January 19,2021

It is the eve of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Tomorrow, though fraught with tension and anxiety, is a Big Deal!

I still remember “my” first inauguration. It was 1961 and the youngest president to date was being sworn in: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. My whole family was watching on TV. I was 12 years old and my mother let me make her new recipe for sour cream cake to celebrate. I’m not sure my parents were Democrats…maybe they were excited because JFK  was a Catholic!

It is still my brother David’s favorite cake. And I always bake it for Inauguration Day. (Well, almost…I was sick last Inauguration Day.) This year will be back to normal. I make it in a roasting pan size,  and cut it in three parts and freeze two sections for another time. (“It keeps beautifully,” as my mother would say.)

Everyone knows the quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you—-ask what you can do for your country.” But with JFK and the Sour Cream Cake on my mind, I decided to check out some other quotes from his famous Inaugural Address. I’ve selected a few below. They seem very timely …for TODAY!

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

UNITED there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we CAN do.

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.

So…tomorrow I will be celebrating…FINALLY!! I’ll be baking this cake. perhaps you’d like to celebrate with me!!

SourCream Cake

1/2 cup of butter

1 cup of sugar

2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups sour cream

Nut Topping:  1 /2cup chopped nuts ( I use pecans), 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup sugar

Cream butter and sugar.  Sift together flour and other dry ingredients. Add eggs to creamed mixture. Add vanilla…beat well. Now add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternately with sour cream.

Put half the batter in the pan (rectangular pan). Spread 1/2 the nut topping over batter. Pour rest of batter…and the remaining nut topping on top.

Bake @ 350 for 45 minutes if you use a regular sized pan

I always double the recipe and bake it in a 10x 14 pan @ 325 for 50 minutes. Of course, I also test first with a knife…make sure it’s done!

Enjoy! ?  Ciao, Patty ✌️?


My Inauguration Cake

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4 thoughts on “My Inauguration Cake

  1. As usual, fantastic message and fantastic recipe. Bravo!
    You combined your passions of cooking and writing using this vehicle to display them perfectly!

  2. So love this! Make cake with Peaceful intent to bring all together! Looking forward to watching tomorrow. May just have to make a crockpot peach cobbler and add some blue food coloring to celebrate the State of my birth!
    Miss you two! Happy New Year!

  3. Wish I had seen this earlier. I’ll be joining you with the sour cream cake party fashionably late… don’t have enough sour cream. Love the message and you both!

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