Monday, January 26, 2009

Strawberry Cake and Old Recipe Cards......

Aunt Olie's famous Strawberry Cake recipe
Recipe card from my mother (My favorite cookie)
This recipe was given to me by my
husbands (Reid) mother at a recipe shower that
was given for me by his Aunt MaryLouise.
What is it about old worn out recipe cards that we love so much? I was cleaning my office/studio yesterday and stopped to go through my old recipe box. Oh, the memories!! I could actually smell Mama's Thumbprint Cookies and taste my Aunt Olie's Strawberry Cake! The recipe cards are worn around the edges, not only from my use, but theirs. I can just imagine Aunt Olie in the kitchen, watching us as we all played outside, just a fussing because it was to hot for her strawberry frosting to stay on the cake. She would say later to all of us, "Well, it won't be pretty, but it sure will be good" as we gathered around the table! I grew up with the best cooks, all good southern cooks, using fatback and real butter.
This is Aunt Olie's Strawberry Cake recipe~ I hope to publish a cookbook one day as I have been working on it for years. With many of my recipes, like this one, they have a story.
I hope you enjoy it!
Strawberry Cake
*Growing up we all have special people that show us love through feeding us. As a child, that person for me was my Aunt Olie. She really was not my Aunt, but she loved me unconditionally. She was there for my two cousins, my sister and I. Whenever we needed her (and our parents too) she was there. A trail ran through the woods from our backdoor to hers. We could actually smell when she was cooking something special and always being curious, our little feet scurried to her kitchen. Afternoons after school she kept us and soon as we were off the bus, she had cornbread, vanilla wafers and peanut butter, and to drink ~ buttermilk waiting for us. We grew up singing “Cornbread and Buttermilk makes us fat. Where in the world are the other girls at”. Never understood it, but it was part of Aunt Olie. This strawberry cake was also Aunt Olie. I loved her very much and I still have the original recipe she gave us written on the back of an old Christmas card.

1 Box White Cake Mix
1 Box Strawberry Jell-O Dissolved in ½ Cups Cold Water
1 Cup Wesson Oil
4 Eggs
½ Cup Frozen Strawberries, thawed and mashed

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into 2 well-greased cake pans and bake at 325 for 30 minutes.
Strawberry Frosting:
1 Box Powdered Sugar
½ Cup Margarine
½ Cup Frozen Strawberries, thawed

Mix powdered sugar and margarine well. Add strawberries. Spread frosting between layers and on sides and top of cake. Refrigerate.

8 comments:

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

What a cool connection to our past recipes have. My Mom has a recipe notebook that belonged to her grandmother--all the recipes are handwritten, with no reference to oven settings other than "hot," "very hot". . .

:)

Heather said...

Hi there! I just stumbled onto your blog and love this recipe! Thanks for sharing your old recipe cards...it brought back some memories for me as well! ;)

Heather
The Gift Closet

kathy said...

Always love visiting - this brings back such memories - I too made this strawberry cake - yumm -
Participating in the "Daniel Fast " with our church this is the last week of 21 days -- Lots of veg and fruit -
wow have had some strawberries but
the idea of cake - yikes - now I have to go eat an apple. Slowcatching up with my blogg friends - been too busy - kathy - ga

kathy said...

Always love visiting - this brings back such memories - I too made this strawberry cake - yumm -
Participating in the "Daniel Fast " with our church this is the last week of 21 days -- Lots of veg and fruit -
wow have had some strawberries but
the idea of cake - yikes - now I have to go eat an apple. Slowcatching up with my blogg friends - been too busy - kathy - ga

La Donna Welter said...

Thank you for the great recipe! Yummy! : )

Katie said...

I love family recipes!! Those are the ones you KNOW are good!! And there is nothing sweeter than hand-written recipe cards...with notes written on the sides and splatters of oil on them!

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