Table of Contents: CAKES


1 cup butter or margarine

¾ cup dry powdered cocoa

¼ cup canola or vegetable oil

4 eggs, very well-beaten

2 cups granulated sugar

½ cup plain flour

1 ½ cups pecans, chopped

1 container cream cheese fruit dip (use only part of the container contents)

1 container fresh red raspberries, washed & drained






Prepare a 9” X 13” baking pan with spray oil.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt the butter or margarine; then add the cocoa, and stir until blended.  Stir in the oil ; then  the well-beaten eggs.


Mix in the sugar and flour until all ingredients are well blended.  Stir in the pecans and pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.  Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes.  Test the center of the cake to be sure that it is done.


Do not turn this cake out of the pan.  Allow the cake to completely cool; then put dollops of the cream cheese fruit dip on top of the cake like polka-dots and top each dollop  with one or more raspberries.  To serve the cake, cut into squares and served from the baking pan.


I made this luscious cake for Georgia’s 81st birthday.  Georgia taught me how to cook along with my mother, so it was only fitting that I make her birthday cake.  I kind of got my dates wrong about her birthday.  Years ago she had told me that her mother had told her she was born in one year and the government had said that it was  born another year.  What I did not know was that it had been agreed upon that she was born in 1931.  So instead of congratulations on her 80th birthday, it was her 81st!

That’s par for the course for me, I’m always “a day late and a dollar short”!  Regardless of my mistake, we still had lots of a fun.   My brother, Tommy, and his wife Linda served a great dinner for Georgia and her sister, Callie.  Joe and I joined them along with my special-needs sister, Scotty.   Georgia helped raise Scotty from age 6 months and was a second mother to Scotty!

We had such a fun afternoon, telling crazy, funny stories about things that had happened through the years.  My family and the Cotton-McKeithen families have been inter-twined my whole life.

So, Georgia, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more!


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