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Rosy Apple Cake Recipe Discovery

I have a sizable tried-and-true cookie recipe file, but I am always eager to discover new ones. Who doesn't love cookies?

Rosy Apple Cake

Rosy Apple Cake

Recipe Box Cake

This rosy apple cake recipe had my paternal grandmother's name on it. The handwritten recipe was on a sheet of stationery from The Sands Motel in Bridgeton, Missouri, that probably dates back 60 years or more. At that time, my grandparents' primary home was in Wisconsin, but during the winters they used to travel south. Generally, they went to Florida for many months during the coldest part of the winter.

While traveling, she must have eaten this dessert and asked for the recipe. I can think of no other explanation why the note is on motel stationery. The fact of it staying on that folded sheet and being in my mother's recipe box fascinates me. In addition to finding the recipe on motel stationery, I found a postcard online with more information about the owners of the motel.

The information about the postcard (that you can see below) reads as follows:

"Billed as "The Finest Motel in St Louis County," The Sands at 4630 Lindbergh was owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lammers in 1960. The complex had 50 units when this view was taken. It grew into the Henry VIII Hotel and Conference Center with 155 rooms and 190 suites. It was all torn down for the new runway in 2001."

Making the Recipe

I was curious when reading the recipe and decided to find out how it tastes. It turned out to be tasty and delicious. Calling it a cake, however, is a bit of a misnomer. The result is thin and a bit chewy. The raspberry flavor is predominant, so anyone who likes that taste should appreciate this recipe. The apples serve more to add moisture and act as a binder for the rest of the ingredients.

I used graham cracker crumbs for the crust but can appreciate what other types of cookie crumbs could do to alter the flavor. I think that chocolate cookie crumbs, as an example, would be delicious!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

30 min

40 min

12 slices


For the crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the filling:

  • 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 package raspberry jello

For the streusel topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. Blend the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and sugar.
  2. When combined, spread into an 8" by 12" (or similar-sized pan) that is greased with butter or sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange the sliced apples over the crumb mixture.
  4. Sprinkle the raspberry gelatin evenly over the apple slices.
  5. Combine the sugar, flour, and butter for the streusel topping, and spread evenly over the rest of the ingredients in the baking pan.
  6. Bake in a preheated 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes.
  7. When out of the oven and at room temperature, cut into squares. Optional: Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Remember, no matter what life throws at us, we can always bake a cake!

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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