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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Grandma Block's Sour Cream Cake

Sour Cream Cake 
(marked with a Very Good)
PS  Please take the time to sift your flour twice with a sifter, as Gma did, otherwise the cake will turn out heavy.

two eggs, beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sour cream (this is fresh, whole "farm" cream that has gone sour, not the sour cream in the supermarket)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda in cream
1 tsp cinnamon
flour for ordinary cake batter, 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 cups, start with less and add more, depending upon humidity
This batch makes 2 layers and is good with brown sugar frosting

As written by my Great Grandmother Margarethe 'Maggie' Block.

Brown Sugar Frosting

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white corn syrup

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Cook the ingredients except powdered sugar in a heavy cast iron skill until smooth.  Take off the heat and beat in the sugar.  Spoon over your cake.  Frosting hardens when it cools.


  1. Your mother's recipe looks yummy. Do I need to buy fresh cream and let it sit in the frig for a week or two until it smells a bit off? or can I add a bit of vinegar? I've cooked for about 45 years, but haven't cooked with soured cream.
    Thank you for sharing your family recipe.

  2. Dear Sheila,

    I asked my mother about this and she said that her grandmother lived on a farm with cows, so she used cream that soured naturally. She used non-pastuerized cream, which, according to my Mom, made the cake absolutely delicious. My mother requests that if you make the cake, can you please post a picture online, as this will bring back fond memories. Thank you!

  3. PS Sheila,
    Mom says that vinegar will sour the cream faster.

  4. I love the very good note she put on it. My grandmother and mom did/does the same thing and I just love it!

  5. I have my mother's recipe box that also contains her mother's recipe cards... and I love the hand written recipes AND the comments. I also love the ingredient lists with items such as "a 10 cent box of marshmallows"... *lol* I suppose it's a good thing I remember 10-cent boxes of marshmallows!

    I think it's a wonderful idea to share your family's recipes... am looking forward to following along!

  6. I'm a sucker for recipes! Thanks!
    (I'm a quilter and found this by way of your blog!)

  7. Love these old recipes. You had to be a really good (experienced) cook to get good results with some of their vague instructions. Love the "very good". My mom had a funny code - she would write NG for not good. Didn't want to actually write something bad, in case the author happened to see that note some day! Looking forward to more recipes~

  8. I've heard of sour cream in cake before, sounds like a great recipe. Thanks for linking up! This is gonna be a fun week, seeing what "secret ingredient" people hide in their recipes!

    Just a "sneak peak" for next week, the theme is "HUBBY COOKS". So, we hope to see you again next Monday (and maybe if you don't already have a husband that cooks, you can talk him into making you dinner this week... that's what I have to do!)


  9. mmmm when our Mumm said soda...POP or baking soda...
    sounds good..it would be very moist

  10. What a great recipe, it looks delicious. I would like to invite you to share with Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

  11. Sounds very moist and yummy!
    My mom has the original Betty Crocker cook book she won in tenth grade! She has tons of hand written recipes on sheets of paper in between the pages. I hope to inherit it some day!(as she won't isn't willing to give it up)

  12. This does sound delicious. I am a fan of using sour cream in recipes. I have a sour cream panckae recipe on my blog.


    Newest follower to your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  13. There is nothing better than originals! I could never replace my grandma's handwritten recipes. They are so dear to me. Just seeing her perfect handwriting makes me so happy. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love this!!!!
    Thank you for sharing!http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/

  15. Interesting, that I had that same file box at one time. It was my first, I wonder what happen to it. Now I have my mom's and also blog about her recipes. Isn't fun to pass along the recipes? Enjoying your blog. I also bake with sour cream and home-made yogurt. Makes breads, cakes and cookies lighter.

  16. Hi Mary Ann,
    I am so excited to see that you brought that wonderful Sour Cream Cake to share with us today. It is a really great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  17. I love my grandma's old recipes. SOme of the best cookin' can't wait to try your grandmas cake. It sounds delish!

    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Congratulations Mary Ann and Mother!
    You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. You are welcome to stop by and pick up your Red Plate, enjoy!