With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Aunt Lydia's Coffee Cake

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Aunt Lydia's Coffee Cake

This cake was my mother-in-laws signature dessert.
Hazel served it at every backyard barbecue, and get-together, which in her family, happened frequently.

Hazel and her seven siblings were raised in a farmhouse at the top of the hill by Elsie and Ed.
From Top left:
Irene, Hazel
Elsie, Ted
Twins Walter and Warren
Ernie and Fred
As the kids grew up and married, those who wanted were given a block of land to build their own home.
Hazel and Jack built their home right along side her sister Irene and sister Elsie and Uncle Wes.
My husband grew up with many of his cousins as next door neighbors. 
Hazel and Jack in front of the house she and her siblings grew up in.
Many a Sunday afternoon, the tables and chairs would be set up and the gas grill lit as John's dad, Jack, diligently manned his station to cook the hot-dogs and burgers.

Hazel would be at her Amana Microwave (she was one of the first to own a microwave oven) cooking the bacon for her doctored Campbell Soup beans.
Aunt Elsie and Aunt Irene and other relatives world bring their specialty dishes and all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors and friends would arrive for visiting.
It was a wonderful way to keep the family close.
During one of those backyard barbecues, I met the cutest 2 year old twin boys while I was expecting my twin daughters.  One of those little boys grew up to become my son-in-law.
But that is a really sweet story for another day!
Many years ago, Aunt Irene (Hazel's sister) knew I would love to have a copy of Hazel's special cake and hand wrote the recipe for me.
Aunt Lydia's Coffee Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup salad oil
4 eggs at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. butter flavoring (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsps. cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp butter flavor
and a little cream to desired consistency

In large bowl, place cake mix, pudding mix, water and oil.  Stir to blend.  (I use a mixer)

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Stir in vanilla and butter flavoring if using.

In separate bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts.  Grease and sprinkle on Bundt pan or square pan (I use a 9x13-inch pan).  Place 1/4 cup pecan mixture on the bottom of pan.  Alternate batter with pecan mixture ending with batter.

Bake 1 hour (check after 45-50 minutes).  Remove from oven and invert onto a cake plate immediately.

Drizzle glaze over top of slightly warm cake.

Linking to Michael Lee West's Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum


Mildred said...

How precious that you have Hazel's recipe. I really enjoyed the family history and old photos. I think I can make this recipe - it sounds wonderful. Thank you.

Janice said...

What a lovely story and great pictures. I find it interesting that this special cake uses boxed cake mixes, but I guess it is 'of it's time'.

Michelle said...

I recently found a recipe similar to this one. Mine didn't call for the pudding though. I swear I could have taken a fork and eaten half of it, it was so good.

I so enjoy the recipes you post on your blog.

Cindy said...

Such a sweet tribute to Hazel and thank you for sharing the recipe!

Garden Lady said...

The coffee cake looks delicious. Think I might just have to try it for Saturday breafast. Enjoyed the photos. Thanks for sharing the recipe

Julie Harward said...

How beautiful..I love to see old pictures like this..and I can see why her cake was loved, that is a good recipe! ;D

Kathleen said...

What a great story! Can't wait to hear about the little boy who became your sil!
The cake looks delicious!

Ann said...

I love coffee cake and that one looks delicious.
What a wonderful family story.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Your Aunt's cake looks fabulous, especially with the glaze! Love this one!

Trisha said...

Wonderful! I love that you have a handwritten copy of the recipe. That's priceless!

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, that photograph is priceless. Absolutely priceless. I'd blow that one up and frame it.

The cake sounds pretty delicious, too, and not hard at all. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Tracy said...

Isn't that the sweetest photo at the top of all the kids...so lovely! and that cake, I'd truly like a piece of that; it looks delicious. I have been craving sweets all day long and luckily one of my students brought me two chocolate chip peanut butter cookies today :) Perfect!

Maggie Ann said...

What a beautiful post...they look so nice! And your cake sounds yummy.

sheila @ Elements said...

I really enjoyed the pictures and the stories, and the coffee cake looks so good! Family recipes are such treasures, aren't they! :)

themonkeyunderground said...

Ohhh this sounds wonderful and ingredients I have in my pantry and icebox regularly !Mahalo a nui loa

Lorraine said...

Dear Lorraine,
I was named after my Aunt Lorraine ! When I was a little girl we lived in Glendora, NJ, which is in Camden County. My family is from Philadelphia (I lived in Philly for a while too). I am a born again Christian, where do you go to church? Well, I will follow your blog now!
Love, Lorraine !!

corners of my life said...

Family recipes are the best.
I love the photo of Hazel and Jack. They look so happy.

Mary said...

Hazel and Jack look so sweet and happy in that picture. They must have made a lovely couple. The cake looks and sounds delicious and I want to try it. No pecans in my house! I will have to wait until a visit to the store. Hope your day is a beautiful one!

LDH said...

Remembering Mom! Luv, John

The Fajdich Times said...

I loved the story.......the cake looks wonderful:) Happy Mother's Day:)

ButterYum said...

What a neat post, and wow, stunning looking coffee cake. I love all the old photos, and love reading all about your family. Have a great weekend.


Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Oh, what a great story. It makes a recipe so much sweeter.

I'd love for you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/05/homemade-coffee-creamer/http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/05/homemade-coffee-creamer/

Regina said...

Wow I love to take a bite LDH.
Thank you for sharing such wonderful story.
A blessed weekend.


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a sweet post (no pun intended!). I loved hearing about the background of this recipe and how amazing that that 2 yr old boy became your SIL! I can't wait to hear that story.

crochet lady said...

Thanks for sharing such a lovely history and such a cherished recipe. Can't wait to mix this up for my family.

Beth said...

What a gorgeous coffee cake. Family recipes really are wonderful! Can't wait to hear the story about the two sets of twins!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I'm impressed! Your creativity in photographing this simple cake is amazing. Did the Lilly of the Valley come from your yard?

*The Old Geezer said...

Your mother-in-law Hazel sounds like she was a great woman and a good cook too! :-)

Marysol said...

Beautiful family. And your story is as sweet as aunt Lydia's Coffee Cake!


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