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June 6th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Bake up a scrumptious bit of history and enjoy a saucy start to the summer - June 6 is National Applesauce Cake Day.

This old-fashioned spice cake is a comforting summer snack with a patriotic past.  A traditional favorite that has graced American tables for decades, this moist cake has endured our history (and ingredient stand-ins) quite gracefully.

In the 1940s, sugar rations forced mothers to get creative in the kitchen to appease their kids.  Homemade applesauce, raisins, spices and nuts helped flavor the cake while a dusting of powdered sugar replaced traditional frosting.

Of course now, you can sweeten this cake up all you want.  If your kids are home for the summer,  applesauce cake is a fun way to get them in the kitchen - plus it makes for a great snack on the go.

And what better day than June 6, D-Day, to celebrate this cake that comforted so many families during WWII?

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  1. dom

    where is the recipe for the cake pictured above??
    both recipe links go to different cakes with icing. the whole point of this article is that they don't use frosting so where is that specific cake? it looks way tastier than the other two pictured.

    June 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  2. Jerv

    I'm betting that Kweenie makes a killer Applesauce Cake...

    June 6, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Truth@Jerv

      I would concur! I had that same thought earlier.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • RichardHead@Jerv

      Upside down while standing on her head. :))))

      June 6, 2011 at 11:40 am |
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