My Heirloom Recipe for Plum Spice Cake

My Heirloom Recipe for Plum Spice Cake

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My Heirloom Recipe for Plum Spice Cake


We’re currently asking our site users to submit their favorite heirloom recipes—treasures handed down from one generation to another.

Naturally, it got me to thinking about my own family heirloom recipes.

I came from a pretty big family, one of four kids growing up in southwest Missouri. We employed a wonderful cook, a sweet lady named Parthenia, who was with us for almost 30 years. She didn’t just work for the family, she was part of the family, and, as a little girl, I learned so much about cooking from her.

Parthenia never used a recipe. She did everything from memory, or instinct or something. But, whatever she made, whether it was a simple sandwich or a sumptuous dinner, it always tasted fabulous, and it always looked amazing. She taught me a lot about the importance of attractive food presentation.

I’d love to include one of Parthenia’s recipes in our Heirloom Recipes feature. Unfortunately, no recipes exist because, as I said, she never used them. But I did want to remember her. She was pretty special. Thanks, Parthenia.

My Grandmother Hannah was a terrific cook as well, and a lovely woman. She created some incredible desserts. One of my all-time favorites was her plum spice cake. Okay, I know it doesn’t sound good, but it is to die for. So that’s the one I’m offering up as my Heirloom Recipe. It’s heavenly, luscious and moist. I think you will love it.

I look forward to seeing what heritage recipe you’re going to share.

Ways to share:
Scan an old recipe, OR

Take a photograph of an old recipe, OR

Retype an old recipe.

Then simply attach to an email and send to Editor. Be sure to put Heirloom in the subject line.


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