Monday, January 7, 2013

Raisin Walnut Snack Cake

I am a big fan of raisins, especially in baked goods. And who does not like a snack cake? Snack Cakes are good keepers, pack well in lunches and don't need a frosting. However they can certainly be dressed up with a scoop of ice cream for those times you need something just a bit "more". And those times do come around, especially after a long day.

But this snack cake is also perfect as is, seriously! Dense but not heavy, a nice balance of spice in the applesauce batter, those raisins bathed in a little whiskey bath don't hurt either! Then we can talk about the toasted walnuts, yep this is good cake!

Raisin and Walnut Snack Cake
adapted from:  Vintage Kitchen
Makes a 9X13 cake

1 - 2 T whiskey or Burbon
enough water to measure 1/3 c
2 c raisins

Measure whiskey into the bottom of a 1/3 c measure, add water until full. Pour into medium sauce pan, add raisin. Bring to a boil, stir well. Cover pan, turn off heat and let raisin sit on the warm burner until cool to the touch.  When ready...

2 c flour OR 1 c all purpose flour and 1 c whole wheat flour
1 T cornstarch
2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
a few grating of fresh nutmeg or 1/8 t ground
1/2 t salt
1 T cocoa

Whisk together all dry ingredients. Set aside.

1/2 c soft butter
1 c sugar OR 1/2 c sugar and 1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c applesauce

2 c walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse.

Beat butter until creamy, beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients to the bowl, mix in 1 c of the applesauce. Add remaining applesauce and the raisins (including any leftover liquid), mixing well. By hand stir in the walnuts. Pour into prepared pan. Bake  40-50 minutes or until done in your oven.

If desire, sift powdered sugar over the top.

Recipe rating:  Oh Yes! (will make again)

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kitchen flavours said...

This looks wonderful. I love raisins in bakes, especially after they have been plumped up with some liquor, really yummy! This snack cake is perfect for snacking, anytime of the day! Thanks for sharing, Melynda!

Laurie said...

oh my gosh this is lovely, yummo!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh that looks nutty and spicy (in a good way) and just slap your momma delicious!

The 21st Century Housewife© said...

I love snack cakes, and this one sound particularly good. Liquor soaked raisins are always a good idea :) Thank you for sharing this post with The Gallery of Favorites.