Tonight we are going to a Sunday school party at the home of two of our members. We have a fun group of about 25 who gather together to socialize once a month. Our lessons on Sunday mornings are Bible based. Right now, we are studying You Will Get Through This by Max Lucado. Tommy and I always enjoy his books, our class for study and socializing.
The parties are pot luck. We are taking a dessert, which I will make after I finish this blog post. Even though it’s a Greek theme, I have chosen to make my Chocolate Sheet Cake. This has been a favorite with this group, and it’s easy to make.
My sister, Joanie, gave me this recipe. In San Antonio in the 1960’s, people called it “Sheath” cake. Did we not understand? No matter. I’m glad I received the recipe from my kind sister, Joanie Olafson McDonald, before she died in a car accident on June 1, 1989. Try not to eat too much of the icing before it’s on the cake. It tastes like yummy fudge.
Sift together in mixing bowl
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
Put in sauce pan
4 rounded T cocoa
1 cup water
2 sticks margarine or butter (1 cup)
Bring this to a boil. Pour over sugar mixture. Stir well.
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup butter milk to which has been added ½ tsp baking soda
Mix well. Pour into well greased and floured 8” X 12” cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes.
Ice cake in pan while it is still hot.
Melt and bring to boil
1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)
3 rounded tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons sweet milk or butter milk (scant ½ cup)
Remove from heat, beat and add
1 box powdered sugar (16 oz.)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup broken (not chopped) pecans
Mix well. Pour over center of cake in pan. It will melt to the sides.
And now for a lagniappe…a little something extra.
This week was Tommy’s birthday. We celebrated Thursday night by going to a Skeeters game with our daughter and her three children. They came to our house after the game for birthday cake, singing and lots of laughs.
For many years Tommy requested a cake mix for Boston Cream Pie for his birthday. It’s a cake, so I’m not sure why it was called a pie. The cake mix hasn’t been available for a long time. Recently I found a recipe on Pinterest for Boston Cream Poke Cake. It taste just like his old favorite. So I made it for his birthday cake. So here’s your lagniappe…the recipe I used.
Boston Cream Poke Cake
1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix (plus ingredients on box)
2 small boxes (3.4 oz.) Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
4 cups whole milk
1 container Duncan Hines Classic Chocolate Creamy frosting
Prepare cake in 13″ X 9″ pan according to box directions. Let cool in pan.
Use wooden spoon handle to poke many holes evenly across the cake.
Combine milk and pudding mix and whisk until well blended.
Pour pudding over cake making sure it gets down into the holes.
Refrigerate cake for an hour to allow pudding to settle and set up.
Open frosting container and remove foil seal.
Microwave for 15 seconds and stir. Repeat this until frosting is pourable.
Pour over pudding layer and spread with spatula to cover completely.
Refrigerate for at least another hour.
And a Happy Birthday to all of you, my dear friends, whenever your special day arrives. I hope someone makes you a cake. Have a good week until we meet again. Hugs, Judy
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