Created by: Nadine McKown, The Kell House Museum

Did you know that during World War I and II, certain food items were rationed? This was done so everyone could get a fair share of hard to come by items.

Applesauce cake was popular because it used very little sugar, fat, or flour – all rationed ingredients. Moist and sweet, it is still delicious today. It even has its own day – June 6th!


1⁄2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup chilled applesauce
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1⁄2 cup raisins
1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts


Cream butter or margarine with sugar. Add applesauce; beat well. Stir in flour, soda, and spices. Add nuts and raisins.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until done. Serve warm.

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier!