Bringing The Family Together With a Cake

by SPB

If there wasn't a holiday in the coming weeks, mom would create one and to celebrate it, she would bake a cake. And mom's cakes were never ordinary...

Mom Loved To Bake

Mom had four of us all about 3 years apart and as a result, she spent most of her married life at home taking care of us, and baking. It was the baking part that I remember the most. She was awesome and I still tell my kids about some of mom's desserts. Unfortunately, I have only one "child" at home and she did not inherit my sweet tooth.  It's really hard to do a lot of baking when there are only 3 people to eat it.. 

But things are looking up and I now have a brand new granddaughter to teach to bake. Okay, she's only two months old, but the day will come lol... and I will be ready! 

Cake Pans

Mom's cakes were cut by hand! She was amazing!
Wilton 2105-0801 Countless Celebratio...
Only $20.36
Rolin Roly 26Pcs 10 inch Alphabet Let...
Only $29.95
Fox Run 44515 Non-Stick Carbon Steel ...
Only $6.99

Mistakes That I Have Made

1. Did not check the pantry to be sure that I had all of the ingredients.

2. Did not read the recipe twice. That is more important than you could ever imagine.

3. Rushed through the recipe. (I put a tablespoon of salt into the batter because I wasn't paying attention.

4. Broke the egg over the bowl resulting in a ton of shells to be picked out.

5. Forgot that the cake was in the oven. Use a timer.

Kids in the Kitchen

so cute ;)

Cake Mix or Scratch

  Display results
Are you a baker who grabs the box or starts from scratch?

Mom's Valentine Cake

Chocolate Frosting and Smarties... A MUST

We have it so much easier with digital cameras than we once did. We spent a small fortune on cameras and film, and unfortunately, most came back ruined or not what we would have liked. Needless to say, these days, we would have been taking photos from step one until the cake was completely finished and I would have had some great photos for you. Unfortunately I don't have even one and mom's days of cake baking are pretty much over.  Her eye sight is a factor sad to say. 

But I can tell you about it. :) She would use 2 round cake pans and then cut the second cake in half. This she would "glue" together with chocolate frosting until the cake resembled a heart. That alone would have made a great dessert, but she wasn't finished quite yet. She would use a box of Smarties and liberally spread them over the cake. We as kids loved it. Actually, I'm sure that dad did too. That's probably where my sweet tooth came from. Anyway, it was awesome and she made it every single year until we all moved away from home. 

Smarties... (A Canadian Candy)

It took a while, but I finally found a bag!!
Nestle Smarties 5 Pack 100g

Smarties are a longstanding British chocolate treat that is loved by both children and adults alike. Originally Rowntrees of York were producing 'chocolate beans' way back in ...

Only $5.28

Chocolate Frosting

... the thicker the better
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Reduced Sugar Frosting - Milk Chocolate, 15 oz. (Pack of 6)

Only $29.95

Mom Loved Aprons Too

If you baked, you wore an apron

I don't remember seeing my mom without an apron when she was in the kitchen and for that matter, I don't think that I ever saw Nanny (her mother) without an apron. It was simply part of your outfit when you began your day. The only difference I can remember is that Nanny wore a full apron over her house dress and mom wore an apron that just tied around the waste.

I don't think that I have ever worn an apron, but now that I have a brand new granddaughter, I just might go out and buy one so that I can carry on the tradition. Maybe one day she will tell her children and grandchildren about her Nanna who always wore an apron in the kitchen.

I kind of like that! :)

Updated: 02/07/2012, SPB
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katiem2 on 02/26/2012

I love cake, its always a good time to eat cake. My two daughters love to bake and we often enjoy cake. Cake does bring people together. Great piece you've written here :)

ethelsmith on 02/08/2012

Yummy smarties. Has to be made from scratch as from a box almost feels like shop bought. My Mum baked a lovely cake or two also :)

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