Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Food for Thought-Peanut Butter Cake

Thought it was time for a dessert. This is my mother's recipe and it probably dates back to the 1950's. I used to have a copy in her handwriting but somewhere along the way I typed it and discarded the original. Wish I still had it; she used to have beautiful handwriting.

This was also my father's favorite dessert so it seems appropriate since Father's Day just passed. Happy Father's Day a little late, Dad. Miss you!


This makes a very moist, dense cake. This is the original frosting recipe but you might use a chocolate frosting for something different.

Preheat oven to 350.

Sift together:
2 1/8 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

1/3 cup soft shortening
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk

Beat 2 minutes

2 eggs

Beat 2 minutes

Pour into greased pan. Bake layers 25-30 minutes. Square, oblong or Bundt pan 35-40 minutes. And you MUST test its doneness the old-fashioned way.....use a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, you're done!


Peanut butter
Canned evaporated milk

Because it's an old recipe there were never exact measurements for the frosting ingredients. Just start out with a small can of milk and gradually add the peanut butter and suger to taste. Mix ingredients together until very smooth and thin. Drip over cake as thick as desired. Enjoy!


Housewife Savant said...

I normally skip recipe posts.
I'm not much of a cook, certainly not an adventurous cook, and being low carb I don't need more temptation from yummy baked delights.
But OH. MY. Goody.

I am filing this recipe for my next binge (which may or may not be within 24 hours, the way my diet's been this summer.)

Michele said...

This looks fantastic. I'll have to try it on the boys.

kaye said...

sounds yummy, aren't parents the best :)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Oh, my. Peanut butter and chocolate? I'm coming undone!

Thanks for following my blog. Will return to yours often.

Tammy Howard said...

I am visiting the 'rents this weekend and just may have to bake one of these to take along - (shortening makes everything good...)

Alex the Girl said...

We don't bake much in the summer, it's just too darn hot! But that looks really good. Annissa has a recipe swap feature on her blogs on saturdays (I think) if you're interested. You've had some really good ones posted here, lately.

lov said...

thanks for stopping by from sits!

this cake looks so yummy! but i do so love peanut butter, so that is why i just had to comment on this one!!

i am in NC, i live in winston-salem....but....depending on my flake's job...that might not too much longer! :/


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