Old-Fashioned Bake Sale ~ Grandma's Apple Butter Cake & Welcome Home Brands & A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A few weeks ago I was at the mall with #1 daughter. We strolled through Auntie Em's. I LOVE going in there but found an unexpected treat on that day -- Paper Bakeware from WELCOME HOME BRANDS. I purchased some of the little loaves and muffin tops and brought them home and used them almost right away. Oh, I just loved not only the convenience of the product BUT how lovely my baked goodies looked in these sweet papers. I found the company webpage and sent them an email asking for (read that UNASHAMEDLY BEGGING for) some more of their wonderful product for review AND giveaway to my lovely readers. They quickly sent me out a sampling of their wonderful products and something special for the giveaway. All I can say, is you gotta get yourself some for fall and holiday baking -- they are perfect for your baking that is intended for gift giving and of course they'd be PERFECT for bake sale goodies! Very convenient....no pans to prepare or clean up after......keeps the messies out of baking. Thank you WELCOME HOME BRANDS! Wonderful, wonderful products!! If there is not a retailer in your area that sells these great products, they are available at Amazon.

My Grandma Mae was a BAKER EXTRAORDINAIRE! Her specialty was cakes. I remember people always commenting on how she made the BEST cakes. One of her specialties was what she called Applesauce Cake -- it was always my Mom's favorite cake. I don't have Grandma's actual recipe since ALL of her recipes were in her head but I've made my own version that Mom says it is just about as good. Mom and I both know Grandma's secret ingredient -- APPLE BUTTER!!

Grandma Mae’s Apple Butter Cake
(Printable Version)

1 pkg yellow cake mix (without pudding in the mix)
1 pkg (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 cup apple butter
1 stick butter, melted
¼ c water
2-3 tsp apple pie spice (see recipe below)
1 cup pecans, toasted (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 10-inch tube pan with nonstick cooking spray. Beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, apple butter, water, melted butter, nuts and spice in large bowl with electric mixer at low speed 1 minute. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended and fluffy. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 20 minutes. Run sharp knife along edge of pan to release cake from pan; invert cake onto serving plate. Cool completely.
I have baked this cake in layers (if you remember last year when I made my Mom & Dad’s 50th Anniversary Cake – it was THIS cake) and in loaves. It is very versatile – you will have to adjust the baking time accordingly. To serve, you can simply sprinkle with powdered sugar, dollop with fresh whipped cream, ice or glaze with a simple glaze or vanilla buttercreme BUT my favorite is icing it with cream cheese frosting Y-U-M!!!

Apple Pie Spice
(Printable Version)

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground allspice
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

Pumpkin Pie Spice
(Printable Version)

1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

Combine all ingredients for desired mix and blend well. Store in a small, airtight container. Feel free to experiment with amounts to get a blend that works for you.

So, now the important stuff, GIVEAWAY TIME!! This is a celebration giveaway. What are we celebrating? -- well, let's see -- August is the 2 Year Anniversary of Faithfulness Farm -- 300 Posts (okay, I am at 298 posts but close enough, lol) -- and MOST IMPORTANTLY, My LOVE of BAKING!!

Here are the details of the Old-Fashioned Bake Sale Giveaway -- it includes 2 packages of WELCOME HOME BRANDS products, a Faithfulness Farm Vintage-Inspired Apron and Set of Embellished Dish Towels, a little mason jar of both the Apple Pie & Pumpkin Pie spice mixes and The Bake Sale Cookbook (isn't that just perfect). You have 3 EASY opportunities to enter -- 1. Comment on this post (remember to leave a email address so I can contact you), 2. Follow Faithfulness Farm Blog (let me know in a separate comment that you follow) AND 3. Blog about Old-Fashioned Bake Sales and this giveaway (let me know that in separate comment too). We'll have a drawing of all the entries and announce the winner on LABOR DAY September 5th!


Editing to participate in my dear friend Yvonne's On The Menu Monday Party!!

146 comments:

  1. How neat, I'd love to win this, those dish towels will match my kitchen! :) I'm also a follower! :)

  1. Grandma's Cake sounds so good and such a fun and generous give-away Gail! The baking papers are a great idea with the holidays coming up:@)

  1. I'm a follower and I added you to my sidebar:@)

  1. Deb said...:

    Oooh, I cannot wait to try this apple butter cake recipe! Sounds delicious! Thanks so much for the post.

  1. Deb said...:

    I'm already a follower! debgiro at wildblue dot net

  1. Denise said...:

    What a wonderful giveaway! And Grandma's cake sounds scrumptious!

  1. Denise said...:

    I'm already a follower!

  1. Denise said...:

    And I blogged about your giveaway.

    nittinfool.blogspot.com

  1. Hi Gail,
    Apple butter is a big deal around these parts but I never thought to put it into a cake. I must try this. Please put my name in the hat for the giveaway.
    Please stop by and have a look at my GIVEAWAY. I would love to have you enter.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  1. Oh yes, of course I am a follower of yours.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    What a sweet giveaway!
    The cake looks wonderful.
    I will go check out their website.
    I am a follower.
    I'll come back and tell you when I blog abut your give away!
    Thanks, Gail!

  1. Tina said...:

    Hey Gail! I can't wait to make this cake. I love Apple Butter! Thanks for the spice recipes too.. I'll be needing those soon!

    I blogged about you today on my cooking blog...been wanting to for a bit, but then realized that today was the perfect day!

    Have a VERY Blessed day my friend!

  1. Lori said...:

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this giveaway! Such great stuff! Thanks for the chance to win. Blessings!
    Lori wifeofcop83@yahoo.com

  1. Lori said...:

    I am a follower of yours!

  1. loretta said...:

    This is a cake I will make when fall comes. That and the cooler weather gives me something to look forward to.

    Loretta S.

  1. loretta said...:

    I also follow you on Facebook.

    Loretta S.

    eveningstar888@aol.com

  1. Lori said...:

    I blogged about your great giveaway over at http://lorishomeontheprairie.blogspot.com/2011/08/apple-butter-cake-and-giveaway.html

  1. Gail this cake looks so good! I can't wait to try it. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for letting me throw my name in the hat!

  1. I am already a follower of your wonderful blog!

  1. BumbleBeeLane said...:

    Definately need to make Gradma's Apple Butter Cake.Yummm.Would love a chance at the wonderful giveaway! Warm Blessings!~Amy
    Ps. My email is in my blog profile

  1. BumbleBeeLane said...:

    I'm a long time follower.

  1. Gert said...:

    Oh what a wonderful giveaway....I love to decorate my baking items for the seasons!

    Thank you dear friend!

    Blessings,
    Gert

  1. Gert said...:

    I am a 'faithful' follower!

    Blessings
    Gert,

  1. Donna said...:

    I am a follower of your blog.
    I would love, love, love to win this giveaway!!

  1. Donna said...:

    The cake sounds wonderful!!
    Thanks for the extra entry.

  1. Remembrances said...:

    Awesome post! I love the review of the Welcome Home products - I am definitely going to get some for our church bake sale. And the recipe looks YUMMY! Karin - khsds2 at yahoo dot com

  1. Remembrances said...:

    I am a follower!

    Karin - khsds2 at yahoo dot com

  1. Gert said...:

    I just posted your giveaway on my blog!

    Blessings...
    Gert

  1. Wow what a fabulous giveaway! Thanks!

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

  1. I posted your giveaway on my blog! Now to gather up those ingredients and bake that cake!

  1. I follow you on my blog roll ;-)

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

  1. beforethedawn said...:

    Oh your post is making hungry! I always loved when my great grandma baked. My favorite though was every year she made me an angel food cake for my birthday. I was special! hehe. She made the best waffles and the best stew too.

    Great giveaway, I would love to enter!!

    Blessings, Jessica
    (email in profile)

  1. beforethedawn said...:

    I am a Faithfulness Farm follower. :) Love your posts!

    Blessings, Jessica
    (email in profile)

  1. I think it's great that the two of us (Gail @ Faithfulness Farm and Gayle @ Garden of Daisies ) are having our giveaways at the same time! Yours looks wonderful!! So please enter me!

  1. Sue D said...:

    What a wonderful giveaway--I love to bake too!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  1. Sue D said...:

    I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  1. Pen Pen said...:

    I stumbled upon your blog through Garden of Daisies... I am now a follower.

  1. Pen Pen said...:

    What a sweet giveaway... I've never heard of these products, but they sound lovely! I really love that embroidered towel!

  1. Denva said...:

    Hi...I have been enjoying your site for a short time and it is a blessing to me! Thank you for making this a special place to visit!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    What a great giveaway, please put my name in the hat for the prizes. I love your blog and all the wonderful recipes you share. I love to bake also.

    Mary L

  1. Sharon said...:

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks for hosting this sweet giveaway and thank you for sharing Grandma Mae's Apple Butter Cake recipe. I cannot wait to try it :)

    ~Sharon

  1. Sharon said...:

    And I'm a follower :)

    ~Sharon

  1. Sharon said...:

    And I have a giveaway post scheduled for tomorrow on my blog :) Thanks again Gail :)

    Have a blessed evening!

    ~Sharon

  1. ButterYum said...:

    What a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. I don't share my personal email, but you can contact me via my blog if I happen to win.

    :)
    ButterYum
    PS - thanks for highlighting the baking products by Welcome Home Brands... I'm on my way to amazon to check them out.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Been following and will keep following!
    farmgirljo53-homestead at yahoo dot com

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    Lovely giveaway ~ I would love to be entered.
    Grandma's are wonderful at baking withoug a recipe, aren't they! I have tried for years to replicate some of my grandma's goodies, but I'm afraid it is to no avail! My grandma had a Victorian applesauce cake that I love ~ one of the very few recipes of hers that I found!

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    I am a follower! :~P

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    Putting your giveaway on my Pantry blog sidebar!

  1. That cake will be made soon. Looks so yummy. I love the giveaway items, especially that gorgeous red and white apron. I'm pretty sure it has my name on it. ;~)

  1. I am a happy follower. Congrats on all your post. I have enjoyed each one.

  1. Grandma's Cake does look delicious. Wonderful giveaway, Gail, and perfect timing!

  1. I've been getting your posts by email but am now officially a follower :)

  1. suburban prep said...:

    What an absolutely darling giveaway. The recipes look grand and I will be trying them.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  1. Mandie said...:

    The cake looks wonderful! And I love apple butter!!! Thank you for the chance to win such great prizes :-)

  1. Mandie said...:

    I am a follower :-)

  1. LeAnn said...:

    Thanks you for the link to Home brand and the recipes look yummy. I had an Aunt that made a chocolate cake for me for my birthday for many years. It was so good. I don't have the recipe; but I do know that she used fresh cream from the top of the fresh milk from the cows.
    Blessings to you and keep on enjoying your moments.

  1. Chrissy said...:

    These paper products look amazing. I love that they have a paper angel food cake pan.

    Your Apple Butter cake sounds as lovely as ever!!!

    fawnzy_grey@yahoo.com

  1. Chrissy said...:

    I am a follower of Faithfulness Farm!

    fawnzy_grey@yahoo.com

  1. Laurie said...:

    Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win this -- it would sure make for a sweet return to "baking weather"! Thank you for the chance!

  1. Judy said...:

    That cake looks DELICIOUS!! would love to win! eju87@hotmail dot com

  1. Julian said...:

    oh! Thasts sooo cute!!! PLEASE add me to your generous giveaway! Thanks! christinsg35@sbcglobal.net

  1. Julian said...:

    I have been following your blog for a month, and I love everything about it! Thanks for the generous giveaway!
    christinag35@sbcglobal.net

  1. Donna said...:

    Yum! That cake looks great. I love the cake paper. So cute!

    something frugal at yahoo dot ocm

  1. Lindsay said...:

    That cake sounds amazing! Now I want to bake something!

    kieffelm514{at}gmail{dot}com

  1. Lindsay said...:

    I follow FF via GFC :)

    kieffelm514{at}gmail{dot}com

  1. Carra said...:

    How fun what a great giveaway!!!
    Thanks so much for inspering me to bake tomorrow!
    I think I'm going to try your cake. We just made apple butter!

    Blessings,
    Carra

    carralenee@yahoo.com

    jonncarramoorman.blogspot.com

  1. Carra said...:

    I'm a follower and so glad that I am!

    carralenee@yahoo.com

    jonncarramoorman.blogspot.com

  1. Carra said...:

    I blogged, here's the addy!

    http://jonncarramoorman.blogspot.com/2011/08/faithfulness-farm-old-fashioned-bake.html

    carralenee@yahoo.com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    that cake looks so delicious! what a nice giveaway
    vickie
    vmorgan456@yahoo.com

  1. Shug said...:

    The old recipes from our grandmothers are really the best there is...You just can't beat them....

    August is really a great month....Happy anniversary for your 300 blog post...August is my birthday month, so I think it's GREAT....
    I am looking forward to making this cake and I can't wait for this give-away to arrive at my door step!!!!

    Have a great weekend..

    shug

  1. Shug said...:

    Oh.....BTW...did I mention that I am a follower. I follow almost every single day...hugs to you!
    Shug

  1. Ella said...:

    Here's my comment!

    Ella

    ellagunter@ymail.com

  1. Ella said...:

    I follow your blog.

    Ella
    ellagunter@ymail.com

  1. Always Nesting said...:

    Since I'm a red freak I just have to enter this giveaway!! Love the prizes. The apple butter cake recipe sounds delicious. Wow, I can't remember the last time I had apple butter.

  1. luckymom said...:

    I just found your blog. What an awesome generous giveaway. I definitely would love to win this. Thanks for the chance
    luckymom5583@gmail.com

  1. luckymom said...:

    I am now a follower of your blog.

  1. Always Nesting said...:

    I added your giveaway to my sidebar Chit Chat AND posted on my Facebook. :)

  1. AWW... I wanna win! Love the cake recipe. I have everything here to make it for Sunday Dessert!

  1. I already follow your blog and as son as I figure out how to link this I will put it on my blog!

  1. I blogged about you! I tried to link it but I don't know what I'm doing so I don't know what happened!
    www.farmgirlintraining.blogspot.com

  1. Natasha said...:

    What A lovely give away, I would love to be entered and am going to become a follower. Perfect recipies for fall-thanks! Beautiful apron.

  1. kim said...:

    I ADORE this give-away! Love the vintage look and it will match my kitchen!!

  1. kim said...:

    I am a follower!!!

  1. Kimberly said...:

    And I blogged about it here:
    http://throughethelseyes.blogspot.com/2011/08/give-away.html

  1. bj said...:

    Well, dear heart, I am about to have a run away for this awesome giveaway. Everything in it is wonderful but that cute apron...makes my heart skip a beat. I am pretty sure that I could make a SUCCESSFUL, beautiful Apple Butter Cake if I had that apron on, a string of pearls around my neck and your printable (thanks for that) recipe beside me. :)
    I am going to make this cake for my son in law..he loves apple cake, apple sauce..apple butter...he will LUV his mother in law if I bake this cake for him. :))

  1. bj said...:

    I am a happy follower...:)

  1. bj said...:

    I am taking your giveaway to my sidebar..:)
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  1. ProjectHope7 said...:

    Am a follower on GFC!
    Cathy B
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  1. ProjectHope7 said...:

    My pc keeps crashing so if you could let me know if my 2 comments came through I would appreciate it.... thanks so much for a wonderful giveaway.. and i want to add that if by some miracle I won this giveaway, I will have have you "pay it forward" with the apron to BJ..since she has the blog that I was referred from!
    Cathy B
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com
    http://operationblessingbrigade.blogspot.com
    http://palmbreezeliving.blogspot.com
    http://insearchofthebest.blogspot.com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Wow! What a fun give-away and the cake looks so yummy! Please enter me for a chance to win.
    Smiles, DianeM :)
    basketblessed@yahoo.com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Hello Again - Chance #2 for the generous give-away (thank you), I am a follower.
    Smiles, DianeM :)
    basketblessed@yahoo.com

  1. kitty said...:

    The cake sounds delicious & perfect for Fall. I'd love to win the wonderful give-away!

  1. kitty said...:

    I'm also a Follower!!

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    My apologies! I could not believe my eyes when I realized that I was no t already following you! But I have corrected that! I am a friend and follower!

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    Your Apple Butter cake sounds absolutely mouth-watering!

  1. Barb J. said...:

    I'm going to have to try this recipe for our next church get-together!

  1. Barb J. said...:

    I am now following your blog! BTW, I found you via MaryJanesFarm!

  1. Pat Mofjeld said...:

    I have a lot of jars of apple butter left over from last fall so am going to try your grandma's applesauce cake. It sounds good!

  1. Carol said...:

    Grandma's cake sounds so good!
    Please count me in for the giveaway.
    Carol

  1. Carol said...:

    I'm a long time follower :)

    Carol

  1. Ooh, applesauce cake was my grandmother's signature cake, too. I think I need to head to the kitchen now!

  1. I do love to bake and your giveaway is fab!

  1. Gail, I noticed the cake paper right away! It dresses up your delicious cake. Thanks for the chance to win. You know I a a faithful follower!
    Thanks for sharing this and your beautiful cake ON THE MENU MONDAY.
    Yvonne

  1. Annesphamily said...:

    I will post a button!

  1. Annesphamily said...:

    Apple Butter Cake! Oh Yum! I love the red! Great giveaway! Count me in! Anne

  1. Mrs. H. said...:

    Oh please enter me in this giveaway! I would love to win! Thanks for stopping by and telling me about it. :-)

  1. MamaMonki said...:

    I'd love to win your giveaway, but I already feel like a winner because I'm going to be making that yummy looking cake! beckymonki@gmail.com

  1. MamaMonki said...:

    I'm your newest follower! Love your header and your blog name. beckymonki@gmail.com

  1. I'm a follower of your wonderful blog! I love all your recipes and ideas!!
    patti

  1. I would love to enter your old-fashioned bake sale giveaway....
    patti

  1. I will post your giveaway on my blog too. The apple butter cake sounds soooo delicious. Bake sales are great ways to fundraise; especially for our Nurse's club!
    patti

  1. I stumbled upon your Blog and I am your newest Follower!
    I LOVE your header picture.
    You have some awesome recipes.
    Please enter me in your giveaway!



    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

  1. I posted your Giveaway on my sidebar!
    Thanks for the chance!


    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

  1. Wanderer said...:

    I'd love to win this giveaway! I'd like to try the paper baking pans and I'm always a sucker for aprons and tea towels! Thanks for doing this!

  1. Wanderer said...:

    I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll join me for Applemania @ The Woodwife's Journal later this month and link up some of your apple recipes!

  1. CeeJay said...:

    Hi Gail,
    I love your blogspot and yup . . .I'm gonna be a follower. Thanks for the opportunity
    CJ

  1. CeeJay said...:

    Old-Fashioned Bake Sales . . have done many! What I liked about them was you could actually sell and serve a piece of pie or a cupcake or a cookie without worrying about the monitoring of regulating agences who decided you couldn't do that. But, also that there was some REAL baking taking place in kitchens for these events. And, the actual sale was a community social event!!!

  1. CeeJay said...:

    WOW!! What a beautiful giveaway! I'd love to be the priviledged winner! And, the cake . . . oh my goodness! Stunning and I'll bet is decadently yummy!!! Thanks for this opportunity.
    ceejayarm@yahoo.com
    CJ

  1. I am a new follower and you are on my sidebar..I look forward to getting to know you..I would love to be entered in your giveaway...red is my color and your recipes look scrumptious.;) have a wonderful weekend.;0)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I ran across your blog just now. Your grandma's cake really looks good. I'll have to try it. I like the sound of your giveaway, and would love to win it.

    Jennie
    jlpegram@vcu.edu

  1. linda said...:

    I would love to win this giveaway! The apron especially strikes me. I have just recently found your blog and signed up for posts by email. Thank you for all you do

  1. luckymom said...:

    I just love those dishtowels. Reminds me of my visits on my grandmas farm as a child. Thanks for the chance.
    luckymom5583@gmail.com

  1. luckymom said...:

    I am a follower of your blog

  1. Mary K. said...:

    What great recipes you gave to us.
    Please enter me in your contest.
    The "Old Fashioned Bake Sale" sounds like something we do to raise money for our church and for
    the Cal Ripken baseball teams as they go to State Championship. It is always such a treat to let your eyes wander over the tables and see what you can get.
    Thank you for Faithfulness Farm, too.

  1. Joy said...:

    I would love to win, all the gifts are delightful. I just found Faithfulness Farm, and am loving all the rcipes.

  1. Happy blogiversary. Wonderful recipes, thank you so much. Clarice

  1. Debbie Kay said...:

    I am a very happy baker and I would love to win.....your blog is sooooo cute.

    Debbie Kay

  1. The cake looks wonderful and moist. What a fun giveaway! Joni

  1. The cake looks wonderful and moist. What a fun giveaway! Joni

  1. nancy huggins said...:

    This is my comment to be entered in your wonderful give away. My son is coming down to visit this Friday and he loves apple butter as much as I do so I will be making this for a treat for us. Thak you for this wonderful recipe and a chance to win your giveaway..you can go to my blog insidenanashead to email me if I win :)

  1. nancy huggins said...:

    I am now a follower and will be posting your blog addy in my favorite bloggers :)

  1. nancy huggins said...:

    I have posted a link on my right sidebar to your giveaway on my blog :)

  1. Denva said...:

    Hi...I am planning to make The Honey Bun cake for my family this morning...we have a church picnic tomorrow so i may make it for that also!!! Thank you!

  1. Jenn said...:

    I've been following for some time (even made one of your delicious recipes :) and really enjoy your blog. I will definitely have to try the cake with the apple butter AND the honeybun cake..that will probably happen today! Thank you for the giveaway, just in time for the start of the school.

    gemini8448@yahoo

  1. James-Linda said...:

    HI GAIL!
    I just found your special Blog!
    Happily following you!
    Thanks for sharing!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

  1. James-Linda said...:

    THIS CAKE SOUNDS SO YUMMY-I'LL BE TRYING FOR SURE! THANKS FOR THE NOTE ABOUT THESE BAKING PAPERS! THANKS FOR SUCH A SWEET GIVEAWAY!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

  1. Denva said...:

    Hi! The honey bun cake was very good! I also wanted to let you know Twila Paris has been a favorite singer of mine for a long time!!thanks!

  1. Libby said...:

    What an awesome giveaway! Loving the vintage look ;) I would love to win this!

  1. Libby said...:

    I am now a follower on GFC :)

    olivias@cookingwithlibby.com

  1. I'm your 801st follower! Laura Rhodes
    Sign me up-
    *I'll post about it thanks!

  1. I will make a post! Laura

  1. Sorry! I didn't look at the end date! Laura

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