“I want a piece of cake.”

My dad enjoys his food and clearly has since birth.  Grandmom wrote in his baby book that his first sentence was “I want a piece of cake.”  My great-grandmother – Ida Gates Hamlin – made the most amazing biscuits.  I can still remember how they smelled and tasted.  She also made a great pound cake.  No matter how I try to top her recipe with one of my own, hers remains everyone’s favorite.

Here are two of my favorite cake recipes.


from the kitchen of Ida Rebecca Gates Hamlin:

Pound Cake

Cream together 2 sticks butter, ½ cup shortening and 3 cups sugar. Add 1-teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract. Add 6 medium eggs, beating in one at a time. Sift together 3 times: 3 cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon baking powder. Stir in 1-cup milk divided into thirds alternating with flour so you end with milk. Bake in a well-greased and floured large tube pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Let cake stand in pan for 10 minutes before inverting.



from the kitchen of Nellie Russell Clark Wilkerson:

Carrot Cake

1 cup Wesson Oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
2 1/2 tablespoons hot water
Beat this together.
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a little salt
Sift this together and add to first mixture.
Next add
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup nuts (optional)
Whites of 3 eggs.  Beat and fold in lightly.
Bake 350 degrees – 55 minutes
Grease tube pan – line with wax paper..
Place on rack to cool.