National Applesauce Cake Day

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When Celebrated

Always on June 6th


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About the Holiday

National Applesauce Cake Day is a day to enjoy a cake that uses applesauce as its main flavoring. These cakes are most traditionally made as a Bundt cake, but they can also be made as cupcakes for convenient single servings.

The origins and history of this holiday are elusive, though, there is widespread agreement found on the Internet of this holiday being celebrated on June 6th. In fact, there is actually a National Applesauce Cake Day Society Facebook page.

Whereas applesauce dates back to the middle ages, applesauce cake is thought to have it's origins in the early 1900s. During World War I, applesauce cakes were promoted to be patriotic as they used less butter, sugar and eggs. By the end of the century, they were touted as a more healthy alternative to traditional cake as the applesauce could be substituted for shortening in some sturdy butter cakes.[1]

Gift Guidelines

  • Applesauce cake
  • Cake cookbook
  • A collection of applesauce cake recipes
  • Bundt or cupcake pan

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  1. Food Timeline FAQs: cakes and site included reference to American Century Cookbook: The Most Popular Recipes of the 20th Century, Jean Anderson [Clarkson Potter:New York] 1997 (p. 436)

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