Family Day at Purdue University brought us down to campus for a weekend of fun and football. When looking over recipes to serve on the tailgate table, this applesauce cake caught my eye. As many of you that frequently bake might testify, I rarely follow a recipe as it’s written. I am constantly checking my stash of leftovers to see how they can be transformed into deliciously satisfying baked goods. This week, I adapted an apple cake recipe that I found in an old community cookbook to create this moist, dense cake. I had made applesauce earlier in the week and I was looking for ways to use it up before having to freeze it. This cake fit the bill and everyone enjoyed its apple and cinnamon spiced flavor. The recipe is especially good with a cup of hot tea or coffee on a cool fall or winter day.
Applesauce Spice Cake
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups applesauce (chunky or homemade style)
1 cup canola oil
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray, with cooking spray, a 13×9 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, mix first six dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, oil, and eggs; mix well. Pour dry ingredients into applesauce mixture and combine until well blended. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle batter with oats and nuts. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Black and gold are the collegiate colors of Purdue University. In my family, the Boilermaker logo is near and dear to our hearts. Currently, we have three children attending the University. Whenever possible, we proudly wear the Boiler colors. Our closets and drawers are filled with black and gold sweatshirts, pants, jackets, and tops. Our cabinets are filled with Boilermaker plates, glasses, mugs, and platters. Over the years, we’ve purchased Purdue fleece blankets, sheets, and soft plush pillows to decorate dorm rooms.
While shopping last week, I spotted some great beads in the craft section of our local discount store and I thought it might be fun to glitz up my jewelry selection with a few black and gold bracelets for our next team event. I am certainly not a skilled jewelry maker so this project is incredibly quick and easy and you can use any combination of colors to tailor the bracelet to satisfy your needs. Elastic cord is used to assemble the bracelet so very few supplies are needed.
This is quite a simple and inexpensive project so next time you’re in the craft aisle, take a look at the bead selection. You might be quite pleased and surprised at the unique variety of colored beads you can assemble on a clear cord to recognize and celebrate your favorite team.
I’m lovin’ that black and gold… BOILER UP!
BOILER UP Bracelet
7″ clear stretch cord ( measure your wrist for a more exact measurement + 1″)
Assortment of colored beads (lots of shapes and sizes)
Clear gel Tacky Glue
Measure and cut a 7″ piece of clear stretch cord. Fold a piece of tape across one end of the cord (to keep beads from falling while assembling). Arrange beads, as desired and string them onto the clear cord. Test the length around your wrist so that beads are evenly dispersed and the cord is completely filled when stretched around wrist. Carefully, tie the bracelet with a double knot, securing beads. Place a small dot of tacky glue on the knot, covering knot completely, let dry. Tuck the knot under a bead to keep it hidden.