Thanksgiving Apple-Raisin Cake

Feature Recipe November 2004

From the recipes of Martha Shetler Leederman
A Thanksgiving Favorite
Perhaps more than any other holiday, Thanksgiving celebrates food. It was, after all, created to give thanks for the bounty that sustained the American colonists. That’s why our fondest food memories and traditions are associated with this holiday meal.
For our forefathers, puddings, pies and cakes were trademark desserts. They were often made with the spices settlers brought from Europe, because they knew these exotic prized flavorings weren’t available in their new home.
Amazing Apple Raisin Cake is reminiscent of those cakes that were served many years ago, but the recipe has been streamlined for today. The flavor of the apple-raisin cake is sure to evoke nostalgia.

Thanksgiving Apple-Raisin Cake
3 cups unsifted flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup real mayonnaise
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons soda
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups chopped peeled apples
1 cup seedless raisins
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Grease and flour 2 (9″) round baking pans. In large bowl with mixer at low speed beat first 10 ingredients 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently or beat vigorously 300 strokes by hand. (Batter will be very thick) With spoon stir in apples, raisins and nuts. Spoon batter into pans. Bake in 350degree oven 45 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove, cool. Fill and frost with 2 cups whipped cream.