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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Something For Your Sweet Tooth

Hi, everyone. I don't know if it's because I'm trying to eat healthier due to my PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica) or what, but I've been craving sweets. Grrr So to keep me from baking and eating some of my faves, I thought I'd share a favorite family recipe with you.

My Grandfather, John Garland Carr, was, among other things, an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad. He started at Santa Fe during the depression and retired about 1965. His hours were anything but routine depending on the runs he made. He loved his black coffee and my grandmother's pound cake, which she made before every trip. She packed slices in his lunches and he would grab a slice on his way out the kitchen door. In addition to the cake, there was always a pot of coffee sitting on the stove, and he would always stop and take a swig of hot coffee straight from the spout of the pot. I remember watching and wondering how he kept from burning his mouth! Yikes!

The name of the recipe is Crisco Cake, but we all called it John Cake. I hope you'll try the recipe and love it as much as our family does.

John Cake aka Crisco Cake
1 3/4   cup    sugar
2        cups  flour
1        cup    Crisco shortening
5            eggs
1     tsp  vanilla
1/2  tsp  salt
1   Cream sugar and shortening
2   add eggs one at a time, beating well, to make batter fluffier
3   add vanilla
4   Mix salt into sifted flour and add to creamed sugar, shortening and egg mixture
5   Bake one hour at 350 degrees in greased and floured tube pan
Servings: 12

Now it's your turn to share with all of us. What's your fave recipe?
Hugs and Love to all y'all!


  1. Any cake that's flavored with vanilla--and I'm in. My favorite flavor. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. That sounds like the cake my grandmother used to make and called a 1-2-3, except I think she only used 3 eggs. I loved it, especially with a chocolate icing. When I made it, the taste was never the same. My favorite cake is a tie between Italian cream and carrot cake. Now you've made me hungry.

  3. I can almost taste this cake. Actually, I'm craving something sweet. My mother made one similar to this. She never used a recipe, so who knows how much of each ingredient went in it. Thank you for sharing it, Cara.


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