Mom’s Recipe Box Family Series Conclusion – A Very Special Birthday Cake!
What better way to conclude Mom’s Recipe Box Family Series than with a homemade birthday cake for the anniversary of my mother’s birthday that was on the 12th of January. Mom/Nana, Cecelia G. Bennett ( or as my dad called her, ‘Cecelia G.’), passed away in December, 2010. In the “Mom’s Recipe Box” series, that began on July 4, 2014 and ran weekly on Fridays, those who loved her so much – her family – added to and celebrated Mom’s/Nana’s collection of recipes.
“Cecelia G.’s Yellow Cake with White Icing” made for the conclusion of this series by her daughter Candy can be found in Mom’s Recipe Box. Mom loved snow and snowmen – Happy Birthday Mom!
For the conclusion of the family series, my sister Candy volunteered to bake a very special birthday cake “from scratch” using a recipe found in our mother’s recipe box for “Yellow Cake with White Icing”.
Although “Mom’s Recipe Box” is drawing to a close as a family project, look for it in the future as an occasional feature on newsandviewsjb.com. I plan to continue to add to my mother’s collection when I find recipes that catch my eye. I have invited family members to also continue sending me recipes, so who knows – there may be more great recipes and write-ups from my family ?!
In preparing the conclusion for this series I have put together a photo collage. Enjoy! – JB
“Cecelia G’s Yellow Cake with White Icing”
INGREDIENTS & PREPARATION
Measure into mixing bowl(all measurements level): 2 cups flour; 1 and a third cups sugar; half cup Crisco; 1 tsp. salt; two thirds cup milk.
Blend by hand or with mixer on medium speed about 3 minutes. Stir in 3 tsp. baking powder then add 2 eggs (unbeaten), a third cup of milk and 1 tsp. vanilla.
Mix well for about 2 minutes – the batter should be smooth. Pour into 2 nine inch layer pans 1 and half inches deep that have been greased lightly with Crisco and lined with wax paper.
Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool and then ice.
1 lb. confectioner’s sugar – sifted (3 and a half cups) ; 1 stick margarine – softened, 1 tsp. vanilla; 4 and a half tbs. milk
Measure all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat at medium speed until well-blended. Yield – about 2 cups.
Mom/Nana blowing out the candles on her birthday cake.
A Family Photo Memoir …….
Mom/Nana and Dad/Big Johnny.
Mom as a girl – when she wanted her hair “bobbed” it was her Aunt Celia who brought her to the salon – and standing by the car.
In his youth he played baseball professionally so “Love of the Game” ran deep for Mom’s father – Pa – and has carried on to his descendents …
Joshua, Pa’s great-great grandson and Jillian’s and Doyle’s son. Josh played Little League and went on to play high school baseball – his position, outfielder.
Katie, #44, Pa’s great-great granddaughter and her softball team with the Mariners’ mascot in Seattle. Deb’s and Wayne’s daughter. Her brothers Dan and Nathan played baseball.
Mike, Pa’s great-grandson played shortstop for Akim. As well, his brother Johnny was also a standout baseball player. Dixie’s and Brud’s sons.
Nana and Mike.
Glen Jr., Keri, Kayleigh,Wayne, Deb, Donna, Katie, Sofia and Dan.
Donna, Glen Jr. and Debbie – now.
Donna, Debbie and Glen Jr. then…
Glen Jr., Candy and Danny.
Donna with Marie, Tommy, Demi and Tom.
Into the pool … Mike, Deb and Johnny.
Johnny and Mike.
Glen Sr. and Jackie at Deb’s & Wayne’s wedding reception.
Fred and Mom.
Farmington, Ct Wood n’ Tap St. Patrick’s Day 2010.
Katie, Glen Jr., Deb, Sofia and Wayne at Red Lobster.
Nathan and Jackie(standing) front left to right – Wayne, Katie, Dan, Mom/Nana, Deb and Sofia.
Johnny and Dixie Christmas season 2014.
An extraordinary photo and a treasure – Michelle shown with her two great-grandmothers, Mimi (left) and Nana.
Wherever my gregarious father went he made friends such as here at the US/Canada border of Niagra Falls.
Dad and Mom at the US/Canada border of Niagra Falls.
Jim, Lance, Deb, Kathy, Maureen, Johnny, Mom/Nana and Mike.
Candy, Mom and Dixie.
Jackie, Michelle (Ariel on right.)
Johnny Sr. and Johnny Jr.
Candy, Kathleen and Jackie.
Nathan and Candy.
Mike, Mom/Nana and Candy in downtown Boston.
Jillian and Jane now.
Jillian and Jane then…
Nathan, Wayne, Jackie, Michelle, Mom/Nana holding Johnny’s daughter Ariel , Katie, Maryann, Mike, Melane , Dan, Candy and behind the camera – Deb.
Glen Sr. holds Glen Jr.
Michelle and Mary serve hors-d’oeuvres at Thanksgiving.
Cousins plus a boyfriend and a fiance.
Sisters – Melane, Karen and Susan.
Candy, Glen, Jane and John Jr.
Pa and Dad.
Donna, Candy and Jackie at Deb’s and Wayne’s wedding reception.
Candy, Wayne and Aunt June.
Deb, Aunt June and Jillian at Deb’s birthday.
Mike, Deb and Johnny.
Aunt Anna, Candy and Mom share a laugh one Christmastime.
Betty Jane and Dave.
Deb and her Nana Nu Nu.
Dad, Mom, Deb and Candy atop Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York.
Dad with Betty Jane and her sons Fred and Brad, their sister Jill wasn’t yet born.
Candy with Uncle Frank Sheedy, who served in WWI, and Mom at Aunt Jessie’s in New Hampshire.
Candy on the front steps of the Bennett Family Farm in New Hampshire.
Muriel, Jim, Mom/Nana and Jackie.
Yes Maryann, Nana enjoying some mixology – a Pineapple Passion.
Dixie, Candy and Mom at the Katharine Hepburn Perfroming Arts Center in Old Saybrook Connecticut May 2010.
Candy, Dixie and Mom at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.
Forever Fenway ….
Aunt June and the UConn Husky.
Brothers – Fred and Glen Sr.
Glen Sr., Melane, Maryann about age 2 asleep in her Mom’s lap, Michelle, Jackie, Mike and Candy.
The Bennett Family Farm in New Hampshire.
Mom holding Danny – her first born great-grandson.
Melane and Mike.
Mom/Nana and Dad/Big Johnny.
Cousins Shannon and Maryann.
Kayleigh, Glen Jr. and Keri.
Muriel and Jared.
Mom and Jackie.
Johnny, Deb, Jackie, Maureen and Jillian.
Deb, Mom/Nana, UConn Husky & Candy at Memorial Stadium, Storrs, CT.
Nana with Mike, Melane, Maryann and Michelle at the picnic pavilon by Lake Hayward.