Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cake From a Special Lady For a Special Lady

I have a special book which is full of my special recipes.    Carefully cut out and saved -- some from pre-marriage days, others from my mothers and my aunts.    Some clipped from The Kansas City Star and others from magazines over the years.     Most are tried and true recipes -- not just clippings -- and many of them were garnered at pot lucks over the years when I tasted something so good that I just had to have the recipe and I'd ask around the (office)(church)(meeting) until I found the person who brought it and would pester them until they gave it to me!

Once I acquired the recipe, I made it at Linderhof . . . and sometimes quite often.    These are my "go to" recipes often when I want to make something that I know will be good.   Not only good but a crowd pleaser as well.

A long time ago, when I was the newbie in my office, we had a Christmas potluck.    There was a delightful cake and I couldn't rest until I found out who brought it and got the recipe for it!

It was the lady down the hall . . . and when I asked, she brought me a typed index card . . .

In early marriage, I had a box and recipe cards (didn't everyone) but I've since graduated to  a three ring binder and tape the recipes in -- straight as I cut them out of the magazines.    My old "card files" were also taped onto the pages of my binder -- as I originally wrote them.

With the recipe on it.    She then told me the icing.    Which I wrote on one of my recipe cards and since the card said "from the kitchen of". . . I wrote her name.

It was a cake we enjoyed a lot in early married years.    And every time I made it, I always thought of the lady who gave me the recipe.

And a couple of weeks ago, Shirley Ann and I got to celebrate the 100th birthday of the "cake lady"!     I told her how much I enjoyed her oatmeal cake and that I always thought of her when I made it.

Her reply, "I'd like a piece"!!!!

It makes an 8 inch square cake -- but often old recipes do.

And so the following week, I made a cake . . . and I didn't take her a piece but the whole cake!

Shirley Ann and I shared the cake with her and what was left we left with her.    So she could enjoy it for dinner than evening and perhaps with coffee the next morning.

The cake is good but the "frosting" makes the cake.

It's a good cake.   A moist cake.     And I was so glad that she shared her recipe with me all those years ago.

Thelma at her home with her cake!

Besides sharing cake, we had a nice visit.    We talked a lot about the "good old days" at work, about how every summer for many years, I'd come out to her farm and her husband would have bushels of fresh picked sweet corn for me to load and take home to freeze for the winter and about the big sack of plums that she gave me one year because she didn't have time to mess with them and they were the best jelly I ever made -- I was so sorry to empty the last of the jars.

I promised I'd be back and I will and next time I will bring another cake . . . and we  can share cake and conversation once again.


Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely story, Martha. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

Pondside said...

I love this story. How wonderful that you could celebrate the 100th birthday of your special Cake Lady!

Rose H (UK) said...

Lovely cake and a lovely lady! How wonderful that you can share your cake made with her recipe and time with such a lovely lady - Thelma looks marvelous for 100!

Anonymous said...

An absolutely wonderful story Martha!!

The cake looks so good and what memories it brings!

william said...

Martha, this is absolutely darling, darling, darling!


Gwen said...

Oh what a lovely story!! It brought tears to my eyes!!

The Sewing and Knitting Loft said...

Oatmeal cake.....I was sure I was the only one who still made it! My recipe came from my grandmother, who got it from her mother-in-law. It is a good cake, moist and flavorful, and I use whole oats, so tell myself it is actually healthy. :)


Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Martha, what a special birthday for Thelma! In many ways.
How lovely to share her celebration and to bring her the special cake that she used to make.

I'm about ready to cry, here. Oy ... hormones? :-P

I wish I were still baking! That cake looks fabulous. Sigh ....

Good luck in finding the old(er) chairs for Linderhof. I still haven't found the right chairs for our DR ... I'm using 3 different styles, and woods right now. Not a great look!

But I keep looking, and like you, I am getting much pickier.

It comes with wisdom, right? :-)

mecookin said...

Love the background of your recipe and sharing it with Thelma! BTW, I have made this cake and it is delicious.
I also relate recipes to people...friends, family, occasions and feel that makes them a part of me!