Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Galatians 6:4

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Today is the first Day of May.. It wasn't til I was a young adult that I actually knew what May Day was. An older woman was making up these cute little baskets and I asked her what they were for. She looked at me oddly and said "you never heard of May day?".. "ummm..nope" I answered .. and she went on to tell me ....
Each year for her neighbors and friends she made cute little baskets to put flowers, candy or any item she baked in them and hung them on her neighbors and friends doors. It was to be a surprise!! I thought that, that was the COOLEST thing ever... so you know the next year I had to do that!! and then the year after that.. and after that.. it's been the past few years that I have forgotten it as it has passed me by. An older tradition that has melted away with the new...
This sweet strawberry cake recipe looks like a yummy thing to bake up and share!! I love things from scratch.. and I just might make this for my friend's birthday in two weeks!! This Northern Girl is suppose to help her hubby make a Southern Boil... snicker snicker.. we'll see what happens!! Just might have to take pictures of this one!!!
Sweet Strawberry Cake
This delicious strawberry cake recipe is taken from "The White House Cook Book" by Hugo Ziemann, Steward of the White House, and Mrs. F. L. Gillette, published by The Saalfield Publishing Company, New York, in 1913.It makes a rich, four-layer cake that was always a favorite when served at White House dinners. If you are searching for a strawberry layer cake recipe, this homemade cake recipe is the one you want. After all, it was good enough for the White House!
Three eggs, one cupful of sugar, two of flour, one tablespoonful of butter, a teaspoonful, heaped, of baking powder. Beat the butter and sugar together and add the eggs well beaten. Stir in the flour and baking powder well sifted together. Bake in deep tin plate. This quantity will fill four plates.With three pints of strawberries mix a cupful of sugar and mash them a little. Spread the fruit between the layers of cake. The top layer of strawberries may be covered with a meringue made with the white of an egg and a tablespoonful of powdered sugar. Save out the largest berries and arrange them around in circles on the top in the white frosting. Makes a very fancy dish, as well as a most delicious cake.

8 comments:

Lara said...

Hee hee...we are doing a secret sister type thing with the ladies in my church. I wasn't even thinking of May Day when I left flowers on her doorstep today. I hope she knows about it. :)

Mere said...

I wish we had May day traditions like that down here!! I just heard of the May Day protests here and in CA?!?! How sad!! That recipe looks good!!

~Mere

Happywife84 said...

I did the May Day thing one time! I "Want" to do it every year but somehow miss it! sigh. Maybe next year.

The recipe looks wonderful!!!

the real ~Roxann~ said...

the cake looks good....where do you get all the energy to bake up all these yummy concoctions???

cajunquilter said...

oh you must, must, must, did I say MUST? take pictures of the boil!!! this cajun girl can't wait to see them lol !!

Knowing you it will be incredible! we are boiling crabs and crawfish this weekend for our family lol

karin said...

what a wonderful way to start May, and if the Lord keeps me safe, watch me next year, i am going to hang many baskets on May Day!
love the idea
take care
k
xx

Cris said...

To be perfectly honest, I never knew what May Day was either until I just read your blog. I will have to keep this in mind for next year.

Miss French Jessica said...

Yummy cake! I may make this soon! TFS! :) Happy May Day..even though it's a little late! :)