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My Mother’s Mayo Cake

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With Cream Cheese Frosting.

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And this time it really is MY mother’s recipe.  Well, surely she got it from some magazine or the back of the Hellman’s jar a million years ago.

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It starts out very basically:  sugar, mayo, and cocoa powder.  My mother insists that you can only use Hellman’s.

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Isn’t that a beautiful color?  That’s what six heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder will do.  Don’t tell my mom, but I actually used special dark this time.  She doesn’t like change.   See the above Hellman’s remark.

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Add the remaining ingredients and bake away.

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I actually let this cool overnight and made my frosting the next morning.  Let me tell you about this frosting:  It’s your basic cream cheese frosting, or so I thought.  I didn’t have a measurement for the vanilla.  I assumed it would be one teaspoon, but I did a little googling.  It turns out most of the recipes I found had a cup or maybe two of powdered sugar.  Well, my mom doesn’t mess around and this version has four cups.

Get your glass of milk ready.

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For the cake:

1.5 cups granulated sugar

6 heaping TB cocoa powder

1.5 cups mayonnaise

3 cups AP flour

3 tsp baking soda

3 tsp vanilla

1.5 cups water

Combine sugar, mayo, and cocoa powder.  Add flour, baking soda, vanilla, and water.  Grease and flour a 9×13 pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350.

For the frosting:

4 cups powdered sugar

8 ounces softened cream cheese

1 stick of butter

1 tsp vanilla

Mix together and frost.

This cake tastes amazing at room temperature.  However, I am a huge fan of the refrigerated version.  Not to mention there’s that big debate about keeping cream cheese cold and all.

I should mention that we had this for Jake’s birthday!  Sorry I didn’t get a picture with all of the candles.

Eat Well and Savor.

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Seven Layer Cookies

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I thought I would jump from my cake failure to a tried-and-true success.

Some of you may know these as magic bars, but I’ve been eating seven layer cookies every Christmas of my life.  They are so easy, yet every Christmas I have to call my mom to get the recipe.  A couple of years ago I did manage to write it down, but I still had to call for some clarification.  Don’t worry.  I’ve worked out the kinks.

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Heat the oven to 350.  While it’s warming put a stick of butter in a 9×13 pan to melt.  My mom swears that the 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs are to just be layered on top.  But I challenged the cookie gods and actually mixed them in this year.  Shockingly, the world did not end.

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Add two cups of coconut.

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And then 12 ounces of chocolate chips.

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Then my favorite part:  12 ounces of butterscotch chips.  I have had these once with peanut butter chips; someone else made them.  I am not one to discriminate against peanut butter, but I am a firm believer in sticking to the original.

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No.  I didn’t get confused and put a picture of chowder in there.  That is none other than manna from said cookie gods:  Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk.  Not one can, not two cups, but two whole cans.

Lastly, two cups of walnuts.  Although I think I bought the package that was 2-1/2 or 2-2/3 cups and used the whole thing.  No need to toast ahead of time.  Bake for 30 minutes.

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Heaven on a plate.

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I can only make these once a year.  Dec-a-dent.

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Isn’t that the cutest little reindeer?  This is actually an apron that my mother made for me years ago.

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Of course there’s a matching oven mitt and a dish towel to hang on the oven door.

1/2 cup butter

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cups coconut

12 ounces chocolate chips

12 ounces butterscotch chips

2 cans of sweetened condensed milk

2 to 2-1/2 cups of chopped walnuts

Layer in this order in a 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting.

btw – I used Nestle chips and couldn’t help but notice that over the years, much like other products, they have decreased in size from the original 12.  The downfall of America, I say.  If they go down any lower I may have to buy two bags next year.

Eat Well and Savor.