Minerva's Prune Cake Recipe

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Minerva's Prune Cake

Bryson Hatfield


This recipe was one that belonged to my great-great grandmother, Minerva Modlin, who was born in 1898 and died in 1966. She made this cake for her children and grandchildren-and they all enjoyed it.

My great-aunt copied down the recipe many years ago and allowed me copy it down, so I could learn to make it. It is out of this WORLD!

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1 1/2 c
granulated sugar
1 c
butter or margarine, softened
3 large
2 c
self-rising flour
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 c
prunes, cooked and mashed
1 tsp


1 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
1/2 stick
butter or margarine
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together the flour and spice and add to mixture, alternating with 1 cup buttermilk. Stir in prunes and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Spread into either a 10 inch tube or bundt pan or a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Bake for 1 hour. Cool slightly.
Bring the sugar, buttermilk, butter and baking soda to a boil. Boil until slightly thickened and drizzles off a spoon. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over slightly cooled cake.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes