. Add, alternating with flour mix and fruit mix. (If you use the large gumdrops, cut them into small pieces.)
  5. Bake in paper lined loaf pans (either wax or parchment paper) at 325 degrees F for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours.

Submitted to Recipe Goldmine by Sharon on 01-21-02.

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