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Friday, July 30, 2010

Favorite Things-Vintage Cake Saver & Mary's Cake

Today I am joining Laurie @ Bargain Hunting and chatting with Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday. Be sure to visit her and see all the fabulous treasures everyone is showing.

This is a post that I did last summer, but since this is one of my favorite things and the cake I make to go with this vintage cake saver is perfect for summer, I thought I would repeat it again.

Do any of you remember going to your grandmothers or a favorite friends house and seeing one of these wonderful cakesavers? This one belonged to my Aunt Hazel and everytime you would go to visit her she always had this cakesaver sitting on the counter and it always had something wonderful inside that she had just baked. Hers was the kind of house that always smelled so good and you were always so hungry when you were there. You know that kind. She spent hours and hours teaching me how to cook, and always praised you no matter how bad you messed up. She even forgave that I never could learn how to make bread. So needless to say one of my favorite things is this wonderful cakesaver and her favorite recipe for a cake that tastes just like summer. This wonderful cake has lemon, orange, pineapple, coconut and almond. It just melts in your mouth.

It makes 3 very light and fluffy layers.

And the icing is a cooked one just full of pineapple and coconut. Yum

She always put it in a pie pan to save every drop of icing she always said.

Then in it would go into her wonderful cakesaver.

Of course she would cut you a piece, and sometimes a really big one.

Whenever I make this cake, I always use her cakesaver and the fabulous cake comb with the baklite handle that she used. Sweet memories of a very neat Aunt and childhood. Her recipe was her mother's and it is called "Mary's Cake. Please enjoy.

1 1/2 c. sugar - 1/2 c. shortning - 3 eggs - 2 c. flour - 3 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk - 1 tsp. vanilla - 1/2 tsp lemon juice - 2 tsp. orange peel - 1/2 tsp. almond. Grease and flower 3 8" pans and bake at 350 for 20 to 25 min.

Icing - 3 well beaten eggs - 2 c. sugar - sm. can crushed pineapple - 1 c. coconut. Cook until thick, add 2 tbl. butter, beat until butter melts. Let cool and then frost layers.

I am also joining The Tablescaper for Summer Sundays. Be sure to stop by and see all the summer fun.

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy the visit.


  1. This looks great, wish I had a piece now! The cake is beautiful, the saver is unique, and the memories are perfect! Happy weekend!

  2. Marty, I will definitely make this cake and I LOVE the cake saver. I actually have a collection of them- my husband made me a shelf up high in my laundry room to display them. I never could understand why they're not made anymore- so much nicer than Rubbermaid ones!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Well, my mouth is watering for that gorgeous cake! I just love the cake saver-what a treasure! It is in perfect condition, too!
    AND-we have the same dishes!

  4. Boy, that cake looks so good. I have never seen or heard of a cake comb. That is new to me. My grandmother's house always smelled like something good was baking. We usually went at Christmas to visit and she would have tin after tin of different Christmas cookies and she would let me eat as many as I wanted. Such sweet memories of my childhood. She did have a server like that, too.

  5. Oh my! That looks and sounds so good!! I remember those cake savers well - Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.

  6. Oh My Goodness Marty...
    Sweetie I love this cake carrier. I do remember Grandma's. I thought she was really rich because she had this special place to keep her cake.

    Now this recipe looks and sounds so wonderful. I have got to try it and I will let you know how it turns out. Ooh I would so love to have one of these cake combs. What a great item for the kitchen. I must add that to my searches.

    Have a gorgeous day my friend. I understand you, Jamie and CeeKay are taking a special trip. Hope you all have a great time.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  7. Oh Yum, wonderful treasures, good looking cake!

  8. What a great story and wonderful cake...yummy. You have a treasure there!

  9. The cake looks delicious!! I can see how the comb would be useful. I've never seen one before.

  10. Just a wonderful story about your Aunt. I love the old cakesaver!

  11. I have never seen this cake-saver before. Your cake is off the chain yummy! olive♥

  12. You made me think of my grandmother with this post. She ALWAYS had pound cake, coke (in a bottle), and DooDads snack mix for us to eat.

    That cake looks so good!!


    Robin :o)

  13. Hello Marty,

    The cake sounds and looks delicious. I am definitely going to try this one. I love vintage cake and pie savers. I have a few of them from my grandmother and great grandmother. I also have my grandmother's cake cutter (comb). I love the memories they invoke when I use them.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe for Mary's Cake.

    ~ Tracy

  14. G'eve Marty ~ Oh, yes I sure do remember those cake savers & cake combs ... they went to every family gathering, picnic, church event & so on. This cake looks delicious ... have to try it.

    Have a lovely PINK summer's weekend ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  15. Marty, "Mary's Cake" look delicious. Isn't it fun to have the cake saver and cake comb from this very special family member. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

  16. You know Marty, if you wanted to bring that cake (well maybe a new one) with you next Tues. I don't think there would be a problem with it getting eaten . . .
    :) HUGS! Karen

  17. Marty, what a GREAT post! Thank you for the recipe. I am going to chack out your blog.

  18. Your cake looks so good, Marty! And I realy like the vintage cake holder too...Christine

  19. I can almost taste that cake.. what a beautiful saver that is.. I remember those from my grandma's kitchen.. I have the rubbermaid... It works great but it sure doesnt have the LOOK..


  20. Loved hearing your story about your cake saver. The cake looks delicious. Wish they made cake savers like that today, love it!


  21. I've never seen one of those cake savers, Marty. How nice to have a remembrance of your Aunt Hazel. Her cake recipe will live on, too- it sounds yummy. I love pineapple and coconut separately, but will enjoy trying them together in this recipe. Thanks for posting it! hugs, Sue

  22. Oooh that looks delicious! What a great way to remember your Aunt and her treasures!

  23. I remember this, and I'm still drooling over that cake (and the cakesaver too!) But most of all, I love the memories you shared of your Aunt. Precious indeed. Hugs, Kat

  24. Hi Marty, the cakesaver is wonderful.

    And, the cake is making my mouth water. Oh, how delicious it looks. Yummo!!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  25. This is the sweetest thing ever. I haven't used my cake saver in years because our kitchen is so small. Now I'm thinking I'm going to GET IT OUT!

    Thanks for the recipe, too! Sounds wonderful~


  26. Your cake looks delicious!!! I found one of those aluminum cake savers at a garage sale a few years ago and I wanted to keep it so badly, but I gave it to my sister. I will just have to look for another one. I recently started collecting other aluminum pieces.

  27. Looks like sticky yummy gooey goodness! I've never seen a cake comb like that. What a great idea for a tender moist cake.

  28. Marty, it's hard to believe that cake saver has been used so much. It is in perfect condition. I love that you can remember all of your good times with your aunt when you use her cake saver, and you have really put it to good use with this scrumptuous looking cake. Thank you for sharing the recipe, and thank you for linking this to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  29. Looks really yummy. Thanks for sharing.