Friday, June 12, 2009

Foodie Friday — Reunion Cake


Nothing goes together like food and family, so this week I decided to share the recipe that won last year's Golden Spoon Award at my family reunion. Our annual gathering is held at General Coffee State Park outside of Douglas, Georgia. Last year we had about 100 family members attend and when you get that many Southern cooks together you can imagine how well we feasted.

This cake was made by my cousin Frances, who thought she didn't deserve the award for such a simple recipe. The secret ballots told a different story. This cake is the tall chocolate-covered one on your left in the photograph.

Reunion Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 box chocolate cake mix

Make cake mixes according to directions on box. Slice each cake into approximately six thin layers. Leave to cool while you prepare frosting.

Fudge Frosting (double the recipe for 12 layers):

1 stick butter
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup canned milk
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Boil butter, sugar and milk for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Beat until smooth and ready to frost cake. While still warm spread frosting between layers and on top of cake so that it soaks into the layers. Be sure to alternate the chocolate and yellow layers.

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18 Thoughtful Comments:

CrazyCris said...

sounds dangerous, yummmmm!

but I don't have those cake mixes here in Spain! we have to do it all from scratch! (although most years I do manage to have someone bring me a box of devil's food cake mix so I'll have it for my birthday!) ;o)

over the years I've kind of given up on cakes... but I do make some killer brownies from scratch! the secret is always in the quality of chocolate used, and I brought a stock with me from Belgium... divine! (had some for dessert last night)

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

No cake mixes? Oh no! But the best cakes are those from scratch.

Cris, you're going to have to share your recipe for killer brownies one of these Fridays!

Joyce said...

I clicked on the photo to enlarge and all those cakes look amazing. it must be such a fun time sampling all those cakes. Can I say I am a long distant cousin so that I can come next year?
Joyce

Beach House Dreamer said...

Not bad, a family reunion of a 100! And the cake sounds yummi.

The Fajdich Times said...

Your cake looks wonderful! Have a great beach weekend:)

Mary said...

Wow! How did you keep the cake from toppling? Or did you make two cakes and just alternate layers? Whatever you did, it sounds like it was worthy of the accolades it received. Have a wonderful day.

imjacobsmom said...

What a simple concept but I bet it tasted as good as it looked. We have an annual family picnic but we aren't that organized. Everyone makes the same thing year in and year out or you are in BIG trouble. ~ I think we should have a dessert or cake contest, too. ~ Robyn

DeAnna said...

oooooo chocolate! I'll have to try this soon!

The Blonde Duck said...

Stopped in from Mary's to say hi!!! I feel more relaxed already!

Lori E said...

As a genealogy researcher I hope you guys are gleaning information from the more senior members at the reunion. Tape recorders and note pads, forget the cake.."sorry Great Aunt Mary, no time to eat cake, now tell me about the house you lived in?"
Your son's carving is fabulous by the way.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

No Lori, we eat cake (and much more), laugh, dance and share lots of hugs at our reunions. The other 364 days of the year our genealogists collect stories, photos, videos, names and dates. We all have extensive trees and we all share any info we find. One cousin sits on the board of the Huxford Library, so he documents everything for us. My history goes back to 1607 in America, but the reunion is all about celebrating being together on that day. Reunions are a "breather" for us. lol

The Satilla Library in Douglas is the best place for families from South Georgia, researchers leave notes in the family files there and it is full of treasures!

Here Under the Rainbow said...

We don't have 100 family members at our family reunion but my mother sure cooks like we do. We use family gatherings as a complete excuse for gluttony. To work it off, my brother thought it is smart to play some sort of sport on Wii. But I have given up on that idea when I threw my shoulders out playing Wii bowling!! I will be the topic of redicule and amusement for the next countless gatherings...
Have a great weekend.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

12 layers...wow... it does sound delicious!! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Gollum said...

What a great idea, mixing the different cake mixes. But the layers are pure genius. The cake looks--and sounds--like the best cake ever.
XX OO

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Sounds yummy. You can never go wrong with chocolate.

Libby Murphy said...

How can that cake be anything but over the top delicious! Great idea!
Happy Twirls

Alison said...

holy cake batman. I am SO PMS'ing and needing cake...

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Alison, you are still making me laugh today!

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