I had a great Friday and felt like doing something different. So, let’s bake a cake.
This is my favorite cake recipe. I call it Baby Food Cake but it’s real name is something boring like “spice cake”. I remember clearly making this many times growing up. It came from the Bell Cookbook which is my most favorite one. It is a regional Mississippi cookbook but it’s very much loved by my family. By the time I left home for college, Mom’s copy was broken into parts. She had three places to look for recipes:
- The parts of the Bell Cookbook
- A paper plate recipe holder that I made in elementary school
- Issues of Quick Cooking magazine. When I left home, I took this recipe and wrote it down and still use it now, 16 years later (holy cow, I’ve been out of high school 16 years???).
So, first, eggs and oil/applesauce. I used 1/2 cup of each and 3 eggs
Sift the dry ingredients-1 C of flour, 1/4 C of sugar, and spices-allspice, cinnamon, cloves.
Throw in Lola with the wet ingredients and add 2 t. of vanilla to mix.
Pour into greased pan. This pan was Mom’s. She gave it to me when I moved into my first apartment. It has made many baby food cakes. I will use it until it falls apart.
Bake 325* for 1 hour.
One slice to make sure it’s still as good as always 😉
And that’s one of those those good memories from growing up in small town Mississippi!