I tried to get the recipe from them years after the restaurant closed, but they would not part with the recipe. I have thought a lot about that over the years and wondered why. I have come up with a couple of reasons why they would not share the recipe.
#1 It was a box recipe and they were to embarrassed to tell me that.
#2 They lost the recipe and didn't want to tell me.
#3 They used a frozen cake made by another company and didn't want to tell me.
#4 Or they are just heartless stingy people that don't understand the importance of sharing recipes.
I understand when someone has a recipe that they use to make a living on. Such as a speciality shop or cafe, etc. But to just not share a recipe is downright wrong. I don't believe in recipe hoarders. Life is to short to keep cooking secrets.
Our family learned that lesson the hard way. My grandmother was a wonderful cook and a recipe hoarder. She never would share her recipes with anyone. They were guarded secrets never to be revealed. She told us that we would get them after she died, that was her legacy to her family. We all anxiously waited for her to die. JUST KIDDING. But when she did die I approached her husband, my evil (not kidding) step grandfather for her recipes. He for a few dollars had sold them to a neighbor of theirs. I was shocked. How could he do that? Anyway, I approached the neighbor lady and asked her for the recipes. She informed me that she had bought them fair and square and they belonged to her. She even refused to give me copies.
I have long since forgiven her and my grandfather picturing in my mind my Grandmother beating them up on the other side. That has given me great comfort over the years. But the lesson was learned, share now the recipes you have with those you love and whoever asks. What a great complement when someone asks you for a recipe for food you prepared.
When I eat food prepared from a recipe from a friend or family member I think of them. We did have some recipes of my Grandmothers and each time I eat or taste food made from those recipes I think of my Grandmother. Nothing like food has the power to bring up cherished memories.
That is why I feel so strongly about sharing recipes. They are like strands of love that connect us to each other. It can build and strengthen family ties and friendships like nothing else can.
|Wheat Free Chocolate Cake with Almond Frosting|
I hope you are not a recipe hoarder. Remember that when you share a recipe you are sharing part of your heart with someone. Sharing a recipe is like saying "I love you".
Spelt Chocolate Layer Cake
This recipe is wonderful, it dates back 40 years or more. It was found in a collection of recipes from a man who had died, but spent his youth working in a bakery. This recipe had "good" written across the bottom of the page. It really is good, and also makes great cupcakes.
Step one: Cream following ingredients together until light.
4 oz. WonderFlour or fresh ground spelt flour
4 oz. sugar
3/4 pounds white sugar
9 oz. butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda, baking
2 teaspoons vanilla
pinch of cinnamon
Step two: Whip following ingredient into step one.
6 large eggs
Step three: whip in 1 1/2 cups of butter milk into step one and two.
Step four: Whisk together following ingredients and add to step one, two, and three. Beat until smooth.
12 oz. WonderFlour or fresh ground spelt flour
4 oz. powdered sugar
2 oz. cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
Fill three round 9in cake pans 3/4 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 22-26 minutes (Poke a toothpick in the center to see if it's done) This recipe could also be used for cupcakes.
Top with buttercream frosting and enjoy.