Saturday, July 17, 2010

Baby Food Prune Cake

Mix together in bowl:
1 3/4 c. flour
1/4 t. ground cloves
1 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. vegetable oil
2 small jars strained prunes (plums may be substituted)

Mix thoroughly and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes in greased 9x9" pan.  For topping, use whipping cream, powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting.

From whence it came:  Here's another great recipe that came from a church bulletin.  I still have the original bulletin, but there's no name on it so I can't give anyone credit. 

Dear person who posted this crazy slash fabulous recipe in the church bulletin all those years ago...Thank you!

Why it's blogable:  Although it's quite possibly one of the weirdest titled recipes of all time, it's delicious!  It is very much like a spice cake, but the baby food prunes make it super moist.  And, it's so fun to make it and then have people go crazy for it and then tell them what's in it.  Everyone is always shocked to find out the "secret weapon" in this cake. 

Why I'm posting it now:  I've been saving this wonderful recipe for just the right time, and now, today, this very minute is just the right time.  I've been thinking about my Funfetti post.  I've been thinking about my daughter's Funfetti issues.  Basically, I've just been thinking about cake.  I like thinking about cake.  And cookies.  Thinking of cake and cookies is a favorite activity of mine.

I was thinking about all my favorite cake recipes and I just knew it was time to post this one.  This week my baby girl became an adult.  Yesterday I took her to the doctor and when they needed to have a form signed, she signed it herself!  Herself!  She didn't need her mommy to sign it for her.  I was devestated.  From here on out life will be full of things that she no longer needs her mommy for.  Being needed is a very important part of my psyche.  Quite possibly the biggest part.  I'm going to need some therapy.  And cookies.  Lots of cookies!  Forget the therapy, the cookies should do the trick.

As if that milestone wasn't enough, just a week or so before that, I turned half a century old.  That's old.  I've come to the time in my life when I have to decide if the risk of buying green bananas is too great.  I've come to a time in my life when I no longer spend time on the baby diaper aisle at Super Walmart, but soon I may find my self spending time on the adult diaper aisle.  Soon!  I've come to the time in my life when I may need to add the word "prunes" to my grocery list.  Remember when I told you about the grandparents of The Spy Who Loves Me?  They were all about prunes!

Are you beginning to see how my twisted mind works?  First I think about my baby girl becoming an adult, then I think about my oldness, which makes me think about prunes, which makes me remember this great recipe!  Wha-la! 

Make this recipe, guys!  Don't be afraid!  It's yum-e!

Click here to get the printable:
Baby Food Prune Cake

Hope you enjoy stirring it up!


  1. Pam, you are so funny!!! I love reading your stuff!

  2. Pam ... what size in ounces are the small jars of baby food? It's been about, ahem, over 37 years since I had to buy baby food. Don't they have teenie jars, now? Every prune cake recipe I find says so and so jars of baby food, but no ounces, or anything. My mother made prune cake all the time, but she put caramel icing on it. And, by the way, if I could, I would hang a bottle of Montreal Seasoning around my neck so I could sniff it hahaha!