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  1. Oh my gosh Sue, this looks fantastic. Pinned and on my list of what to bake next!

  2. Hi Pat, I would love to see your Grandma’s recipe, that would be great to compare.

  3. Gosh yes, I have some much loved recipes from my Mom, thank you for the reminder.

  4. This sounds just like my grandma’s banana cake recipe and I still have the file card that the recipe is written on and it looks just like your Myrtle Beach recipe.

  5. I love the histories behind the recipes I have inherited from my mom. I have never heard of a banana cake but I am so grateful for the photos and backstory – thanks!

  6. Beast of a cake, that is a very good description Sharon. It is true for me too that I would rather bake than cook any day of the week.

  7. Sharon Greenthal says:

    I adore baking, and the one thing I know for sure is baking is all about the precise measurements! No wonder you were so frustrated. I’m so glad you mastered this beast of a cake.

  8. Hi Erin, Glad you got a laugh about this bane of my existence. It is heartening to know of someone else who struggles replicating a family recipe too. Thanks for such a nice comment.

  9. This made me laugh. I love the photos of the old recipe complete with hand written notes! I also love that you ‘kinda like it’ now.
    My MIL made my husband a chocolate cake every year for his birthday and you would be right if you guessed I make it for him now and have for the past 18 (soon to be 19) years! BUT. He actually prefers the cake made out of a box…so I can’t say we share the same experience. Now…his Grandmothers rolls? A different story altogether! She was sweet as pie though so no guilt was poured into the recipe she passed on to me–it’s trying to replicate them I struggle with!

  10. I am so happy I gave you a banana cake giggle today.

  11. I’ve got the same problem here with a Cream Cheese cake. Never the same. Never as good as…. blahblahblah. Damn our mother-n-laws and the boys they raised!

  12. House Crazy Sarah says:

    Hilarious Sue!! Did you let your husband read this?

  13. Lucky Duck! Husband likes every single thing mother made. Of course my menu rocks too.

  14. Oh, the things we do for love.

    My husband didn’t like anything his mother made so I was off the hook.

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