Feather Sponge Cake, Orange Slice Cake, and Lena McCormack’s Hillbilly Cake

Good morning guys. Welcome back to Miz Judi’s Kitchen. Why don’t ya’ll come in and sit with us a while?

The weather’s begun to warm up again, lows in the mid-fifties at night. We’ve been wanting to set out some seeds, but with the nights being a little too cool for seedlings to germinate, we’ve waited. We didn’t want to start them in the house.

But Tuesday afternoon Deb and I put out quite a bit of seeds. We dropped the curtains and we couldn’t believe how the greenhouse heated up. This is brand spankin new to us, so we’re kinda feeling things out, but still probably in too big a hurry! LOL!

We set out 413 tomato sets. I know, that’s a lot I guess, it is to us, but we’ll use 40 or so ourselves. Shoot, right there alone means we’ll only have in the upper 300’s left! LOL! These we’ll give away to family and friends. We can’t wait to see the percentage of germination number one, we’re curious to see how well they grow off, and what varieties we prefer.

It’s overkill this time around, but we’re having a ball messin around with it so far. This is going to be a BIG boost for us nutritionally, and we can’t wait to see how the tomatoes will do year round. I keep a pretty sad face if tomato season goes out anymore!

Well, that’s about all we’ve got goin on in the greenhouse right now…unless you want to hear about the 160 or so pepper plants we just seeded…well, do you?? LOL! We did plant that many peppers though. Tomorrow or Thursday…who knows??

Today we’re sharing three recipes that come from a church cookbook out of Apopka, where Mom and Dad live and have now for about 42 years. It’s called “Treasures and Pleasures,” and it has some very good recipes in it. I think today, let’s talk cakes…

Feather Sponge Cake

  • 6 egg yolks
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon lemon or orange extract
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 cups flour

With mixer beat egg yolks well and add ½ cup water. Add sugar, vanilla, and lemon or orange extract. Add flour and 1-1/2 cups water mixing well. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar and fold into mixture.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake on 325 for approximately 1 hour or until done when tested…straw comes out clean.

Mary Land Miller

Orange Slice Cake

Mix together

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Cut Up

  • 1 package (16 oz) candied orange slices
  • 1 small package dates
  • 1 (3-14 oz) can flaked coconut


Mix orange slices, dates, coconut and flour together. Add to cake batter. Bake in two loaf pans (greased and floured) or one tube pan (greased and floured) for 1-1/2 hours on 275.

Have next ingredients ready to pour on when taken out of the oven…

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 grated orange peel (optional)

Bring to a boil. Pour over cake while still hot and let cool in pans. Store in refrigerator.

Lorena (Jack) Standard

Lena McCormack’s Hillbilly Cake

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup chopped dates or raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ lb. margarine
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice

Mix above and boil two minutes. Cool, then add

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pecans

Mix and bake in a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan on 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven; while warm, spread icing:

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Return to oven and bake 20 minutes more. Test for doneness. This is very good served warm.

Lou Lynch Rye

Closing out today with a little something from Bill and Sandi…out Mobile way.

When asked by a young patrol officer
“Do you know you were speeding?”
This 83-year-old woman gave the young officer an ear to ear smile and stated:
“Yes, but… I had to get there before I forgot where I was going.”
The officer put his ticket book away and bid her good day.

You guys have a great day, and God Bless. Deb says…keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!

Dub and Deb

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