Mr. Nicholas turned 15 today and just like Alex he insisted on picking out a new recipe for his birthday cake. I ran by the store at lunch today to pick up the unique ingredients to make him a Chocolate Applesauce Cake. I will admit that I was a little skeptical about the combination of ingredients but the cake was a huge success. The cake is very moist and actually pretty quick to whip up.
Since returning home I am now working on Pineapple Delight Cookies. To our horror when we came home from camping yesterday we realized that new neighbors had moved in next door. I only say horror because we looked and smelled pretty grungy and I was too tired to bake after all that packing and unpacking of the camper and cars. I just had the first batch of 9 cookies come out of the oven and have enough dough to bake that this may be a late evening for me. I just can’t go over to meet the new neighbors empty handed.
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups buttermilk baking mix
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a bunt baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, sweetened condensed milk, butter or margarine, eggs, melted chocolate, and vanilla extract. Add the baking mix and cinnamon, and mix well. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Frost when cool.