Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vintage Thingie Thursday: Vintage PINK Cake back after 40 years

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I was going to post the second half of my vintage books, but this week for some reason my photos did not want to load, so I moved on to the post I had set up for next week. Hopefully, I will get it figured out.

Vintage Lunchboxes bring back lots of memories of the favorite subject in grade school, which was always lunch, then recess. I used to love shopping for school boxes at the beginning of the school year. One year, I had a lunch box just like this one....but I remember I wanted another kind, and for the life of me I can not remember what it I guess it was not too important after all. But I would take my lunch in this same type of box when I did not want to eat what was in the cafeteria.

There was never a day that this very cake was not served that I brought a lunch from home. This "pink" cake was my very favorite thing we had at school. I remember thinking all morning about that slice of pink cake that would be on my tray at lunch, and crossed my fingers that the lady working behind the counter with the hairnet on would be nice and give me a big slice!!

Do you remember these lunch trays? That wonderful pink cake would be in the top left square.....the thought of that very cake would make my mouth water! In all of 40 years since grade I just say that??? Anyway, I have never come close to finding any cake similar to that beloved "PINK" cake we had in grade school.

A couple of weeks ago on facebook, there were groups popping up about what town you grew up in...I joined that group from my hometown and not long after joining, one of the discussions was about this very pink cake!

It seems that I was not the only one who had fond memories of this delicious cake served from the school cafeteria. There were schoolmates from all ages talking about that pink cake and how yummy it was. My friend's mother worked as the bakery manager of the school district and with a little prodding from my friend, she was able to break the recipe down from serving a hundred people to a size fit for a family.

I am posting the recipe here for you to enjoy if you care to take a trip back to the late 60's and a homemade cake that was served to school children of all ages. A cake so wonderful, we are all still talking about it 40 and 50 years later. It was so nice to relive a wonderful memory of school lunches and something so wonderful, I have not been able to recreate it in all my adult years.....until now.

"PINK" cake - By the wonderful bakers at Burleson School District

How to:

cream together 2/3 cup shortening and 1 1/2 cup sugar. Beat in 3 eggs. Sift together 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1 package of Strawberry Jello (small box)

Stir in 1 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla alternately with flour mixture into the shortening and sugar mixture. ( I used my kitchen-aid mixer to mix all the ingredients)

Pour into greased and floured (2) 9 inch pans or one 9X13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.


1 lb. or 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
red food coloring - add enough to get the pink color your want.

Mix well and frost cake.

Then, sit back with a vintage plate and a slice of this vintage treasure. Once you take a bite you will think you have died and gone to heaven....or in my case.....whirled back in time to a loud lunchroom filled with rowdy kids and the smell of mediocre pizza in the air. Back to a much simpler time, a time that was slower paced, a time where school lunches were prepared by moms and ladies who baked for school children from scratch.

This is a treasured memory that I really thought was all but forgotten, and I am here to tell you, this cake is all it was back in my grade school years. The icing the same, the cake texture and flavor the same. It has been a memory and a dream come true all rolled up into one.  Yes, a treasured memory for me and my taste buds. Hope you enjoy!!

Happy Vintage Thingie Thursday everyone....and special thanks to Betty who is and will always be, the very best cake baker I have ever known.......


  1. I have never heard of the Pink Cake, but it must be yummy to hold such a nice memory! Thanks so much for hosting!

  2. Oh that pink cake looks yummy! I remember wanting the yellow cake with chocolate frosting at my school. It was THE best cake. memories.

  3. I enjoyed reading your story! It brought back memories of the lunchroom for me too. We weren't lucky enough to have pink cake though!

  4. Ok, I will be making this cake and it will be called "Suzanne's Pink School Cake"!

  5. Very cool story. I don't think we ever had pink cake at school. But it really looks yummy!

    Jocelyn @

  6. How sweet that cake looks Suzanne. I can just imagine how much you guys loved it as a child. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I don't have anything to share this week but i hope to be back with VTT soon.

  7. The picture of the lunch box reminded me of the plaid lunch boxes we had when we were little. So I did a post. The pink cake looks really yummy! Thank you for hosting VTT each week. It's one of my favorite memes.

  8. Such a sweet, pun intended, story. I was deprived, I never had "Pink School Cake".
    Thanks for sharing and posting.
    Blessings, Ginger

  9. Pink cake is my favorite-my mom always made it for my birthday!

  10. We're all about picking out lunchboxes at our house this week. Your cake recipe looks fabulous. Thanks for hosting another fabulous party!

  11. Thanks for sharing the recipe for the cake.It looks delicious and is going on my 'must-try' list!! Would you believe I never ate a school lunch?! Man, I'd love to have the option of going through a cafeteria line nowadays!

  12. OMWord, we get to try it! I am soooo excited.

  13. pink cake! I am so drueling, the color is perfect!!!


  14. Suzanne,

    We didn't have pink cake at my school either, but I am definately going to try this. Thanks for sharing!


  15. It is strange what we tend to remember, and things we should, do not. I cannot recall if or when I attended a school with a cafeteria. May not have had them in my school days. I do remember taking my lunch in a sack or syrup bucket, with a buttered biscuit and syrup. That cake really looks good and tempting.

  16. What a very sweet memory of school; and a tasty one! How amazing that you found some other people who loved that cake too...and got the recipe!! Thanks for sharing it...I think I may have to try it out for sounds delicious. I don't recall any desserts from grade school...but then again, I never got the "hot lunch" at school. I had a lunch box (it had the Bee Gees on it!) and a packed lunch every day until I was in high school!

  17. Mom made a pink Strawberry cake that was my favorite...It was yummy, too!!!

  18. Hi Suzanne! I'm feeling nostalgic about school too! Thanks for hosting.

    Susan and Bentley

  19. Boy do I remember those trays! and yum that cake looks soooooo good!

  20. Ahh, school trays. I was one of those strange kids who liked school lunches. I loved the little compartment trays...the adventure of "what will it be today"? This post gave me a smile!

  21. I'm glad you FINALLY got the recipe for your dream cake, Suzanne! Funny, but I don't remember EVER having a cake like that in school. But then again, I went to school in a totally different state. ;)

    Thanks for hosting!

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  22. That does look so yummy! I have fond memories of my cafeteria days, too. It was so much better when the food was cooked right there from scratch. A "sweet" memory.

  23. We had pink cake, too! I had completely forgotten about it until you posted about it. I'll have to make it for the next church function. =)

  24. This is such a sweet post. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have a little girl who is going to LOVE it. :)
    Happy weekend!

  25. Thanks for stopping by my blog, My Old Historic House, for Pink Saturday. It is always good to hear from you and visit your blog. I am going to do the pink cake for my nieces wedding, which is sure to be an explosion of pink. Thanks, Richard

  26. My school served this, too! Oh I can just taste it! Thanks for the memory! ♥


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