In all my purple ruffled shirt, feathered hair, baking with Grandma glory…

Here’s some solid gold classic stuff for you.  Me, about 5 years old, baking with my AWESOME Grandma Betty. =) Yes, that Betty. =)  We were actually making a wonderful chocolate dessert for my Mom’s birthday, called Krazy Kake.   By this age, I had been well indoctrinated in such Important Rules of the Kitchen as sifting and wasn’t too bad at the execution of it, with constant Grandma supervision of course.  I spent a lot of time in this kitchen and I loved every minute of it.  That’s my Dad standing in the doorway.  Grandma says that’s one of her favorite pictures of us. =)  See CANDID ALWAYS WINS.  And of course the credit for these photos clearly goes to my Grandpa. (The real photos are actually way better – I took pics of them because I didn’t have a scanner handy)

The best thing about this cake story was that Grandma says that I insisted that we had to make blue icing for the cake.  And we did.  She even wrote it in the family cookbook. =)

And because everyone loves recipes, I shall share the Krazy Kake recipe with you – but you are welcome to make any color of icing that you so desire.   This is a great recipe to make with your kids!  Share the fun!

Don’t ya just love that hair. 😉 And I love the old 7up bottle on the counter.  I miss glass bottled pop.


Recipe for Krazy Kake!!!

(courtesy of Betty)

Sift together the following:

1 1/2 c. flour

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. soda (baking)

3 T cocoa

1/2 tsp. salt

Put in 9 inch square baking pan.  Make 3 holes and put one of the following in each hole:

1 T vinegar

1 tsp. vanilla

5 T salad oil

Add 1 cup water over all and stir.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Can be doubled for a 9×13 pan.

Enjoy and it’s good with or without icing!

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  • Katie in MA - My gosh, your nieces look just like you!! And I love that pic of you and your dad, too. 🙂

  • Heather - Ha! Exactly, Katie — thanks for backing me up on that one.

    I miss the metal measuring cups. And yes, the 7-up bottles! That 7up was always there because grandma mixed it with her homemade grape juice for us to drink on special occasions. : )

    So, let’s say you were 5: that would make grandma about 65 here, and you were grandchild #9 at that point — right? And she just keeps teaching and loving all of us…what a wonderful woman and what a blessing. We love you grandma! Happy 90TH Birthday TODAY!!!!!!!!

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