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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

THAT ♥ CAKE

Once upon a time,
there was the cutest, little skinny, long-haired girl named
 MICHELLE  JODEAN...


and she loved her Aunt Jean's 
Chocolate Sheet Cake with Pecans on top.

 Every time there was to be a family gathering, which was very often,
Michelle put in her request for
"that chocolate cake with pecans, Aunt Jean..."

and, every time we were together, we had THAT cake...

Now my niece, Michelle is a grandmother......
 and she says one of her fondest memories
from her childhood is her Aunt Jean's Chocolate Cake with Pecans on top.

I don't know what it is about memories...
special little memories like a CHOCOLATE CAKE with PECANS ON TOP,
that seem to stay with us all our lives.
Those memories sure are a comfort...
Many times, when things aren't going smoothly in our life,
it's these little memories that leap forward, straight out of our heart
and make things much easier...PURE COMFORT, I think. 

Back in those years, it never dawned on me that a simple cake would become
a special memory for my sweet little niece. 
I just knew she loved it, looked forward to it and I never wanted
to disappoint her.  


I read on a blog somewhere that if you used a cake mix, like
BETTY CROCKER SUPER MOIST or any other brand,
and you wanted it to be 
EXTRA SPECIAL....
 
to add one more egg than it called for...
to use butter instead of oil...
and milk instead of water.
and that is just what I did with this cake.

Now it stands to reason that you are adding a lot more calories...

but for a SPECIAL treat,
it's probably ok.....don't ya think ?
 ♥ ♥ ♥

I haven't sampled it yet...
it's going to our Home Fellowship
and I will let you know how that recipe turned out.
Linking with
Full Plate Thurs.
Foodie Fri.

39 comments:

  1. BJ, you always have some kind of yummy looking treat to share. Your Chocolate Pecan cake does look yummy.. Thanks for the tips, extra calories are OK once in awhile.. Have a happy day!

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  2. Yummy! Enjoy cake and family fellowship, there's nothing better!

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  3. Love it! I'd love a piece of THAT cake too, please!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Oh that does sound great and looks so fine. Your niece is a smart cookie. I had an uncle once who would beg for my chocolate chip cookies. I made them whenever he was coming for a visit. I don't make them the same way anymore so couldn't get the same results if I tried. Bet that your adaptions only improved the recipe.

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  5. I'll be curious as to how the change-out makes it special (besides more calories). Does it affect crumb, moisture, texture, flavor? Do share! (And it looks gorgeous!)

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  6. Man that looks good!! I absolutely believe that food makes us remember things from the past and feel comforted. :)

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  7. Looks divine! And calorie free:) It's true though not only in regards to cakes holding memories. A lot of food does for me. In fact, a cousin of mine who is a tad older than I said she remembers when I was a small child how I was such a good eater. She said she would come over to our house and there I was all of 2 years old standing at the refrigerator with the door open looking for something to eat. I said, I still do that LOL!

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  8. Looks divine! And calorie free:) It's true though not only in regards to cakes holding memories. A lot of food does for me. In fact, a cousin of mine who is a tad older than I said she remembers when I was a small child how I was such a good eater. She said she would come over to our house and there I was all of 2 years old standing at the refrigerator with the door open looking for something to eat. I said, I still do that LOL!

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  9. My sister in law is a fabulous cook, and she has often made a chocolate sheet cake like the one in your photos. It is always a hit. I remember my grandmother making sweet rolls, then she would cut biscuits in half and rebake them to a crunchy texture. Yum!

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  10. A sweet treat, with sweet memories. Doesn't get any better than this! :-)

    Have a sweet day, 'Sweet Cheeks'!!!!!!!!!

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  11. It definitely will be a big hit. Most times it is the little things that are the most important. At least, they are to me. It does not take much to make me happy.

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  12. The cake looks so good. I can see why your niece liked it so much. Hope all is well back there. We are having very nice weather here. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  13. Cute story! I'm sure the Home Fellowship will enjoy that yummy looking cake.

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  14. Ooh, I wish I was in your Home Fellowship! Your cake looks scrumptious!
    ~Adrienne~

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  15. Now I am going to have a chocolate cake for my tea:)

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  16. I love this!! It's crazy how your nice went from a baby to a grandmother and she still holds this cake dear...and does it look yummy!!! Nom Nom nom

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  17. No wonder it was a favorite. Who could forget chocolate and pecans? But somehow I think it had to do with her sweet and caring aunt.

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  18. The cake looks so delicious. Good that you can use the cake mix and add your own twist to it. That just makes box cakes even better.
    Your fellowship group will just love it.
    Hugs,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  19. Oh how I wish I could have a piece of THAT cake!!! I have very fond memories of being at my Aunt Betty's and her introducing us to lots of diffeerent foods. Whenever I eat a sandwish with bologna and tomato I think of her, she made that for me first. I also have her meatball recipe. She also made us SOMETHING that she called "hamster alabamster" and I can't for the life of me remember what it was. I'll have to ask my sister. XO

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  20. It's a precious compliment to be so fondly revered for something you made for someone! I have never tried adding those extras to a mix but I sure will try it next time I bake one! Thanks for the tip...and I wish I could have a piece of that cake!

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  21. What a good suggestion to add those yummy ingredients to enhance a box cake mix! That cake looks delicious bj!

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  22. this cake...our rain...and a fragrant pot of coffee!!!

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  23. This cake looks so yummy bj. That is so sweet that your special cake has made so many wonderful memories for family. It looks delish.
    I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at the pictures!
    Have a great day.
    Kris

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  24. Memories are the sweetest things! That cake looks so scrumptious! I would love to dig into it myself...lol Can't wait to hear your reviews on it!

    Blessings,
    Gert

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  25. What a sweet story, bj! It's all about food that floods us with memories, isn't it? Your chocolate cake looks soooo good! Wish I could cut a slice right through my iPad screen.

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  26. Bj, it is so nice to see you again. I took a blogging break but now I'm back. That cake looks so delicious! I never thought to substitute those items in a cake mix. Makes sense! :-)
    PS I'm your newest follower!

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  27. I will have to try that tip when I use a cake mix!

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  28. Looks good!! I'm sure it tasted good, too! :)

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  29. I want a piece, chocolate is my Favorite. Love pecans too. I had a Aunt that always baked when we went to see her she liked to make fruit cocktail or carrot cakes and chess pies.

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  30. Oh THAT cake looks YUMMY:) I feel the same way about memories! Have a blessed and beautiful day dear B.J. HUGS!

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  31. Whose counting calories with a good looking cake like this! ~smile~ You are so right about things that conjure so many wonderful memories, and that is why I love photos. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day,
    Sue

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  32. I'm not a big fan of chocolate cake but oh that frosting looks delicious.

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  33. Good morning, Bj!
    It just so happens, that there is a certain 12 year old I know, who is graduating next week from Elementary school, and requested a chocolate cake, and when I showed her this one, she just ooooohhhhed and ahhhhhhhed. Definitely going to make this and memories for her! Thank you for sharing! Have a great day!
    xo Christine

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  34. Oh my goodness, BJ, you have me drooling! "That Cake" of yours looks fantastic, can't wait to try it! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  35. Your cake looks amazing! Thanks for the tips for using cake mixes too -- I usually use butter but hadn't head about adding milk. Now I want some! :)

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  36. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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xo bj