Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Memories of Double Fudge Cakes!

Childhood's Day
How I remember Saturdays
In the days long gone by,
When Mother in the kitchen
Was baking bread and pie.

How anxiously I waited
For the bread and pie to bake,
Then Mother took a mixing bowl
And began the chocolate cake.

She beat the eggs and sugar well
And added other things,
Then with a big spoon stirred it
Till the batter stood in rings.

The batter looked delicious
As she placed it in the pan,
Then set the bowl on the table...
That's when our fun began.

I remember as though 'twere yesterday
How my mother, gentle soul,
Would smile and look at me and say,
"Now you can lick the bowl."

(The Childhood's Day poem by Lillian Burns Hudson and
chocolate cake photo were found in a 1964 Ideals recipe book.)

I love this poem as it brings back memories of my own mother baking in the kitchen nearly every day...and especially as the Christmas season approached. Bread was daily fare in our house. But goodies like double chocolate cakes were often in the oven when I arrived home from school or came bounding in from playing outdoors.

"Don't walk too heavily," Mom would exclaim. I'd kick my shoes off and tip-toe silently through the kitchen and into the dining room all the while thinking how good that chocolate cake was going to taste!

And how many of you remember your mom smiling and saying, "Now you can lick the bowl"?

The memories and scents of baked goods linger long! The cinnamons, sugars, and frosting fine mix with the fragrance of boughs of pine as holly and gingerbread help fill the house with sweet smells of happiness and Christmas joy! Were there ever better moments than these?

(The Double Fudge Cake and Nut Fudge Frosting recipes, as always,
were provided long ago by the lovely and generous church ladies of the 1950's.)

Please join me as a follower and enjoy the daily postings of OLD/NEW 1950's FREE RECIPES from our vintage past. Every day a new idea for something NEW/OLD to cook and or bake for the delight of your family and friends. Save some or all of the nostalgic recipes! Share them with others! Enjoy! Warm wishes to all!! Coralie

Be sure to visit my other Christmas Memory, a coming of age true tale, "A Christmas Memory for Pink Saturday" on my Vintage Cottage Home blog. Thanks for stopping by!

For more Pink Saturday posts, go to Bev's blog: How Sweet the Sound!


  1. Wow this looks amazing Coralie! I'm sorry I haven't visited in a while. I've been super busy! Hope you have a great weekend honey! Kori xoxo

  2. Great recipe! Looks yummy! I'll have to try it soon

  3. The good old days...I always got to lick the beaters. Of course I had to tell my kids they couldn't because of the poison eggs.


  4. THANKS!!! for the YUMMY!!! recipe.

  5. That cake looks sinfully delicious Coralie! thank you for sharing :) Have a wonderful weekend darling :)

  6. mmmmm...looks amazing. Love that poem, too!

  7. Here we go! My mom's best chocolate cake recipe was exactly the same! Different icing though... That's what she would put the caramel icing on.

  8. I'm ichin to try this recipe. I just love anything chocolate, and so do my children. Mom didn't make homemade chocolate cake, but she did at least make it from the box...we always were allowed to lick the beater sticks. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Love the poem, love the vintage picture, love the recipes, love everything--as always! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Coralie!

  10. I enjoy your blog so very much. I bet my husband would love this cake. I will have to put it in my file for his birthday!

  11. I do believe, that since I've been a good girl the whole year long...a bowl of the frosting alone..will be my sweet reward!

  12. Today was my birthday so I would have loved to have had this. It looks so delicious. Yummy. I'm now following your blog. It's so incredible. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

  13. I couldn't wait to lick the bowl and the beaters! Nothing was better than when Mom was baking! Happy Pink Saturday, Coralie!


  14. Thank you for these, Coralie! They all look so wonderful. My mother, grandmother, and aunt were all three fabulous bakers. Happy Pink Saturday to you...


    Sheila :-)

  15. I loved your post. I remember my momma doing lots of baking too. I'll be back to visit again. what a fun blog! Happy Pink Saturday!

  16. Oh Yum, I can smell it already, Happy PInk Saturday, Char

  17. What a cute poem! I used to love licking the bowls! :) It's fun to think that so many of us looked forward to that.

  18. Yummm you're making me hungry!! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  19. i love this blog! all the extras - vintage images, recipes, poems - enhance your stories so beautifully.


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