Money in the Cake!

One of the highlights of celebrating a birthday at the Stafford house was finding money in our cake. Our mother carefully wrapped quarters, dimes, and nickels in small squares of waxed paper, and she inserted them in between the layers of the cake.

Once the two layers of cake were baked and cooled on the racks, Mother would ice the bottom layer, and then place the coins wrapped in waxed paper on top of the icing, before adding the second layer, so that they were sandwiched in between the two layers.

After the money was placed between the layers, Mother iced the cake as usual, along the sides, and the top.

We all loved Mother’s chocolate cake, but for her birthday each year, Judy preferred Mother’s banana cake with chocolate icing.

Judy (Stafford) Ryan at the Stafford house, Third Line of Bathurst, 1960s

Mother’s Farmhouse

Banana Cake

1/2 c. shortening

1 1/2 c sugar

2 eggs

1 c mashed ripe bananas

2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 sour milk

1 c walnut pieces chopped

Mix batter, and spoon into 2 layer pans, and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

Cool when baked, ice first layer, and add coins wrapped in waxed paper, finish with your favourite icing.

When those cool fall winds blow, and the leaves are showing of their firey reds, brilliant oranges, and sunny yellows, our family remembers Judy’s birthday, each year, on October 3rd, and the excitement of finding those dimes and nickels hidden in her banana birthday cake!

Happy Birthday Judy!

Audry Stafford’s Banana Cake recipe from:

“Recipes & Recollections: Treats and Tales from Our Mother’s Kitchen”

(available at: The Book Nook, Perth, Ontario, Spark Books, Perth, Ontario, and

Arlene Stafford-Wilson

One comment on “Money in the Cake!

  1. Jackie Wharton says:

    I don’t think I ever tasted mother’s banana cake – it was probably quite moist.

    I recall it was mostly pennys (not sure how to spell that, ha maybe ies) and nickels when I was young.

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