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Homemade Birthday Cakes

With my birthday this week, cakes have definitely come to mind. My mom never bought cakes– she always let me pick a delicious and amazing cake from her recipe book, and then she made it for me with her own two hands. They made for some sweet memories!

Plum Cake

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 small jars plum baby food
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Your choice of icing (vanilla or buttercream is recommended)

Mix the oil and sugar. Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time. Sift together flour, cinnamon, and cloves and add to mixture. Add baby food, vanilla, and pecans. Mix well. Bake at 300° for 1 hour. Frost with icing when completely cooled.


Pineapple-Orange Cake


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 regular can mandarin oranges
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 eggs


  • 1 large Cool Whip
  • 1 large instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple

For the cake, combine all the ingredients, being sure NOT to drain the oranges. Beat for two minutes and then pour the mixture into a pan. Bake at 350° for twenty-five to thirty-five minutes.

For the frosting, mix the pineapple and pudding. Fold in the Cool Whip and spread over cake.

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