What is an easy cake recipe for beginners?

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Answered by: Stephanie, An Expert in the Best Recipes Category
Some of my fondest memories as a child involved indulging in my mother’s homemade baked creations. My brothers and I devoured every cake, cookie, and pie that cooled on top of the stove. We RARELY ate store-bought cakes; to do that was considered blasphemy. To this day, I still prefer homemade baked goods to store-bought any day. Only when I am feeling particularly lazy will I dare to bring store-bought baked goods into my home, and that’s not often. I consider this to be an easy cake recipe because I was able to make this cake in no time and I don’t like spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

As much as I loved my mother’s cakes, I hated raisins and walnuts. That’s right, I said it! Whenever she made this cake, I would remove the walnuts and raisins from my slice of cake and then eat it. Of course, I would get “the look” from my mother when I did it. If you like, you can omit the raisins and walnuts from this recipe. Don’t worry, I won’t give you “the look”. I’ll think of you as a fellow rebel, following your heart (and taste buds) to whereever they lead you. Speaking of taste buds, yours will thank you for introducing them to this cake. Once you see that this is truly an easy cake recipe, you’ll want to make it again and again.

You could share this cake with your friends, or you could keep it to yourself. You may want to rethink keeping this cake all to yourself. Karma has a way of smacking you upside the head. Your friends will know that something’s up when you can no longer fit through the doorway, but that’s between you, your friends, and your hips. It’s better to sit around with your friends eating cake, sipping your favorite beverage, and trashing the latest “How to Get Away With Murder” episode. Enjoy!

Applesauce Raisin Cake


1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/3 cup shortening or vegetable oil

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

2 ¼ cups flour

1 ¼ teaspoons nutmeg

2 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon

¾ teaspoon salt

2 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

2 cups applesauce

2 tablespoons light or dark corn syrup

¼ cup raisins (optional)*

¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)*


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking soda together into a large bowl. Add butter/margarine, shortening/vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, applesauce, corn syrup. Stir wet and dry ingredients together until they are well mixed.

*For you traditionalists!: Add the raisins and chopped walnuts to the batter. Stir the batter, walnuts, and raisins until they are well blended.

Pour batter into 9in. x 2in. x 12in. (or 13in.) greased pan.

Bake cake 35 – 40 minutes. Make sure that the cake is thoroughly baked by inserting and removing a toothpick or knife into the center of the cake. The toothpick or knife will comes out clean if the cake is done. If the cake isn’t done, return it to the oven for another 5 – 10 minutes, keeping a close eye (and nose) on it, as oven temperatures can vary. Let the cake cool for about an hour before serving. Cut into squares. You can serve this cake by itself, or you can serve it with whipped cream or ice cream (store-bought or homemade, your choice).

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