My grandmother and mother made these cakes for years. They are moist but don't contain eggs. Applesauce is the secret ingredient. I sold these at bake sales for years and we had many customers who returned every year just to get one.
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings):
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 3 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1 pound candied mixed fruit
- 2 cups chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup walnut halves
- 1 cup halved candied cherries
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch tube pan and one 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl. Stir in the applesauce and oil, then mix in the raisins, dates, mixed fruit and 2 cups of walnuts. Pour into the prepared pans. Pans should be about 3/4 full if using mini pans, or an assortment.
Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean.