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 . . .
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.
What a lovely story, Martha. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary
I love this story. How wonderful that you could celebrate the 100th birthday of your special Cake Lady!
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!
An absolutely wonderful story Martha!!
The cake looks so good and what memories it brings!
Martha, this is absolutely darling, darling, darling!
Oh what a lovely story!! It brought tears to my eyes!!
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. :)
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? :-)
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!
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