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Prune and Walnut Butter Spice Cake (shelley Rodgers)

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Servings: 4
Categories: Cakes / Desserts

    Here's a vintage recipe for
    Prune & walnut spice cake.
    It is
    One that my husband's
    Maternal grandmother used to
    Mother-in-law recently found
    The recipe while going
    Through piles
    'stuff', she remembers her
    Mother making it & sent me a
    Via my husband (boy, was
    *she* taking a chance at
    That! He
    Frequently forgets to relay
    Messages or deliver packages
    This time he came through.)
    Well, I decided to surprise
    Him one
    Night & fixed it. He came
    Home from work &
    *immediately* said
    That it smelled like
    Grandma's cake! After
    Tasting it, he
    Pronounced it perfect, just
    *exactly* how he remembered
    It used
    To taste. I was very
    Gratified The memory of
    Smell is very
    Powerful - one whiff of a
    Substance can send you
    Reeling back
    Through Memory Lane. My
    Opinion of grandma's cake?
    OK, but not
    Don't have the same
    Sentimental attachment that
    My husband does.).
    (You have to realize that I

2 c cake flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg Cream together in mixer: 1/2 c butter 3/4 c sugar 3/4 c lt brown sugar 3 eggs 1 c buttermilk 1/2 tsp almond extract 3/4 c cooked prunes, chopped + chopped prunes for garnish 1 c walnuts, chopped fine + walnuts for garnish Cherries for garnish Coffee Butter Frosting: 1 lb powdered sugar 1/2 c butter 1 egg 4 tsp powdered instant coffee (more for stronger flavor) 1 Tbsp cream 1 tsp vanilla Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Cream together the butter, sugars, and eggs. Add the buttermilk and almond extract alternately with the dry ingredients. Add cooked prunes and 1 c walnuts. Pour into 2 (9") pans and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes. When cool, frost with Coffee Butter Frosting (below) and top with chopped prunes, walnuts and cherries. Coffee Butter Frosting: Mix together the powdered sugar, butter, egg, cofffee, cream and vanilla. Maye Laurencelle (Tom Rodgers' grandmother)

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