For Debra’s Birthday


Rub or mix to fine crumbs:

    3 ¾ cups flour

    3 cups brown sugar

    2 teaspoons salt

    1 cup shortening (or butter)

Reserve ¾ cup of this mixture, combined with ½ tsp. cinnamon, to sprinkle over cake.

Add to remaining crumbs:

    ¾ teaspoon EACH cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda

Add, and mix until smooth:

    1 ½ cups buttermilk (or milk plus 1 Tablespoon vinegar)

    3 eggs, well-beaten

Pour batter into greased and floured 9″x13″ baking pan. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 or more minutes. Test to see if done.


Mix together:

2 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon soft butter

1 teaspoon almond flavoring

Enough milk to make icing of proper consistency

Drizzle icing over cake while the cake is still hot.

This is one of Debra’s favorite cakes, and is the one I’ll be baking in just a few minutes. We are going to celebrate her 19th birthday this evening, and, as is our custom, the honored birthday person selects the evening’s menu.

I suppose the nutritional changes that we have been implementing (no shortening use, greatly decreasing sugar use, mainly eating whole grain and fresh foods) must be ignored once in a while!

I wish you a very happy birthday, dear Debra! We’ll have fun ordering books together for your birthday present!

4 Responses to “For Debra’s Birthday”

  1. Vivian says:

    My daughter Gina has a birthday today too. She is 38…boy do I feel old!
    All food is good for you on your birthday.
    sounds very yummy…

  2. Lyd says:

    my favorite!
    I should tell Mrs. Rienstra about this and maybe she’ll let us make it in class.