Grandparents and Cake
I truly hate to think of what life would have been like without my Grandparents and my Great Grandparents. So much love, so much time, so many things learned and traditions carried on, recipes passed down. I loved them all, they loved me. But there was one that I was closest too. She loved to tell people that she was there when I was born, held me before they had even wiped me off. She took one look and fell in love, with a love she never knew existed. She’s the reason I don’t quit, never have. She wouldn’t let me. She’s the reason I write ( or try), she’s the why for many things in my life.
So much of me is who they were and what they tried to teach me. Some I learned right away, some, well let’s just say it took me a while.
When I was born, I had all of my Grandparents and 3 sets of Great Grandparents…… I was the first Grand and Great Grand and it’s a wonder that I am not a spoiled snotty Belle. But somehow, they managed to not make me rotten. At least I don’t think I am. 🙂
My maternal great grandmother ( Digie) could cook, when she wanted too, which wasn’t often. She went through phases of eating some weird things. Like the time she wouldn’t eat anything but baby food. Yep, you read that right. Baby food. Then there was the grits only phase, the oatmeal only phase and who can forget the bananas only phase. There seems to be a pattern here, but heck if I know what it means and to be honest I don’t care. She loved me, she spent hours with me in her lap reading to me. As a child, that’s all I cared about.
My Baba did ok in the kitchen but it wasn’t her favorite thing to do, so she didn’t unless she had too. Though when I was old enough to talk and declared I hated pickles, she quit putting them in anything she made and when I decided cottage cheese was gross she came up with a jello salad made with cream cheese so I would eat it. The rest of the family learned to adapt. Did I say I wasn’t spoiled? Maybe I need to rethink that?
My fraternal grandmother was a baker. She could bake just about anything and all of it good. Never walked into her house without something sitting on the counter. I get that from her. Below is her recipe for Orange Coconut Cake. It’s worth the effort to make it.
DeeDee’s Orange Coconut Cake
1 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
½ tsp. almond extract
3 c. sifted cake flour
2 ¼ tsp. double acting baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
1 c. milk
Orange filling (below)
Coconut Frosting (below)
Cream shortening well, add sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy. Add flavoring, then eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternate with milk. Beat until smooth.
Pour batter into 3 9” round cake pans with parchment or wax paper on the bottom, grease well, including paper.
Bake at 375 degrees about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool.
½ c. sifted flour
1 c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 TBS grated orange rind
1 rind of grated lemon
1 ¼ c. orange juice
¼ c. lemon juice
4 egg yolks
Mix ½ cup sifted cake flour, 1 cup sugar ¼ teaspoon salt in a heavy sauce pan. Add ¼ cup water and mx until smooth.
Add 1 ¼ cups orange juice, ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 TBS grated orange rind and grated rind of 1 lemon. Cook over low heat until mixture thickens and becomes almost transparent, stir often and well. Beat 4 egg yolks lightly and add to hot mixture stirring constantly, cook slowly about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens again. Cool.
After filling cools, spread onto 1st cake layer, then add 2nd layer cake and spread. Place 3rd cake layer on top.
1 ½ c. sugar
½ tsp. cream of tarter
½ tsp. salt
½ c egg whites
¼ tsp. almond extract
2 c. grated coconut
Combine sugar, cream of tartar, salt and ½ c. hot water in sauce pan. Cook without stirring until a little mixture dropped into cold water forms a soft ball. (240 degrees using a candy thermometer).
Meanwhile beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Add syrup slowly to egg whites, beating constantly at high speed. Add flavoring. Spread frosting on sides and top of cake. Sprinkle with coconut.
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