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Thursday, 9 August 2012

BIRTHDAY CAKE


August 10 

Mom never forgot a birthday . . . if we were home she’d bake a cake . . . if we were far away she’d send us her love.


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This is the recipe for a cake Mom made for us over and over again:

MARY STADNYK’S CRUMB CAKE

2 cups flour
¾ cup butter
1 cup white sugar

1 egg
1 cup sour milk (or ¼ cup vinegar added to ¾ cup sweet milk)
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp powdered cloves (or allspice)
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ cup raisins
¾ cup currants

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9x9 inch square cake pan.
  3. Rub flour, butter, and sugar together to make crumbs.
  4. Take out 1 cup of the crumbs and set aside for topping.
  5. Mix the remainder of the crumbs with the egg and then the rest of the ingredients.  (blend well, but no beating is necessary)
  6. Pour mixture into cake pan and cover with the reserved crumb topping.
  7. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.  (Test with a toothpick to see if it comes out dry as ovens differ.) 


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When I was a little girl, I used to pinch bits off the delicious topping of Mom’s Crumb Cake.