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Desserts for any occasion

By Staff | Mar 4, 2016

A CAKE RECIPE that uses leftover sweet potatoes.


From GRIT magazine

Cakes and cookies make excellent dessert choices.

Your favorite recipe – whether it be on a recipe card or in a favorite cookbook – is undoubtedly splattered with cake batter or smeared with melted chocolate chips, and slightly stained, if the truth be known.

Perhaps it’s time to branch out and try some new recipes. Who knows? Your family and friends may find a new favorite they will clamor for at those rowdy potlucks.

TRY ADDING COOKED navy beans to this oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie recipe for an added subtle flavor and nutrition.

Favorite cake recipes

Mary Salisbury, of Owatonna, Minnesota, requested a number of recipes, including one for sweet potato cake.

In addition, we asked readers to send in their favorite cake recipes to help Mary replace a number of lost recipes.

Beth Harrison, of Elberton, Georgia, sends a recipe from her mother’s collection.

“I don’t know if it was her original recipe or if she copied it from somewhere,” Harrison said, “but it was the only kind of cake my brother would eat. Sadly, both of them are gone now, and I hadn’t thought about this recipe until I read Mary’s request for one.”

COCONUT AND WALNUTS top this oatmeal cake.

Sweet potato surprise cake


21/2 cups sifted cake flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

11/2 cups vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, separated

4 tablespoons hot water

11/2 cups grated, raw sweet potatoes

1 cup chopped nuts

1 teaspoon vanilla


1 12-ounce can evaporated milk

1 cup sugar

1 stick margarine

3 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease three 8-inch layer pans; set aside.

To make cake:

In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In large bowl, combine oil and sugar; beat until smooth. Add egg yolks and beat well.

Add hot water, then sifted dry ingredients. Stir in sweet potatoes, nuts and vanilla, and beat well.

In small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into cake batter.

Divide batter evenly among prepared pans.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until done.

Cool completely before icing.

To make icing:

In saucepan, combine evaporated milk, sugar, margarine, egg yolks and vanilla.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 12 minutes, or until mixture thickens.

Remove from heat and add coconut.

Beat until cool and of spreading consistency.

Oatmeal cake

(Moriah Schwartz, of Salem, Indiana, sent this recipe.)


1 stick margarine

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup rolled oats

11/4 cups boiling water

11/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla


1/2 stick margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup cream

1 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-by-13-inch baking dish; set aside.

To make cake:

In large mixing bowl, mix cake ingredients in order given.

Pour batter into prepared dish.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until done.

Cool completely.

To make topping:

In saucepan, combine all topping ingredients. Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes.

Pour topping over cooled cake, and spread evenly to cover.

Beans and ice box


Sheila Jones, of Foster City, Michigan, hopes someone has a recipe for ice box cookies that includes navy beans. Her lost recipe was originally found on a calendar of recipes from employees of USF Trucking, a company in Holland, Michigan.

We didn’t receive any recipes that match Sheila’s description exactly, and an Internet search did not yield any such recipes either.

The recipes were either ice box cookies or cookies with navy beans, but not both.

It is possible that the cookie dough could be refrigerated to make ice box cookies; that may be an experiment for Sheila.

Sarah Vaughan, of Waterville, Maine, sends a cookie recipe she says is quite good.

Navy bean cookies

Yields 2 to 3 dozen cookies.

1 cup cooked navy beans

1/2 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups quick oats

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheet; set aside.

In food processor, puree beans until thick. Measure 1 cup puree and, in mixer, cream with butter and sugars.

Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients, and blend well.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for about 16 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool on wire rack.

Holiday cake delivery

Bernice Miller, of Bonner Springs, Kansas, remembers a time when the Manor Bakery drivers stopped at your house, took orders for the special Manor applesauce cake for the holidays, and then delivered it – along with their other wares – to your front door.

She wonders if anyone has the recipe for the applesauce cake.

“My mother saved her egg money to buy the applesauce cake for Thanksgiving,” Miller said, “and their fruitcake for Christmas.”

An Internet search lead to a recipe found on Answers.Yahoo.com.

Manor Bakery

applesauce cake

1/2 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup applesauce, chilled

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.

In large bowl, cream butter with sugar. Add applesauce, and beat well.

Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Blend in raisins and nuts.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until done.

Serve warm.

Excerpted from GRIT, Celebrating Rural America Since 1882. To read more articles from GRIT, visit www.Grit.com or call (866) 624-9388.

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