From the beautiful cake for the announcement party-to the triumphantly towering wedding cake--and children's birthday cakes, blazing with candles--to the proud cake celebrating the silver or golden wedding --cakes play an important role in the most significant moments in our lives. ~Betty Crocker
I consider cake right up there with pie as a total comfort food. My mother remembers her Italian Nana ,Anna making fabulous four layer cakes every Sunday. After church you stopped by for meatballs and pasta and the crown jewel for dessert--cake. Sadly, I don't have those memories.
I made a spice cake from my vintage Betty Crocker cookbook and it hit me, when did we stop making cake from scratch. A little checking and I came across this 1950's TV commercial for Betty Crocker cake mixes. The commercial is a hoot! I guess it came about in the 50's that cake mixes were introduced into the homemaker's life. Simpler and easier sure. Yet, I think we have lost a bit of something when we don't make a "from scratch" recipe. There aren't too many preservatives and additives in our food when we bake or cook from scratch. And we are carrying on a lost art, the art of creating beautiful food with our own hands. Now, I am just as thankful for box mixes as the next gal, and I will let you in on a secret; I adore Pillsbury Brownie Mix....shhhhh....don't tell please! I don't like scratch brownies..whooo a burden has been lifted...LOL! Yes, I do use the occasional cake mix, but not always. Frosting from scratch is just 100% better than the canned stuff! That I will always take the time to make. Below the commercial is the spice cake I made from my vintage BC cookbook, it was delicious. If you click on the recipe pic it will enlarge it if you wish to try it. It was a snap!
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Isn't that Betty darlin'!