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These family recipes are all tried & true. Let me know if you try 'em and like 'em!! Or, e-mail me if you've got one for me to try & add to this site! Remember to tell me the family story :) Karen Zach

"Angel Food Cake"

I got this cake from my Aunt Hulda Smith. I used to think I was big stuff when a child, helping her use the wire beater -- in other words, this is a bit hard to make, but WELL WORTH THE EFFORT!!!!!!!! KZ

Use wire beater for all of cake and have eggs at room temperature.

Sift: 1 C. Cake Flour and
1 C. Confectioner Sugar 7 times

Sift: 1 C. Granulated Sugar 4 times

Beat 12 large Egg Whites.

When foamy add:
1 1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1/4 tsp. salt

Beat until whites hold their shape -- about 7 minutes.
Add granulated sugar 1 T. at a time.
Add flour/sugar mixture 1 T. at a time.
Add 1 T. Fresh Lemon Juice

Pour in unoiled tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes.


1/3 C. Butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
1 # Confect. Sugar
3 T. Milk

Mix butter, vanilla, yolk until well blended. Add sugar alternately with milk. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!


"Auntie's Pineapple Upside Down Cake"

This is another of my Aunt Hulda's great recipes and one of my fav cakes!!! My grandmother, Hazel Morgan Smith, also made this cake, so I assume Aunt Hulda got it from her recipe file. I calculate this being over 55 years old. KZ

2 Eggs -- beat 5 minutes.

Gradually add 2/3 C. Sugar -- beat in (all at once)
6 T. Pineapple Juice plus
1 tsp. Vanilla.

Add (all at once)
1 C. Flour and
1/3 tsp. Baking Powder and
1/4 tsp. Salt.

Melt 1/3 C. Butter in 10" skillet or baking dish.
Sprinkle 1/2 C. Brown sugar evenly over butter and arrange fruit (pineapple rings and a marachino cherry in the middle of each) - make batter and pour over fruit.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes -- immediately turn upside down onto a serving platter. -- DO NOT REMOVE FROM PAN FOR A FEW MINUTES. Lift pan off cake when it has set a few minutes.


"Chocolate Sheath Cake"

I never did figure out if this was Sheath or Sheet (that makes more sense since you bake it in a long, sheet pan; however, when the recipe was given to me, this was its name) but anyway, it's a GOOD cake. I got this recipe at my wedding shower in 1968 from Rita Kelsey, a friend. Karen Zach

2 C. Sugar
2 C. Flour -- set aside
1 stick margarine
4 Tsp. Cocoa
1/2 C. Crisco
1 C. Water

Bring to boil and pour over flour mixture. Stir Well.

1/2 C. Buttermilk
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix well and pour in greased 16 x 11 flat pan. Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees.


5 minutes before cake is done -- in saucepan

melt 1 stick butter
4 T. Cocoa and
6 T. Milk.

Add 1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. chopped nuts.

Stir together until smooth.
Pour on hot cake. SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!


"Caramel Cake"

I'm not real sure where I got this recipe but I'm a REAL Caramel fan (I could live without chocolate, but NOT caramel) and I love it -- if you like caramel, you better try this cake, TODAY!!! Karen Z

1 box brown sugar (2 Cups)
1 C. Butter
1 C. Hot Water


2 C. Flour
1 tsp. soda
2 eggs
dash salt.

Put in 13 x 9 pan and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sprinkle 1 cup pecans on top when cake gets out of oven and cool completely.


1/2 C. Butter;
add 2 C. Brown Sugar.

Bring to boil;
stir 1 minute or until slightly thick.

Cool slightly -- add
1/4 C. milk

beat smooth.

Beat in 3 1/4 C. sifted confect. sugar until of spreading consistency. YUMMY!!!


"ELVIS Presley Cake"

This may be called something else. It is one of my newer (maybe 8-10 years old) recipes and I know I got it from someone I taught with but not sure who. Anyway, I love pineapple so to me, this is awesome. As far as EP goes, loved to hear him sing his blues/hymns but hated to watch him gyrate - UGH

Bake a White Cake Mix. Then poke holes in the top of it. Plenty.

Boil 8-oz can of Crushed Pineapple with the juice and 1 Cup of sugar then pour over the cool cake.

In a large bowl, mix 8-oz. of Cream Cheese, 1/2 C. Soft Butter, 3 C. Powdered Sugar. Add 1 tsp. Vanilla and Crushed Pecans. Mix well and put on top of cake. VERY good!!


"Fancy Cupcakes"

This recipe came from my husband's mother (well, I consider her MY mother, too), Joan Kritz Zach at Christmas 1975!

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate and
1/2 lb. butter;


2 C. pecans, stir until well coated.

In mixing bowl, combine
1 3/4 C. Sugar;
1 C. Flour and
4 large beaten eggs.

Blend, but do not beat.

Stir chocolate and pecan mixture into this and stir in
1 tsp. vanilla.

Fill muffin tins until completely full.

Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes; cool 8-10 minutes before removing.


"Italian Cream Cake"

Well, since I'm Italian and this came from my Italian cousin's wife (Jeanie Nestler Certain) it's gotta' be good
I also note Christmas 1975 must have been a fattening year since I got this recipe at the same time as the one above!!! Karen Z

1/2 C. Crisco
1 C. Buttermilk
1 stick butter
2 C. Sugar
2 C. Flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. coconut
1 tsp. soda
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
5 eggs, separated

Cream crisco, butter and sugar.

Add 5 egg YOLKS one at a time -- beat after each.

Add dry ingredients along with buttermilk and vanilla.
Stir in coconut and chopped nuts.
Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.

Bake in 3 greased 9" pans 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


1 Stick Butter
1, 8-oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 Cup Pecans
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Box Powdered Sugar

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Ice Cooled cake. DELICIOUS!!!!!


"Lemon Cake"

This is another recipe I received from my wonderful mother-in-law and since it's dated 1968, the year I was married I either got it at my wedding shower (they were to bring a recipe) or at least the first year of wedded bliss!!!! By the way, Jim Zach and I have been married 42 years (as of Jan 13, 2010) and it's still blissful!! KZ

1 Lemon Cake Mix (Duncan Hines)
1 pkg. instant lemon pudding
3/4 C. Oil
3/4 C. Water
4 Eggs

Beat together. Bake in 13 x 9 pan 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

When cake is baked and STILL HOT, punch holes all over the top (I use a knife)


2 C. Powdered Sugar
1/3 C. Lemon Juice
2 T. Water
2 T. Melted Butter

Pour this over the cake -- it will seep down into the holes and is a VERY moist cake and lasts a long time -- it was nice for just the two of us (before our two munchkins came along) since it stays good several days and now that we're old and it's just the two of us again, it's still a great cake to make.


"Milky Way Cake"

I've always tried to write down where recipes come from, in case I ever have a question about one. I don't remember nor did I write down where this recipe came from, but I've ALWAYS made it. It may have been from my chocolate-loving mother-in-law !! For sure, this one is NOT FOR THE SQUEEMISH!! You MUST be a TRUE chocolate lover to appreciate its RICHNESS!! However, if you like Milky Ways and you LOVE chocolate, then you're going to think this is the VERY BEST cake you've ever tasted!! Karen Z

8 Milky Ways
2 Sticks Butter
1 1/4 C. Sour Milk
1/2 tsp. soda
2 C. Sugar
2 1/2 C. Flour
4 eggs
1 C. Chopped Nuts

Melt candy bars and 1 stick butter. Cream rest of ingredients and add melted, cooled candy mix. Bake 45 minutes in 13 x 9 pan.


2 1/2 C. Sugar and
1 C. Evaporated Milk

Cook to soft ball!

6-oz. chocolate chips;
1 C. Marshmallow Creme;
1 stick butter.

Stir until melted. The Icing alone is basically chocolate fudge -- see, I told you it was VERY RICH!!!


"Mini Cheesecakes"

Mary Helen Loveless, one of my all-time-favorite Daughters of the American Revolution members gave me this recipe after I tasted them at a DAR meeting many years ago. They're easy, fun and a little different -- I made them for Bluebirds, Boy Scouts, you name it -- and they're ALWAYS a HIT!! Karen Z -- WHOOPS -- see I have these on another part of the recipes - oh, well, it's worth it twice :)

2, 8-oz. Cream Cheese
2 beaten Eggs
3/4 C. Sugar
1 T. Vanilla
1 T. Lemon Juice
24 Vanilla Wafers
24 muffin tin liners

Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each liner. Mix the softened cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice (beat until fluffy).

Place about 2 T. of batter on top of each vanilla wafer.

Bake about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Chill. Place a bit of strawberry (or other kinds -- even chocolate, etc. -- be creative) jam on top of each.


"Oatmeal Cake"

We used to own a restaurant and one of our cooks brought the ingredients three different times in one evening for me to make him an oatmeal cake, so hey, this cake's gotta' be good, huh? But, again, I didn't write down where I got the recipe. It may have been from my husband Jim's grandmother, Sarah "Alice" Thompson Kritz. I remember she loved it, anyway.

1 1/2 C. boiling water
1 C. Quick oatmeal ---- let stand.

1/2 C. Shortening
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. White Sugar
2 eggs, beaten.

If oats are soft, mix these mixtures together.

Then add:
1 1/2 C. Flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Bake at 350 degress for 30 minutes -- DO NOT OVERBAKE.


1 C. White Sugar
3 beaten egg yolks
1 C. Carnation Milk
1 stick butter

Bring to boil.

Take off and add:
1 tsp. vanilla;
1/2 to 1 C. Nuts and
1/2 C. Coconut.

This cake reminds you of German Chocolate Cake. And, by the way, I'm eating a piece of it as I type!! Wish you were here, don't you????


"Pineapple Easy Cake"

Actually, this recipe is already out there somewhere in internet land. I received an e-mail from a lady in Australia who calls it Karen's Kake, though -- she said she took it to her mother's retirement home party and everyone there loved it and they're passing it all around "down under." Hey, be my guest, isn't that what recipes are for -- to share? Anyway, this recipe makes one of my daughter, Suzie's favorite cakes. It is TRULY EASY (the only thing hard about it is getting it done "just right" -- don't overbake it or it is dry - but don't underbake it either, or, obviously, it's not done -- but just think how EASY it is to mix-up all in one pan!!) It's SCRUMPTIOUS, too!

2 C. Sugar
2 tsp. soda
2 C. Flour
#2 Can Crushed Pineapple - do not drain
2 Eggs (hey, maybe we should call it the 2 cake?????)

Mix above ingredients in a 9 x 13 pan. DO NOT GREASE. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.


8-oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/2 Stick Butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. Confectioners Sugar.

Cream all together -- frost cooled cake.


"Raw Apple Cake"

Kathryn Hallett, one of my favorite "genealogy buddies" gave me this recipe when I visited her on a genealogy quest years ago when I first started researching -- probably about 1969 or 1970.

2 C. Diced Apples, peeled
1 C. Sugar
1 Egg
1 T. Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 C. Flour
1 tsp. Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 C. Chopped Nuts

Mix sugar with apples, let stand until sugar semi liquifies; add egg, oil, vanilla and beat well; add dry ingredients and nuts.

Pour into a 8" square pan.
Bake 350 degress for 40 minutes.

Cover immediately with hot sauce below.


1/4 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. White Sugar
1 T. Flour
1/2 C. Water

Cook until clear; then add:
2 T. Butter
1/2 tsp. Vanilla.

Mix well! Pour over HOT cake!


"Red Cake"

Aunt Hulda again! I think she got this at a Christmas Party where she worked -- R.R. Donnelley, in Crawfordsville, Indiana (but, don't quote me on that). Anyway, she HAD to make it for us EVERY Christmas for at least 30 years. I'm kind of ashamed because I've only made it a few times -- I admit I'm into EASY recipes, and this isn't but it is TRULY worth the effort, if you'll just put some out (effort, that is!) KZ.

Note: My sister-in-law does a variation - well, actually a completely different cake recipe beginning with a plain white cake mix, adding the red food coloring and it is better than this one but I'm not sure exactly how to make it.

1 1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Crisco Shortening
2 well-beaten Eggs

Mix this together well.

2 1/2 C. Cake Flour
1 tsp. Salt

mix together well.

1 C. Buttermilk
1 T. Vanilla


2-oz. Red Food Coloring
2 tsp. Cocoa


1 T. Vinegar
1tsp. Soda


Cream shortening and sugar; add eggs.

Add flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately.

Add coloring mixture and soda/vinegar mixture.

Mix well.

Bake in layer pans (oiled & floured) at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

When cooled completely, make the two layers into four -- this is a little tricky. I've even put them in the freezer -- they're easier to cut that way.


3 T. Flour
1 C. Milk

cook and let get thick. Set aside and cool.

1 C. Butter
1 C. Sugar until fluffy.

Spoon 1 T. at a time into the cooked mixture and beat.
Beat 5-10 minutes until spreading consistencey.

2 C. Powdered Sugar a little at a time.

This is a very unique eating experience!!!!


"Rhubarb Cake"

I'm really not a big rhubarb fan, but I like this cake. It came from Jeanie Certain in May of 1978 -- is that rhubarb season in Indiana? Must be!! KZ

1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 C. White Sugar
1 Egg
2 C. Flour
1 tsp. Soda
1 C. Buttermilk

Put 1/2 batter in 13 x 9 pan.

Add 1 1/2 C. Rhubarb and top with remaining batter.

Top with
1 1/3 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon.

Bake 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Serve warm with Cool Whip.


SALAD DRESSING (Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise) CAKE

Although my niece, Nikki Bazzani Wendelin probably doesn't remember it, she LOVED this cake when she was small -- she always begged me to make it and I did many times, including once for her birthday. I have no idea, though where the recipe came from.

2 C. Flour

4 T. Cocoa

1 1/2 C. Sugar

2 tsp. Soda. Sift together 3 times.

Add to following mixture:

1 C. Miracle Whip

1 C. Warm Water

1 tsp. vanilla.

Bake 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

I iced this (most of the time) with boughten (white) Icing but don't tell Nikki -- hey, the CAKE part was homemade!!! Recently, I made the icing on the Cocoa box - it was GREAT. My grandson, AJ, voted it the best ever chocolate cake he'd tasted and he LOVES chocolate Cake. However, a week or so later, when I said something about the Mayonnaise cake he about choked as he HATES mayonnaise. Today, though (March 21, 2010) he asked me to make it for him : Guess he doesn't care as long as it's great!


"Sock-It-To-Me Cake"

I know where I got this one -- from my very good friend, Linda Friars' dad, Richard Watson. He got it somewhere, sometime when he was driving a truck!!! I absolutely love this carmelly-tasting cake! KZ

2/3 C. Wesson Oil
4 Eggs
1 Box Duncan Hines Butter Yellow Cake Mix
1 C. Sour Cream
2 tsp. vanilla

Pour 1/2 of batter in a tube pan.

2 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. brown sugar.

Sprinkle over batter and pour rest of batter on top and bake for 45-50 minutes at 375 degrees.


1 C. Brown Sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 stick oleo(margarine)
4 T. Cream (Evaporated Milk)

Bring to a boil. Punch holes in cake and pour glaze over while warm.

This is VERY moist, VERY good and pretty simple to make. It's caramelly -- no wonder I like it!!!!


"Sugar Cream Cake"

If you like Sugar Cream Pie, you'll LOVE simply LOVE Sugar Cream Cake. This recipe came from a recipe book my son's class did when they were in 6th grade. It also happened to be (I think this is cute) my son's little girlfriend at the time's recipe. My, I must have been making this as one of our favorite cakes for about 30 years now!! In the last few years my oldest grandson, Austin has loved this cake only he calls it Snickerdoodle Cake and it does remind you of the cookies. KZ

Yellow Cake Mix (2-layer size)
4 Eggs
1/2 C. Soft Butter
8-oz. Cream Cheese
1 # Confectioner's Sugar.

Mix together

2 of the eggs, the cake mix and butter -- (this will be thick, so DON'T panic) -- SPREAD in 9 x 13 pan.

Blend the other 2 eggs, cream cheese and sugar. Pour over other mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown!

THIS IS GOOD, I'm telling you -- this is good!!!!!!!


"Turtle Cake"

A fairly common recipe, but I couldn't call this homepage "My Family Recipes" without including it as it is one of my son, Jay's favorites!! KZ

1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix
3/4 C. Melted Butter
1/2 C. Carnation Milk

mix and spread 1/2 in greased 13 x 9 pan.

Bake 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

1 Pkg. Kraft Caramels
1/3 C. Carnation Milk

Melt and drizzle over baked batter!

1 C. Pecans
1 C. Chocolate Chips over top.

Spoon rest of batter on top and bake 18-20 minutes more.


"Twinkie Cake"

You're right, just as the name indicates, this cake tastes like Twinkies. I got this from my brother-in-law's (Brad Hurt) sister-in-law, Linda, I think at a 4th of July gathering years ago.It's quite tasty and if you're a chocolate lover use Chocolate Pudding Cake Mix instead of the Yellow Pudding Cake and you will have a cake that resembles Hostess Cup Cakes. KZ

Yellow Pudding Cake Mix -- fix as directed -- bake in 13 x 9 pan -- turn out and freeze 1 hour -- cut in 1/2 - lengthwise.


1 Cup Milk
5 T. Flour

stir until thick -- cool COMPLETELY!


2 C. Confectioner Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Crisco
1/2 C. Butter

Whip these ingredients until fluffy -- mix with cooled milk and whip again!

Spread on 1/2 of cake -- add other 1/2!

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