“The Conversation Piece” this Week – Succulent Cake Decor (4/2/17 – 4/8/17) 4

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The Conversation Piece this Week

Oh. My. Check out these very clever succulent cakes and cup cakes in an article on House Beautiful, written by Gina Mei! Aren’t they gorgeous?!


I make my Grandma’s Crazy Cake recipe quite often (it’s a family favorite for over 70 years) and the next time I make it, I’m going to turn it into succulent cup cakes for the May Day Baskets I make for our neighbors! I’ll place a cupcake in a vintage tea cup and wrap with a clear cellophane bag – that should look pretty cool. Want the recipe? I thought so! Here it is – enjoy!

Grandma’s Crazy Cake


  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups Cold Water


  1. Add all dry ingredients into a 9″ x 13″ cake pan (no need to use a bowl), and mix well.
  2. Add all wet ingredients to the cake pan and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Bake in 350-degree oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  4. Cool and frost with your favorite frosting (we like using a Cream Cheese Frosting).
  5. This cake tastes great all the time, but we especially like it served after it’s been in the refrigerator – it’s very dense and very moist and when it’s cold, it’s just even better!

Let’s Start the Conversation!

Do you have any special cake or cupcake decorating techniques that you do?

What’s your favorite “vintage” homemade cake recipe?

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