Fruit Cocktail Cake

Grandma Draughon gave me this recipe when I was visiting her in North Carolina. I have the recipe in her own handwriting on Grandpa Draughon’s Durham Life Insurance notepad paper. She liked this cake.

(Submitted by Jean Barber)


2 cups sugar

2 cups self-rising flour

2 eggs

1 can fruit cocktail

¼ tsp. cinnamon

Mix sugar, eggs, and fruit cocktail juice.

Add flour and cinnamon and blend well.

Next add fruit cocktail and stir lightly.

Pour into casserole oblong dish or pan which has been well greased.

Bake at 325’F for 1 hour.


1 small can evaporated milk or whole milk

1 cup sugar

1 stick butter

½ cup grated coconut

¾ cup chopped nuts

Cook the first three ingredients 15 minutes over low heat.

Remove and pour coconut and nuts in and pour over hot cake.

Boiled Raisin Cake

We got this recipe from Mom. We made it from time to time at home when we were growing up.

 (submitted by Jean Barber)


Boil 10 minutes:

2 ½ cups water

1 pkg. raisins

1 ½ cups sugar

½ cup shortening

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

Cool and Add:

2 tsp. soda

4 cups flour

½ tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. cocoa

Nuts (if desired)

BAKE: 325’F in greased 9×13 pan

TIME: 45 minutes

Never Fail Chocolate Cake

This recipe came from mom’s friend. It is called Moist Chocolate Cake, and I received it again called Never Fail Chocolate Cake which is what I call it because it always turns out great!

(Submitted by Jean Barber)


2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup oil

2 eggs

2 ½ cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 cup buttermilk  (put 1 tsp. vinegar in 1 cup milk)

5 Tbsp. cocoa

1 cup hot water

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Put all in at the same time.

Beat until well blended.  Batter will be thin.

Bake  in 9 x 13 pan at 350’F for 25-30 minutes.

Lemon Squares

 Comment from the site moderator:  Honestly I can’t believe there’s not cherry juice in here too.  😉


Cream together:


2 cups flour

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 cup margarine

1/2 tsp. salt


Press into greased 9 x 13 pan.

Bake at 325’F (glass pan) or 350’F (metal pan) for 15 minutes.


Combine the following then pour over the hot crust:

 4 beaten eggs

4 Tbsp. flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

4 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 cups sugar

Bake at 325’F (glass pan) or 350’F (metal pan) for 25 minutes.

Sprinkle with icing sugar and cool before cutting and serving.

Store refrigerated.

Moo-Less Chocolate Pie


This is another healthy recipe from mom.  Yep… there’s cherry juice in here too!  🙂


13 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1/3 C. Cherry juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pound silken tofu, drained

1 tablespoon honey

1 (9-inch) prepared chocolate wafer crust, recipe follows


Place enough water in the bottom of a 4-quart saucepan to come 1 inch up the sides. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Melt the chocolate chips and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over the simmering water, stirring often with a rubber or silicone spatula.

Combine the tofu, chocolate mixture and honey in a blender or food processor and spin until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until the filling sets firm.

Chocolate Wafer Crust:

• 6 1/2 ounces chocolate wafer cookies

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spin the cookies and sugar in a food processor until fine crumbs. Then drizzle in the butter, pulsing to combine. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven until crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

Lasagna with Sliced Zucchini and Tomatoes









10 Lasagna Noodles (uncooked)

16 oz Cottage cheese

1 lb Ground Turkey

2 Onions

Oregano and Italian seasoning.

1 large can Tomato Sauce

Zucchini (thinly sliced – skin removed)

2 Tomato’s (sliced)

1.5 C. Cheese (grated)

Brown the meat and onions.

In a lasagna pan place 1 layer of uncooked lasagna noodles.

Cover with 1/2 carton cottage cheese.

Sprinkle browned onions and ground turkey on top.

Cover with tomato sauce. Sprinkle with Oregano and Italian seasoning.

Cover with thinly sliced zucchini and tomatoes.

Cover with grated cheese.

Repeat for second layer and end with cheese on top.

Pour 1.5 C. water over the top and in the corners.


Cook in 375’ F preheated oven for 50 minutes. Enjoy!

Chewy Choc Cherry Cookies


I Promised mom this would be the first recipe on the site!

As you will soon discover maraschino cherries are a staple and there is not much you can’t do with cherry juice!  🙂




1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

dash of salt

2 1/2 cups white flour

12 maraschino cherries

2 Tbsps. cherry juice

1 cup chocolate chips

Cream first three ingredients. Add eggs and vanilla. Add rest of ingredients. Roll into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake in 350’ F preheated oven for 8 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes 2 1/2 dozen chewy cookies.