About this recipe: These treats are extremely moist and delicious. They are made with baby food! If you find that a little too unusual, you can use apple sauce or other fruit purees.
I've been making this recipe for years, given to me by my husband's favorite aunt when I was a new bride. Her recipe calls for using a 17" X 11" jelly roll pan, which makes them more "bar-like." I have found that cutting back on the oil helps the texture to be less heavy. I use only 1-1/4 cup, and the rest is never missed. Also have varied the type of baby food, sometimes using sweet potatoes in place of the carrots, and peaches in place of the apricots, pears in place of applesauce, or even plums. They all make only subtle differences in flavor. Virtually any fruit or root vegetable baby food can be used successfully. You can even use plums for all 3 jars and make a delicious autumn plum cake, baked in a bundt pan (usually takes around 45-55 minutes at 350 degrees) and then glaze it. The variations are quite endless. I always frost with a cream cheese frosting, which makes a good thing even better. In fact, to us, the cream cheese frosting is a must-do. Any way you make them and serve them, they never fail to draw rave reviews. Have copies of this recipe handy, because you're going to get lots of requests! - 05 Oct 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Easy but mediocre. I made it because it sounded interesting, since I've never used baby foods in a cake as ingredients. However, it's just like a carrot or spice cake, nothing memorable or special. - 17 Sep 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Even though I am the one who submitted this recipe, I have to rate it. This is a family favorite. I have to make two batches when I make them. I do ahve a note to add to this recipe though; I submitted the wrong size pan: should be a jelly roll pan. - 05 Jan 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)