The only recipe I made from that box on that trip was this cake. It was labeled 'Earl's favorite cake' and only had a list of ingredients, no instructions, type of pan, frosting, nothing. So I showed it to Earl and he said he remembered that cake and his Mom used to make it for him when he was young. When asking him more about it he said, Square! It has to be a square cake, with white icing.
So while he was out in the yard, giving everyone chores to do, I made the cake. My dad had to tell me what 'spry' was, shortening apparently. I would normally make a cake with butter instead, but I wanted to make it just like he had it.
It came out wonderfully! I am a total fruitcake lover myself, and it has a bit of that flavor, given the candied fruit. Its a spice cake with sweet little nuggets of candied fruit laced throughout. With a simple vanilla buttercream, it has become one of my favorite cakes too. The candied citrus peel & cherries is chewy and crunchy, perfect to sprinkle atop the cake too.
|My great grandfather, Earl.|