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Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Silly Mama

I saw this LUSCIOUS  
made by CATHY
and just the words
sent me into memory mode and laughing my self silly...
...let me explain...
When Mr. Sweet and I married over 50 years ago,
his very favorite cake in the whole entire universe was
He also thought NO one in the whole entire universe 
could make one like SHE did.
I wanted to learn to make one JUST AS GOOD AS HERS,
so we went to her house one day and I said,
"Mama, will you teach me to make a German Chocolate Cake like you..
"He says NO one makes them as good as you because you
Her recipe is exactly the same

Of course, being the GOOD MAMA that she was,
she took me by the hand...
into her warm and safe KITCHEN
and she TOLD me every step..
but made me do all the work...*so's I'd learn, ya know...
She had me to be sure and measure JUST right..
"Jeanie, sit your measuring cup ON THE COUNTER so that you
get EXACTLY the right amount...."
"...yes, ma'am..."

We dipped and measured,
we giggled and measured again..
I added the eggs and I added the milk...

I said, " Boy, no WONDER your cakes are so good, Mama. We've been at this over an hour."

She smiled sweetly and had me slide the 3 cake pans into the JUST RIGHT TEMP oven.
After the cake was all finished...♥....delicious icing..
I was so so proud !

THEN...she took me by the hand..
opened her pantry..
and there, IN PLAIN SIGHT..

 Again, she smiled sweetly and said..
"OH, and THIS is what I use MOST of the time...such a time saver !"
I could NOT believe it...
"Why, you rascal, you...!!"

"BUT"...she said, "I ALWAYS make my  homemade ICING!.."

50 years later, Mr. Sweet and I still laugh about this...
When I make him a
he always wants to know if it's
or did I use the
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Barbara F. said...

^o^ love it! xo

Beth said...

Delicious and beautiful and funny and can I have a slice?!!?
p.s. I'd love to have you participate in my blog party on Sept 15: Travels Near And Far. Link up a big trip, or a local trip to an area of interest - be creative! Hope you'll be part of the fun, BJ!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh what a story,, thats so cool.

Jojo said...

What a wonderful story and you are keeping the baking tradition going!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

That's my favorite time-saver, too! But there is NO substitute for homemade frosting! I am SUPPOSED to have a German chocolate cake for my birthday every year, but it didn't happen yesterday. I will make one for myself before the week is out ;-)

Mimi said...

How cute!! I love the story and am craving a big slice of that yummy cake!

TinyMatchboxStudio said...

Love German Chocolate is my favorite!! Also love this delightful story! My M.I.L. passed away yesterday morning and your little story made me laugh :) She wasn't a baker...but then again, neither am I! Fortunately for me, my husband is okay with that ;)

NanaDiana said...

LOVE IT! Sounds like you had a peach of a mother-in-law..and she had a sense of humor. What a blessing! xo Diana

Sweet Tea said...

That's a great story - she's my kind of woman! LOL
I'm not big on coconut but Princess loves it and she usually requests a German Chocolate cake for her birthday and you can be sure I always use "The Time Saver"!

Michele Smith said...

LOL I Love it!!! and that cake looks delicious!

Debby said...

Now you have gone and done it. That's my very favorite cake. Maybe I could just eat the icing. Yum.

Foley said...

I'm surprised she let you see the 'time saver' one! Such a cute story..was smilin all the way through!

Catherine Denton said...

Haha, you're not telling huh? Well, I wouldn't care either way--that cake looks scrumptious!
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So funny and a cute story. My husband said his favorite cake was German chocolate, too, but for some reason he doesn't seem to care for it anymore.

Love Of Quilts said...

That's my hubbys favorite cake too...I too go for that German chocolate box mix. I don't like to cook as well as you do I'll take the time saver. Trish

Pondside said...

That icing looks toooooo good. The sort of icing that goes straight to the hips!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks wonderful and very fine!
Have a nice week:)

Anonymous said...

haha what a great story...that cake looks so good

Donnie said...

That is such a smile giver this morning and what a beautiful cake. Next to carrot cake that is one of Don's favorites too.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Made from scratch :) Just love this post!

Theresa said...

Oh how funny, I know that they are both delicious but the time saver is the one I make:) My Sister makes them from scratch!

Have a blessed day, HUGS!

TexWisGirl said...

how cute!!!

Emily said...

Yum, I'll have a slice and coffee and sit awhile with you.

The French Hutch

The White Farmhouse said...

I have been trying to run my finger through that icing dripping off the side and I get nothing! I want to know where the recipes are though! I love German Chocolate. It was about the only cake that my mother made. Of course, she used the time saver! Love the story! What a "sweet" memory!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What an adorable story. It's is amazing what little secrets we have! Fortunately this one was only a little culinary secret!
Thanks for sharing this fun... and tasty story at ON THE MENU MONDAY!
You are just as sweet as your story!

'Auntie' said...

Thank you Dear One, for your concern, during Hurricane Irene!!!

Hugs, hugs, hugs...

Ralph said...

As a consumer of said cake, I do not want to know the bakers secret. Really! If I may, please serve with a stout cup of coffee and I am satisfied!

Beverly said...

German's Chocolate Cake is my all time favorite, too. When I was growing up, my mother used to bake one for my birthday every year.

And, I am not a frosting person, but that made from scratch frosting is luscious.

Lola said...

Our favorite too!

XOXO Lola & Nora:)

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh I love that story! It gave me agood laugh this morning and that is exactly what I needed:>)

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Debbie said...

That story made me smile!!
German Chocolate is my all time favorite cake, and I use the time saver most of the time, too.

On Crooked Creek said...

I adored this post!!! You and Mama seem to have had a sililar type relationship as "Mr. Ed's" mother and I. Now you understand better why I usually write, my beloved mother~in~law!!! Thank you for sharing this sweet something story of learning to make a cake from "scratch"!

Shug said...

Hi Bj

love this precious mother always made the BEST homemade....made from scratch German Chocolate Cake..Since her passing, we have all tried our hands at making one. Good? Yes they were good, but just not like mothers.
have a good evening

Sarah said...

Big smiles and giggles here! This looks beautiful and delicious. German Chocolate is the cake of choice for "the chef" here. ;-) I'm going to remember this little secret.

Connie said...

That is awesome! I figure that if someone has to ask if it's made from scratch, it's not worth the time!

I must admit, my homemade German chocolate cake frosting is better than the store bought.

La said...

I lovr this revelation. The icing is the best part!

Red Couch Recipes said...

THAT was too funny! Your cake looks sooo good. German Chocolate was my dad's favorite. Joni

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Oh wow! WOW! Can I just say, "WOW". That looks delicious. I am not a from scratch kinda gal but I will be giving this one a try. What a cute story!

Abby said...

Beautiful cake! I've never eaten a German Chocolate Cake, but you've inspired me. Now I have to try it :)

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Hi BJ - I love your post about your MIL! I have to confess I've used the box mix too. As long as the frosting is from scratch nobody cares that much. We could eat the frosting on a graham cracker and be happy. From scratch cake is saved for very special occasions. Thanks so much for the link to my blog. Your post really brightened my day.

PEA said...

Oh, BJ, that was too funny! My mom is the same way, so many times I think she slaved over the stove and all the time she used one of them "time savers"! lol I've never had German Chocolate Cake but I've seen the cake mixes in the stores so will have to buy one to try. I have no idea why I've never had it before? *shrugs shoulders* It really does look delicious. xoxo

Mel Cole said...

Oh I love German chocolate cake. yummy pictures. visiting from ruby tuesday. come and visit mine too.

Designs By Pinky said...

What a beautiful, sweet story!!! It almost brought tears to my eyes. I don't have any memories like that with My Mother, she couldn't cook to save her life!!!! You have my mouth WATERING for a piece of that cake! AND, it is lunch time!!!! Hope you are having a great day, I am just getting to this post but I made it, even if I am late:):) XO, Pinky

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You took ME down memory lane, as well, Miss BJ! When I was growing up, each member of my family of seven had their favorite dessert. My precious mother would rotate the desserts, so everyone had a chance for their favorite to be on the menu every month or so. German chocolate cake was "#2 sister's" favorite.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

sabri said...

love this post...i actually made one of these for my daughter's class party a few years back and all the kids loved it..they sent her home with requests for next year...ha ..ha..great cake...thanks for sharing..