Hello! Welcome to a fun series here at YoT, called Millicent and Malia. It all started when I was gifted a vintage treasure: my Grandmother Millicent's recipe box.
I peeked inside and found hundreds of well-loved recipes carefully handwritten on index cards. They were irresistible. Bacon Grease Cookies, Washington Clam Hash and Cottage Cheese Delight are just a few of the intriguing titles.
Millicent and Malia around 1974
So I decided to follow in Grammy Millicent's foot steps– on in this case "food steps" and make some of her favorite dishes. I'm kicking off the first summer recipe here today: Lemon Velvet Cake. I am not sure what makes a cake technically a "velvet cake" but in this case I think it's the use of pudding to get a moist texture.
Lemon Velvet Cake
Ingredients for the Cake: 1 package Lemon Cake Mix (NO pudding added to the dry cake mix), a box of lemon pudding mix, 4 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, 3/4 cups of water. The grated rind of one orange.
Directions for Cake:
Combine all ingredients on medium speed until well blended. Mix on high for the last 30 seconds. (Mixture will be light).
Pour mixture in greased 9 x 13 pan.
Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Ingredients for Glaze: 2 cups of powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
Directions for Glaze: Blend until creamy. As soon as cake is done, prick with fork and pour mixture over cake.
Moist, light and refreshing. The citrus prevents this cake from being too sweet, even with the powdered sugar icing.
Thanks for joining me for one of my favorite Millicent and Malia recipes. It's so fun learning about what my Dad and his family were eating in the fifties and sixties. It gives me a warm feeling to think of my Grandmother as a Mom cooking meals for her family… and party food for her friends.
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That looks amazing and I love that it came from your grandmother.
You are truly blessed.
I love the title and I love the Heart behind this post! The cake looks FABULOUS also!!!! sending hugs to you and to Grammy M — I think she is smiling at you from above! (((Hugs)))
This is one of my favorite cakes. When my mom was alive she would make one for my birthday every year :-)
Another great recipe! It looks amazing and delicious!
Jane Harrah says
It’s about time your brought Millicent back for a visit! Sounds delish and I will try it only not with lemon……………..lol! Don’t keep Millicent away so long next time.
Mmmmm!! That looks delicious!!! I can’t wait to try it, LOVE lemon!
Love the series! This recipe looks amazing! I also love the name Millicent! It’s my 8-year-old daughter’s name! We call her Millie
Kealey Bird says
Could you share the bacon grease cookie recipe thak love your blog.
Susan @ Oh My! Creative says
My mother made a lemon cake for Easter…couldn’t eat is fast enough! Nothing fancy, but soooo good! I was just thinking back to the recipes my family made when I was growing up…they are not recipes of today – simple and not fancy! And no one focused on presentation! The food was simple, healthy and good! Love lemon cake!
This is such a delicious looking cake. I followed you over from Southern Lovely and would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts, on my link party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend.
Donna Connolly says
YUMMMMY! Anything LEMON always catches my attention…Thank you so much for this recipe.
Have a wonderful weeks end,