Today I am sharing a very special recipe with you. While this isn’t my traditional dairy-free, gluten-free sweet treat, it is a a very memorable one for my Grammy. This is an old-fashioned pecan date cake recipe that she used to love as a girl.
Let me tell you a little story about this recipe.
My Grammy was born in 1930, smack dab in the middle of the great depression. Her mother had six children, my Grammy being the last one born.
In fact, when WWII started, my Grammy was a young teenager, and she said each week their mom would ask them what they would like their sugar ration to be used on. It could either be for tea, coffee or a dessert.
Grammy said they learned to drink tea and coffee black, just so they could enjoy a sweet every week.
This old-fashioned pecan date cake was her favorite one.
I loved hearing how excited Grammy was when her mom made this cake! Her mother got this recipe from her mother, so it dates back to the late 1800s at least.
When my Grammy was married in the early 1950s, her oldest sister sent her a bunch of family recipes to add to her recipe box. This was one of them. Grammy made this cake a few times in the 50s and 60s, but her family (my dad included) preferred a pie or chocolate cake.
It has been close to 50 years since she has probably had some.
So, I took a photo of the recipe to recreate it at home for Easter. I got to surprise Grammy with it!