Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Birthday Boy and Cocoa Fudge Cake Recipe

Ready to blow out the candles

There was a birthday for a certain 6 year old grandson celebrated yesterday. As you can see, I couldn't find any candles so we used stick matches as a substitute. Glad he liked the cake. And it turned out to be a busy day, for in the evening we went to watch his uncles (our two youngest sons) play softball.

My 'vintage' cookbook that contained the recipe I used for the layer cake.


I might have decent handwriting if I'd never learned to type.
Don't you find it almost painful to have to write things longhand??

Grandpa always used lemon juice and milk when he didn't have buttermilk on hand. It seems that lime juice worked just as well. (No, I didn't realize that I didn't have lemon juice when I started this project.)


The frosting recipe with a sample of cocoa on the page


The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.


AT THE OLD BALLGAME


The catcher and his wife
our daughter in law and youngest son


Our three sons



Family Spectators
Courtney was keeping score


Someone was guzzling pop


And here's my hubby (my favorite)
watching the game
Do I ever call him that in real life??? NO.
These days, with the grandkids here, I'm mostly calling him 'Grandpa.' :-)

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35 comments:

Eileen said...

Happy birthday wishes to your grandson. The cake looks delicious.
Nice to see a photo of your sons all together..handsome bunch :-)
I used to call my husband "hubby" when I was writing about him in the blog.Then one day I decided to use his real name as I never call him hubby in real life :-)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Pinning that recipe most definitely!
What a nice photo of " My Three Sons" handsome boys - but that little one?
Too precious!
XOXO

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Judy Wonderful cake. I just wish I lived closer to get a bite. Happy birthday to your grandson adn your sons are a handsome bunch, takes after hubby?

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

That cookbook has the best basic recipes! Your cake looks so good - especially the frosting :-)

Susie said...

Loved all your pictures. The one where the birthday boy is eating his cake, too cute. I think it's great that you wrote in your cookbook. I had one that was my MIL's, she had written in it.Makes me smile.xoxo,Susie

Diane said...

Cake recipe looks good! Love softball too!

Olive said...

Dear Judy, what a lovely family you have been blessed with. The birthday boy was too cute and the cake makes me want chocolate for breakfast. Well I want that every day. I need to remember about the lemon juice and milk as I always have lemons. xo, olive

Samantha said...

Yummy! I'm definitely saving that recipe!

Your life always looks so perfectly American, or how I imagine it to be anyway!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I've got that same cookbook. I still go to it for favorite recipes.

I loved seeing your softball photo's since we're a softball family, too.

Happy Birthday to the little guy and Happy Birthday to you, too, this week!

Jenn S said...

My mom has that same cookbook still!!! I love it!! And what a great cake for the birthday boy... I wonder if I could get Chris to make me one on my birthday? lol

Blackberry Lane said...

Happy Birthday to a fine young man! The cake looks soooo good! Wonderful to see photos of your family.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I will have to check out that recipe for my son since he is a big chocolate lover!! Love the match stick substitute!! Love your family photos!! Happy Birthday to your grandson!!

Sandra said...

these are super family fotos.. memory's captured here.
this is my 4th birthday post today and all had choc cakes.. now i want one.

Ruth Kelly said...

I would never think to use just match sticks on a cake - how very clever of you.

Chatty Crone said...

I have used lemon to sour milk before too. Love the chocolate cake. Love the photos of the family. But the last pic of your husband was good - did you see the shadows of the fence on his face? sandie

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Delicious looking cake! Betty Crocker is the best. I have an older copy from my Mom that is falling apart, but I refuse to give it up!

TexWisGirl said...

the cake and ice cream looked awesome! loved watching ball games in summer.

Life Happens said...

What a yummy looking cake. So nice to have your family all around. :)

Deanna said...

Now I want some chocolate cake. I love the way you used matchsticks. And it reminds me that I'm out of birthday candles myself (just added to grocery list). I suppose one could substitute butter for the shortening, don't you think? I'm a real butter only type. :)

Terri D. said...

Your raised some mighty fine looking men! That cake looks delicious! I use milk and vinegar to make buttermilk - works great. I'm sure any acidic liquid would work fine. Great idea to use the stick matches in place of candles - seemed to work like a charm! I always enjoy your photos!

Balisha said...

I have that cookbook and the one before it...guess that makes me vintage :)
Balisha

Denise said...

Hope your grandson enjoyed his birthday. The cake sounds delicious.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy birthday to him!!! The cake looks delicious!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Happy birthday to your grandson! That cake does look yummy and I bet the whole family enjoyed it.

Meggie said...

What wonderful family photos...you are a lucky gal! Yummmm, on the cake. Great tip on using the lime...

Rachel said...

I love the pictures! You have a beautiful family!! :)

ruthie said...

I wouldn't have thought about lime juice in a chocolate cake! I'll have to give it a try!

Empty Nester said...

Your family is handsome! All that testosterone- I don't know how you did it. LOL They are a good looking bunch and I can always feel your love for them in your words.

JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose said...

A lucky little guy to get such a great cake :-) My hubby just had a birthday and our daughter baked him a homemade chocolate cake. So good! I did eat just a little of it.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You have a beautiful family, Judy! A belated Happy Birthday to your grandson. The cake looks yummy. I'll have to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Looks like you made an A+ on your birthday Chocolate Cake!! Makes me now want so choc. cake!! Happy Birthday to Little one!!

Judy S. said...

That cookbook of yours looks kinda like mine although I've never discovered that recipe. Our traditional birthday cake is very similar but also has coca cola in it and was given to me from some'ne's Farmer's Almanac. Nice photos of your family; bet it was a busy, fun time!

Debra Hawkins said...

Oh my that cake looks delicious! Happy Birthday to your grandson!

Kara said...

what a delicious looking cake! I think those old books have the best recipes. Yours looks well loved.

J_on_tour said...

Great post of food & family. Natural photos & a nice idea to photograph the recipe ... & the important bit to eat it !

(on a side note, Sorry I'm not around at the moment, I've got technical problems & can't access my photo library. The appointment I had today didn't sort it, I have another on friday & if that doesn't work, they say I'm going to have to wipe the computer completely & start again.)

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