Friday, January 25, 2013

Family Recipe Friday: Friendship Cake

My grandmother is always telling me about this pound cake she bakes. She bakes it for parties, holidays, and friends. I vaguely remember eating this cake as a kid, and recently I asked my grandmother if she would share her recipe with me. She was really excited that I asked, and told me she would write it out for me and send it.

Since I live in California and my family lives in Pennsylvania, I had to wait for the info to come in the mail. A few weeks later I received a giant box from her. She sent me the recipe, the pan I had to make it in, some of the ingredients, measuring spoons, and some other little gifts. I had planned to make the cake over the holidays when I was off from work, but unfortunately I was under the weather.

This past weekend, I decided to make the cake. My girlfriend had a good time laughing at my total lack of knowledge about baking (sugar is supposed to go in the wet ingredients? Why??).

Probably the first time I've ever used this mixer.


I think it turned out pretty well.


A little powdered sugar and the cake looks quite pretty.


We wrapped up the cake so we could each take half to work to share with our coworkers.

I am cheating a little bit in this post because... I'm not going to share the recipe. My grandmother asked me not to share it with anyone, and I promised. This pound cake is a family secret!

14 comments:

  1. Wow does this look luscious. I hope you'll share the recipe some day! Meanwhile, you're lucky that your grandmother not only gave you the secret recipe but also so many things you'll need to make it. Enjoy.

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    1. Thank you! It was a hit at work. I was surprised to see she sent such a big box. I think she knows her baking abilities haven't exactly been passed down. :) Probably didn't trust me to get the right stuff!

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  2. What?! No recipe??? You had my hopes up.

    Not to worry, though...I've got my own family pound cake recipe. Haven't made it in years.

    I don't know if it's the angle on the camera, but the loaf you made looks so long. Extra long baking pan? Bet you got rave reviews when you shared the results.

    Just found your blog this morning, courtesy of GeneaBloggers. Welcome! And best wishes as you tackle some of those difficult surnames you've mentioned in your posts.

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    1. Thank you! :) It is an extra long pan, almost as long as the oven is wide. It was a hit at work. Actually my good friend there could not believe I made it! My (lack of) cooking skills precede me.

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  3. Welcome to GeneaBloggers. I'm new this week too!! I am so excited to be a part of this community. I laughed when I read your grandmother sent ingredients and all. It sounds so much like a grandmother to make sure you have everything. Love it!!

    Betty

    http://hooverhistory.blogspot.com/

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    1. She knows me well enough to know I probably don't have most of them! :) Welcome to you too, I checked out your blog.

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  4. Welcome to Geneabloggers!

    Regards, Grant

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  5. Welcome to Geneabloggers, great story and you have sparked my interest, and I am googling to see if I can find a similar recipie.

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    1. Thank you, Diane! I saw your introduction on Geneabloggers this morning as well. I loved the idea of having a blog devoted just to the women of your family! Looking forward to hearing about them. :)

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  6. I love your grandma for sending you the complete package and not just the ingredients. I'm sure she was proud that you're a natural at baking. Too bad I cannot taste some of it.

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    1. Well, you know her. She goes overboard. :P It was actually not poisonous, if you can believe that.

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