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Hillbilly chocolate applesauce cake



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  • 3/4 cup butter or 3/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2-2 cups sugar (I used 1.5C, and it's not super sweet. I think 2C would very good)
  • 2 medium eggs or 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I reconsitituted dried buttermilk)
  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • Your choice of icing or frosting.


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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a 9x13 baking dish.

With a mixer or whisk, combine sugar and melted butter.

Add eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well until creamy.

Beat in applesauce and buttermilk/yogurt/sour milk.

Add salt, baking soda, cocoa, and flour. I sifted all of the dried ingredients onto parchment paper, then added it slowly to my mixer while it was stirring. This helped inhibit clumps from forming. Otherwise, mix it for a couple of minutes to make it smooth (200 strokes if mixing it by hand).

Pour batter into oiled baking dish. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool before spreading icing on top.

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