Applesauce Spice Cake wih Vanilla Frosting

Applesauce Spice Cake   

Wet Ingredients:

2 cups applesauce (homemade from McIntosh Apples is best)

� cup vegetable Oil

� cup water

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla


Dry Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

2 � cups flour

1 � tsp baking powder

1 � tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

� tsp each cloves, allspice and nutmeg


1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. Combine wet ingredients in large bowl of electric mixer and beat well. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet and blend well. Stir in walnuts and raisins. Turn into pans, spreading evenly. Bake 30-35 min. Cool completely. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides.


Vanilla Frosting

� cup (1 � sticks) butter, room temperature

5 cups powdered sugar

� cup milk

2 tsp vanilla

Using an electric mixer, beat butter in small bowl until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes.






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Apples to a Good Home

Do you have an apple or pear tree(s) in your yard and find it a challenge to eat or process all the fruit? Sometimes a vacation, a new job, grandchild or even surgery will prevent you from the yearly task of gathering all the fruit so it does not attract bees, disease or rotting apples underfoot.

There is a volunteer organization in the Twin Cities called Fruits of the City that will harvest your fruit and donate it to food shelves. In 2012, 100 tree owners, five neighborhood coordinators, and 125 volunteers worked together to get 38,200 pounds of fruit from the trees and into the hands of those who do not otherwise have access to fresh produce. The program also helps to plant new orchards, design edible landscapes and advises on tree care. In this era of sustainability, why waste the fruits of the earth?

Fruits of the City 

A few parameters:

  • Only apples and pears, please
    (because of perishability)
  • They can only donate to food shelves
    (because of liability)
  • One or two trees?- no problem
  • Give them at least two -weeks' notice before fruit is ripe to get on their list
  • What's the most popular apple?
    Honeycrisp and Zestar

Fruits of the City PEople 

For more information on Fruits of the City,
contact: Jared Walhowe (651) 789-3321

Faith's Recommended Edibles
for the Urban Landscape


Just think how wonderful it would be to pick fresh fruit from your own yard. Here is a list of my favorite trees, shrubs and vines. They all produce edible fruit and are hardy and reliable. Look for these named cultivars when you are shopping.

Apples: Haralred, Honeycrisp, Zestar

Pear: Parker

Peach: Contender

Blueberries: Northblue, Northcountry

Cherry: Meteor, North Star, Nanking

Plums: Superior Dwarf, American

Apricots: Moongold, Sungold

Grapes: Bluebell, Edelweiss, Swenson Red

Raspberries: Heritage, Autumn Britten, Caroline

Kiwi: Issai Cultivars

Current: Consort, Redlake

Crabapples: Centennial, Chestnut


For more information on the ediable landscape, visit Rosalind Creasy's web site 


Thanks for reading. Happy Planting!



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