Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our oldest daughter baked an old family favorite on Sunday evening. With that and some good pizza, we celebrated our youngest daughter's birthday. The name of the cake is "Glorified Gingerbread Cake" and it comes from a cookbook that my grandma gave to her mother and two sisters Mabel and Grace, in 1957. In 1984 my grandma gave the cookbook to me. She had these details written in the first page of the book.

We had been making this cake for many years because it is one of all of our favorites. But, I have not made it for a few years and was happy to eat it again. We serve it topped with applesauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Either way it is so delicious!

It is a blessing when my daughters carry on some of the family traditions. It was fun seeing this cake come out of her oven. Once again we were reminded as to why we enjoy it as much as we do.

Just in case you ever need an old, simple, and delicious recipe, I will share it with you;

"Glorified Gingerbread Cake"

1/2 cup of shortening
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Sift flour; measure and add spices.
Rub fat into dry ingredients to make fine crumbs.(I use a fork and make the crumbs)
Take out 1/3 cup of crumbs to sprinkle over the top of cake.
To remaining crumbs add;
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of buttermilk
Beat until ingredients are well blended and batter is smooth.
Pour into greased, paper lined pan(I only spray with Pam).
Sprinkle with crumbs.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
This has a mild gingerbread taste. I serve it warm with applesauce and a scoop of ice cream.

How do you like the new, trendy hat she received from her two sisters? I think it looks good on her. A birthday gift from New York city.
It was a fun and busy evening. Our oldest daughter and son-in-law always offer warm hospitality and good food.


Jeane` said...

"Warm Hospitality" = at least 3 simultaneously crying children round the dinner table, food set on the table, and silverware laid in clumps in the middle of the table,IF the daughter remembers (usually after she sits down). Food is consumed at the speed of light and before you know what's happening, you're running out the back door...wondering if you actually ate anything. {But thank you for being so nice. That was benevolent of you! ;) I had NO idea that the cake recipe had such history!!! I wish I would have known...I would have worn an apron whilst baking it. And served it in something other than a Target Dollar Bin Barbie bowl. ;)

Rach said...

Oh my, the cake looks very yummy!

Cute hat!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

sounds and looks fabulous....

ajwatson722 said...

That is the best cake ever! I'm going to make it next time we have people over. Although it won't taste near as good without your homemade applesauce! And Happy Birthday to my little sis- wish I could have been there to celebrate!

Tracy said...

Sounds wonderful! Think I'm going to need to try that. What a great recipe for fall! Hope you are doing well my friend.


Happy@Home said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. She looks so cute in her new hat.
Your family members all seem to possess the gift of hospitality. The cake looks delish.

Miss Debbie said...

I was delighted to find that you had paid me a visit this morning! Your comments are always so sweet, kind and encouraging....I have missed them. I know you have had your hands full..... loving all those grands. I get to do that this weekend. My younger son and family are going with me to see other son and girls in TN. It will be fun!! :-)

Judy said...

I'm smiling at your oldest daughter's comments...too funny!

It looks like you had a wonderful time...great food...and a happy birthday celebration. Yes, the hat looks great on her!

And thanks for the recipe...which sounds wonderful.

Connie said...

You have been "BUSY"!!! I loved the post with your grandchildren playing in the much fun! Taking care of all FIVE grandbabies...priceless and such a blessing to your daughter. I bet you do have a renewed sense of her days now and know how to pray for her better.

Always love catching up with you! Connie

Terri said...

HA! Jeane's reaction to your compliment...priceless! The cake is literally making me drool on my pj's...I want a piece for breakfast! Thanks for the recipe!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy belated birthday to your daughter!

The gingerbread cake sounds so good! Thank you for the recipe, Judy!

Heather said...

I will definitely be trying this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!!! :)


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