Reunion Recipes: Desserts

July 14, 1998

Summer reunions are in full swing, bringing hordes of relatives hungering for nostalgic stories and Aunt Edna's apple fritters.

It's time to whip up the mouthwatering morsels that set the celebration apart from just any old picnic.

To offer some new choices, we asked readers to submit their favorite recipes to take to a family reunion.

The responses were a nice mix of desserts, entrees and side dishes - tried and true recipes that keep folks coming back for more.

Because we know so many people have a sweet tooth, we're starting with dessert.

On Wednesday, July 22, we'll feature some of our readers' favorite recipes for entrees and side dishes.

- Teri Johnson, Staff Writer

Linda Stevens of Hagerstown has been making Mayonnaise Cake for about 30 years.

Stevens, a cook at Woodpoint Grill in Hagerstown, got the recipe from her mother, the late Ruth Kriner.

Mayonnaise is substituted for eggs and butter, and it makes the cake heavy and moist, says Stevens, 50.


"Tasting is believing," she says.

Mayonnaise Cake (Moist Chocolate Cake)

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup hot water

Blend all ingredients with mixer 2 to 3 minutes and pour into greased loaf or round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

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