Sunday, January 18, 2009


"Hope deferred makes the heart sick;
but when the desire comes,
it is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

Today Farmboy and I were to make the mecca to a far distant land (1 hour north!) , to have dinner and fellowship with Ang and her family.
A quick exchange of phone calls this morning had assured each of us that the plans were still intact, despite the "lake effect" snow that had descended upon us during the night, and was to continue through the day.
Ang had mentioned there was a problem with their gas powered engine that worked the water pump, but she was quite sure hubby would have it fixed before we were to arrive.
Before too long however, came the dreaded phone call.
Hubby was going to have to run around looking for parts, and there would be no dinner/fellowship today.
Hope deferred....
It WILL happen, and we look forward to setting another date to come visit their "off'grid" farm and have some much anticipated/much needed fellowship.

Meanwhile...the cake that I had offered to bring for dessert became OUR dessert today!

I got this recipe around 1978 from an uncle's wife, who whipped it up in 5 min., had it in the oven for 45 min. and was serving it in less than an hour.

It has been a staple for me, as a quick, easy, and much loved recipe.


Oven pre-heated to 350F
grease (Pam) 9X13 pan

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teas. baking soda
2 eggs
1 teas. salt
1 16 oz. can fruit cocktail (UN-drained) (I happened to have 2 cans mandarin oranges in the pantry yesterday, so for the 1st time ever, I messed with my original recipe) WE LOVED IT!

Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl, and mix with electric mixer for 1-2 min., or until thoroughly mixed.

Pour into greased pan.

Sprinkle top with:
4-6 TBL brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts

Bake for 45 minutes.
Cake will look moist, but toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely.
Top individual servings with whipped topping of your choice.

MY choice would be real whipping cream, but I must confess, more often than not, it's Cool-Whip!

I think you will love it!
I KNOW Ang and the gang would have.

And Ang,
When the desire comes, it WILL be a tree of life!!!

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Amy said...

oh my gosh! THIS I will most definitely be trying! Too bad about the lost plan of meeting with ang:( I'm sure you will get there soon! love the banner words! I'm dreaming of spring! xo

Farmchick said...

Your cake looks wonderful...thanks for sharing!

cityfarmer said...

My dear mama made this cake thruout my whole MUST use fresh whipping cream, though...something this good cannot take cream from a spray can

Hot Belly Mama said...

I so wish you were both my neighbors...

Angelena said...

I just found your blog- so much neat stuff! Your cake looks wonderful. I will have to try out that recipe.
I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Lovella said...

Cyn, this is one of my favorite cakes, and I haven't made it in ages, but maybe now I'll have to try it again, I think my recipe has whipping cream in the topping. . .oh vey.
I found myself singing the alto . . .Thank you oh my Father. .. . till my work on earth is done. . .such beautiful lyrics. . hugs.

Pam said...

It sounds tasty. I am sure with all the fruit it stays quite moist.

Hope you can get together with Ang soon.

kansasrose said...

I haven't had this cake for 35 years! It's soooo goood! I need some comfort food like this...rough week on the prairie.

Anonymous said...

This is like the "cuppa, cuppa, cuppa" cake from Steal Magnolias!!


(I came to your site from Eclectic Culture Farm--hello!)

Nancy Jo said...

Thank you- I copied that down as fast a I could. Looks yummy.
Also copied down your cleaning solution. I just made my own Laundry soap this week, pretty proud of that! So I thought your spray cleaner would make a nice match.
I liked your Valentine heat things. I just made several pin cushions and stuffed them with rice, that worked pretty good, I usually use stuffing. As soon as I get more rice I will make up some heat ones.
Glad I stopped by, I'll be back.
Nancy Jo

Andi said...

I make fruit cocktail cake but with a boiled butter/sugar/cream topping. Here's the recipe:

2/3 cup of cream (or canned milk)
1/4 pound of butter
1 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Boil ingredients for 3-4 minutes. Cut cake while warm and pour topping over cake.

I might have to make one tomorrow.... :-)

Rosa said...

Oh my, all this food is driving me crazy! I'm dieting and I could devour any and all of it! Look at you go!