Baby Food Spice Cake

Have you ever found a recipe in your box and were instantly transported to the time and place you when you wrote it down? That's exactly what happened to me recently when going through my recipe box. I found this recipe for Baby Food Spice Cake.
I was probably 11 years old when I wrote down this recipe, as evidenced by my handwriting and the faded, stained, torn piece of spiral notebook paper. I have not made it in years, but knew it would be perfect for this time of year. Are you wondering what was inside that doodled box? I had written a boy's name and phone number  there.  Aaahhh, youth...
Here's what you need:
1 small jar plum or prune & apple baby food,1 small jar banana baby food, flour, sugar, oil, eggs, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, salt, and chopped nuts
Here's how you make it:
In mixing bowl, start by creaming the sugar and oil. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and stir until thoroughly combined.
Add in the baby foods, mixing to combine. (The original recipe called for plum baby food, but I was not able to find it at the store I went to. Perhaps they don't make plum baby food anymore? It's been awhile since I've looked.)
In separate bowl, place your flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and ground cloves.
Stir together and add to the mixer ingredients, scraping down the sides to incorporate the flour mixture throughout.
Add in the chopped nuts. I used almonds, because that's what I had on hand.
Pour evenly into bundt pan sprayed with baking spray(the kind with flour added to it already). Put into 350 degree oven and bake for about 55 minutes.
Serve with fresh whipped cream. Mine looks a bit like butter, but that's because I turned my head for a nano second when the mixer was whipping up my cream. Special note: pay attention to your whipping cream, lest it become like butter.

Baby Food Spice Cake

1 small jar of plum or apples & prunes baby food
1 small jar of banana baby food
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare bundt pan with baker's spray(the kind with flour in it). In mixing bowl, cream together sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating each one. Add the jars of baby food and stir to combine. In separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and ground cloves. Add to the baby food mixture, scraping the sides if necessary, to thoroughly combine. Stir in the chopped nuts to the mixture. Pour into prepared bundt pan and place in 350 degree oven. Bake for 55 minutes or until done when checked with a toothpick. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Clearly, this recipe made an impact on me when I was 11 years old. I took the time to write it out and I'm so glad I did. It has such great flavor with the combination of the cinnamon and the cloves, especially for this time of year. The sweet aroma wafting through the air when this is baking is absolutely heavenly. Enjoy!

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  1. I LOVE finding old, handwritten recipes--there are always great stories and memories behind them! This looks WONDERFUL! I'm following on Facebook--have a great day!

  2. Hi Nici,
    I just love the oldies but goodies recipes. I have a similar recipe, but mine calls for prune baby food and have not been able to find it in many years. I see that you have used the Prune/Applesauce which I will try with my recipe, but I'm trying yours first, it looks delicious! Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. That was the sweetest recipe I've ever seen written out. I need to go through my box to see if I've saved any of MINE! I was just given a bunch of baby food from a friend so I could use the jars... I better go see if I have any plum, etc hiding in there! This was such a fun post to read! Thank you! I'm clicking to follow you; found you through 5 days 5 ways...

  4. This is so cute! This sounds really good. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

  5. Loved the trip down Memory Lane! cute. and with 4 little kids, we've had baby food around for years, and I can't wait to give this a try!

  6. What a great idea!

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!


  7. I used to make this as a teenager! My family has since lost the recipe, so I am thrilled to have it once again. Thank you!

  8. Hi Nici,
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