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Great Grandma's Old-Fashioned Applesauce Cake goes back generations in my family. Grandma called it Fence Cake, but I call it delicious. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
Old-Fashioned Applesauce Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Great Grandma's Old-Fashioned Applesauce Cake goes back generations in my family. Grandma called it Fence Cake, but I call it delicious.
Course: Dessert, old fashioned dessert
Cuisine: American, American Comfort Food
Keyword: applesauce fence cake, old-fashioned applesauce cake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 415 kcal
Ingredients
  • tablespoons tapioca
  • 3 cups applesauce
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees.

  2. In a small bowl, mix the applesauce, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and tapioca. Set aside while preparing the crust.

  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream the shortening, butter, and sugar.
  4. Add the vanilla and eggs to the butter mixture, and blend to combine.

  5. Add the flour, salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon to the mixing bowl and blend until a soft dough forms.

  6. Add 3/4's of the dough into a prepared 12" tart pan, or a 9 x 13 baking pan that has been sprayed liberally with baking spray.

  7. Press the dough evenly over the base of the prepared pan, and if using a tart pan, press the dough evenly up the sides of the pan.

  8. Spread the prepared applesauce evenly over the crust.

  9. With the remaining dough, roll out long ropes and lay them in a cross hatch pattern on top of the applesauce. *Note - be gentle with the dough ropes. A gentle touch works better than a heavy hand.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until nicely browned.
  11. Cool on a cooling rack for 30 minutes and then carefully remove the sides from the tart pan (if using), and allow to cool completely before dusting with confectioners sugar.

  12. Chill until ready to serve. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment;

12" square tart pan OR 9 x 13 baking dish, large bowl, hand mixer, OR stand mixer with paddle attachment, baking spray, measuring cups, measuring spoons, wooden spoons or spatula, cooling rack, baking sheet, small bowl.

Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Applesauce Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 309mg13%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.