When my mom was a young mother with a brood of 5 kids, she would have my aunts over for the afternoon. All of us kids would run amok while our moms chatted, sipped coffee, and ate cake. My mom would “doctor” box cake mixes for the company. Most of her ideas came from the box the mix came in.
Aunt Betty loved the chocolate cakes.
“Diana bakes the best chocolate cakes! ” exclaimed Aunt Betty.
It was true. Mom did bak the best cakes and cookies (her Christmas cookies were legendary, but that’s another story). The cakes baked in a rectangle Pyrex pan. Mom didn’t bother with frosting. If she prepared a golden cake, chocolate chips were stirred into the batter just for Aunt Betty. Aunt Betty’s favorite was the chocolate brownie cake. Mom added chocolate pudding mix to the cake mix giving the treat a fudgy texture.
But now and then, Mom would want to try something different. The most famous was the upside down pineapple cake. Mom sprinkled brown sugar on the bottom of the pan, placed round canned pineapple slices, then poured golden cake batter on top. She had to flip the cake out of the pan carefully so that the pineapple and cake did not separate. Mom put maraschino cherries in the middle of each pineapple slice making the cake look like a bouquet of flowers. Everyone agreed it was one of her best cakes—everyone but Aunt Betty.
“But Diana, there is no chocolate! Where’s the chocolate?” lamented Aunt Betty, “How good could this cake be without chocolate?”
It must have been good enough. Aunt Betty ate two pieces.
Welcome to my Blogging A-Z April 2018 Challenge. My theme is Food Stories Remembered because there is always a story when food is involved. I consider myself a good home cook with a great appetite for hearty food. I have witnessed the creation of favorite recipes in friends’ kitchens and have learned from the best—my mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. Recipes may be included. I am remaining uncommitted on this because when I cook, I seldom measure. If you try any of my recipes, you are cooking at your own risk. Grab a glass of wine. Hope you’re hungry!
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.